Senior Researcher, Longitudinal Surveys
NatCen Social Research
London, GB
2d ago

The role

The Longitudinal Survey team conducts longitudinal and cohort studies, including the English Longitudinal Survey of Ageing (ELSA), the National Child Development Survey (NCDS) and Understanding Society.

This team is also home to the NatCen’s innovative and expanding probability Panel.

We are looking for an experienced researcher with a background in quantitative social survey or market research. The successful candidate will play a crucial role in day-to-day management and delivery of high-profile surveys, including those for central government, universities, charities and other public sector clients.

Our projects use the full range of data collection techniques. Many are actively developing their approach in response to COVID and offering new opportunities for methodological innovation.

Our senior researchers are responsible for a survey from development to delivery, so you will have opportunities to be involved in all stages including design, set up, monitoring fieldwork, data analysis and reporting.

You will need to be an effective communicator as you will be working with external collaborators and customers, as well as other NatCen staff.

Having the ability to inspire, plan work for and supervise more junior staff is also integral to this role.

The candidate

The successful candidate will have a background in quantitative social survey or market research.

Also, the successful candidate will :

  • Have a proven track record of managing and delivering high-quality quantitative research studies, helping to ensure their delivery to time and budget;
  • Have strong quantitative research skills and experience of conducting research surveys and analysing the resulting data;
  • Be passionate about social research, with an interest in survey design and methodology;
  • Have strong project management skills and be able to work well under pressure and to manage deadlines effectively;
  • Be a good communicator and work well as part of a team;
  • Have a track record of building positive relationships with customers, funders, and / or partners.
  • About the National Centre for Social Research

    At the National Centre for Social Research, we're driven by the belief that social research has the power to make life better.

    Our research influences policy makers, practitioners, academics and the media, shaping our understanding of the world we live in and how it is changing.

    We offer a friendly, flexible, supportive and stimulating working environment, with a range of benefits, including a generous defined contribution pension scheme with life assurance, learning and development opportunities, season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, a comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme and an extensive employee benefit / discount voucher scheme.

    Why work for us

    As well as a competitive salary and excellent working environment (including home / office hybrid) you will be working for the largest independent social research organisation in the UK.

    We are proud of the benefits we offer our employees which include

  • 25 days holiday (plus 8 bank holidays) which increases to 30 days after 3 years of employment;
  • Generous company pension scheme;
  • Life insurance and health cash plan;
  • NatCen Rewards, our online benefits scheme offering discounts at over 800 retailers and service providers;
  • Cycle to Work scheme and season ticket loan;
  • Enhanced parental leave and Employee Assistance Programme;
  • Career development, professional subscriptions support and mentoring support from industry leading experts.
  • Application process

    The National Centre for Social Research is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive environment and committed to equality of opportunity.

    We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented and marginalised groups.

    Applications close on 12th August 2021.

    Job reference : HR / SRSDA

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