Research Assistant: Science and Emerging Technology

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.

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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 wish to recruit an exceptional candidate at the Research Assistant level. Although the role will be based in our Cambridge office, we are currently predominantly working from home, so it is possible to be based anywhere in the UK in the short term. Fluency in English is essential and proficiency in one or more other languages would be an asset.

Science and Emerging Technology (SET) team members have backgrounds in science, innovation and technology policy, and other natural and social science disciplines. We are looking for applicants with a postgraduate degree (Masters or PhD) or equivalent experience in one of these areas.

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.

Please note this is a 2-year fixed term position. We are not able to offer sponsorship for this role, please ensure you have the ongoing right to work in the UK.
Key Responsibilities: You will be required to:

Support project teams in research by:

  • conducting literature reviews
  • conducting, supporting and transcribing interviews
  • undertaking analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
  • preparing presentations and research briefs
  • coordinating meetings and events, including taking minutes
  • Analyse calls for tender to identify proposal requirements, with supervision
  • Support the collation of administrative documents for proposals
  • Draft sections of reports under supervision
  • Proofread and check documents
  • Make corporate contributions through supporting RAND processes such as quality assurance and research ethics
  • Provide occasional corporate support with administrative tasks
  • Communicate with clients with supervision

Skills, Qualifications and Experience: You will have:

Basic knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and their application

  • Basic report writing skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Intermediate Excel, Powerpoint and Word

Benefits: – 8% Employer contribution pension – BUPA medical insurance – Income protection – Group life assurance – Employee Assistance scheme – Enhanced holiday allowance – Enhanced maternity and paternity pay – Fresh fruit every day – Free parking – Cycle to work scheme – Company bikes – Employee wellbeing initiatives How to Apply: Please submit an application via RAND Europe’s online careers portal comprising a CV, covering letter and a short writing sample in English (up to 3 pages, aimed at a non-technical audience), which will all need to be submitted as one document.

The deadline for applications is 29*th* October 2021*

RAND Europe has a legal responsibility to ensure that all its employees have the legal right to live and work in the UK. Therefore, if you are made an offer of employment, this will be subject to RAND verifying that you are eligible to work in the UK before you start work.

Location: Westbrook Centre,Milton Road, Cambridge CB4

Job Type: Contract

Work Location: Multiple Locations