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Research Assistant: Home Affairs and Social Policy

We are looking for exceptional candidates to join the Home Affairs programme at Research Assistant level.

We invite applications from individuals with a background in any of the following topics: education, crime and justice, employment and health and wellbeing. We also welcome interest from individuals with quantitative skills or a background in economics.


The role will be based at our Cambridge (UK) office but there will be some opportunity for travel.  Fluency in English is essential. Proficiency in one or more other languages would be an asset. In addition to our strong ethos of evidence based research RAND Europe is a values-driven organisation and our experience shows that our most successful researchers closely align their behaviours with our value set.


Position Summary:

Addresses complex policy questions by supporting research and analysis on behalf of our clients and supports the research group in submitting proposals and delivering multiple projects in a timely and accurate manner. Supports corporate activity as required.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Supports 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

  • Analyses calls for tender to identify proposal requirements, with supervision

  • Supports the collation of administrative documents for proposals

  • Drafts sections of reports under supervision

  • Proof reads and checks documents

  • Makes corporate contributions through supporting RAND processes such as quality assurance and research ethics

  • Provides occasional corporate support with administrative tasks

  • Communicates with clients and partners with supervision

  • Ad hoc duties as required


About the team:

Home Affairs and Social Policy (HASP) team members have backgrounds in education (including early childhood education and care, school effectiveness), employment and social policy (including skills, employability, workplace wellbeing, gender equality), migration, policing and criminal justice, natural and social science disciplines. We collaborate widely with like-minded academic and other organisations across Europe, with the RAND Corporation in the U.S., and we have and continue to build strong research partnerships with collaborators internationally.


Skills and Experience:

  • Some relevant experience in a similar or a research role

  • Basic knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and their application

  • Basic report writing

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Intermediate Word

  • Intermediate Excel

  • Intermediate PowerPoint

  • Post graduate degree or equivalent


Benefits package:

  • 8% Employer contribution pension

  • BUPA Medical insurance

  • Childcare vouchers

  • Enhanced holiday allowance

  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay

  • Flexiable working arrangements

  • Permanent health insurance

  • Group life assurance

  • A friendly multinational work environment

  • Employee wellbeing initativies - such as cycle to work schemes, fresh fruit and company bikes