Quantitative Research Analyst – Science and Emerging Technologies

Position Summary: RAND Europe is a not-for-profit organisation that conducts independent research. Our mission is to help improve policy and decision-making through evidence-based research and analysi

Position Summary: RAND Europe is a not-for-profit organisation that conducts independent research. Our mission is to help improve policy and decision-making through evidence-based research and analysis. We have a track record of providing expert advice that directly influences policy decisions in the UK and across Europe. Our work lies on the continuum between that of universities and consultancies, combining the academic rigour of universities and the professional, task orientated approach of consultancies.

The Science and Emerging Technology group at RAND Europe conducts a wide-ranging portfolio of policy research for a diverse client base in the UK, Europe and beyond. Our work covers:

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Research on research: *Analysis of research and innovation systems including how they work and how they can be improved. This includes evaluations of portfolios of R&I, research strategy development, landscape reviews and assessment of research impact.

  • Emerging technology: Analysis of the trends, applications and impacts of new and emerging technologies from AI and blockchain to quantum computing and virtual reality. This includes examining the societal and policy implications of technologies across sectors and a broad set of areas such as data governance; privacy, trust and ethics; public engagement; work and skills; and wider technology oversight.

We work with and for public, private and third sector funders; and collaborate frequently with universities and other research organisations.

We are looking for a talented individual to join our high-performing research group who can support our research and analysis activities with a flexible and collaborative approach and interest in one or more of the policy areas in which we work.

We would be particularly interested in candidates with skills and/or experience in quantitative methods. Ideally these would have been applied in a policy context, but we would also be interested to hear from researchers with experience applying quantitative methods in another context (e.g. science or engineering) and a demonstrable interest in policy.

This is an opportunity for a motivated individual who is qualified to post graduate degree level with demonstrable experience in quantitative and/or qualitative analysis to join a world-class policy research organisation with a collaborative and supportive working culture.
Key Responsibilities:

  • Collect and analyse qualitative and/or quantitative data to support the Science and Emerging Technology group’s research
  • Typical methods we use include desk research, literature review, interviews, workshops, surveys, economic modelling, econometrics, statistics
  • We would be particularly interested in candidates with expertise in quantitative approaches and demonstrable experience using R or Python, whether for policy research or in another context
  • Help to project manage research tasks, ensuring they are delivered within time, and to budget, communicating with clients and collaborators, and working within small project teams;
  • Contribute to writing project reports and other research outputs, such as conference presentations, articles in peer-reviewed journals (or equivalent) and blog posts;
  • Support business development efforts by contributing to proposal- and grant-writing and other business-winning activities.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience: You will be qualified to post graduate degree level or equivalent. Ideally, you will have relevant work experience after university.

RAND Europe has an extensive skills and development programme that will build your capabilities and equip you for the range of challenging and exciting tasks that we will ask you to work on. You will also have dedicated support for your personal development.
Benefits: – 8% Employer pension contributions – BUPA medical insurance – 33 days holiday allowance, including the Bank Holidays – Enhanced family friendly policies – Flexible working arrangements – Group income protection scheme – Group life assurance – Compassionate leave – Fresh fruit every day – Free parking – Cycle to work scheme – Company bikes – Discounted gym membership – Employee wellbeing training and support How to Apply: We are unable to offer sponsorship for this role, and thus you must already have the right to work in the UK.

Fluency in English is also essential and proficiency in other EU languages would be useful.

Please submit an application via RAND Europe’s online careers portal. You will need to submit a CV, covering letter and a short writing sample (up to 3 pages, aimed at a non-technical audience). This will need to be submitted as one single document.

The deadline for applications is Friday 29th July 2022*

Location: Westbrook Centre,Milton Road, Cambridge CB4

Job Type: Full-time

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