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Research Assistant - Defence, Security & Infrastructure

We are looking for a dedicated Research Assistant to support work in our Infrastructure team (which sits within our Defence, Security and Infrastructure (DSI) group) who can support our Infrastructure-related research and analysis activities.

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. 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.

 

We are looking for a dedicated Research Assistant to support work in our Infrastructure team (which sits within our Defence, Security and Infrastructure (DSI) group) who can support our Infrastructure-related research and analysis activities. The role would focus on transport policy and technology, quantifying travel demand; and choice and valuation studies across a range of sectors. Recent examples of some of our work include: developing discrete choice models to quantify factors influencing consumers’ car type purchases, including for electric vehicles, based on stated choice experiments undertaken in surveys in six European countries, a study for measuring public’s perceived external benefits of redeveloping previously developed land in the U.K using discrete choice experiments. We have recently completed studies for Transport for London and the UK Department for Transport to develop transport demand models using choice modelling techniques. We have also completed studies which involve undertaking a literature review for the World Bank to explore evidence on the link between transport investment and poverty alleviation, undertaking literature reviews for the Department for Transport to look at drivers of future travel demand and induced travel.

 

This is an opportunity for a motivated individual at the start of their career with an interest in quantitative analysis and transport policy to build their experience with a world-class research organisation.

 

It is essential that you have the ongoing right to work in the UK as we cannot sponsor for this position.

 

As a Research Assistant in the DSI Team you will support transport research, including developing discrete choice models to understand and predict future travel demand and the use of stated preference techniques more generally. This role will also support corporate activity as required.

Key Responsibilities

In this role you will:

 

  • Support the development and implementation of discrete choice models and stated choice experiments to understand and quantify drivers of consumer demand in different policy domains including transport, health and social care, environmental science and labour economics etc.
  • Contribute to qualitative research to support transport policy, including evidence review, future scenario development, interviews, etc.
  • Analyse calls for tender to identify proposal requirements and supports the collation of administrative documents for proposals.
  • Draft sections of reports, proof read and check documents.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

You will also ideally have experience or be willing to develop skills in some of the following areas:

 

  • Strong quantitative skills, preferably with background knowledge in mathematics, statistics, economics, engineering, or systems analysis.
  • Stated preference methods, discrete choice or applied economic modelling.
  • Strong report writing skills.
  • Qualitative methodologies, such as literature reviews, scenario analysis, Delphi, interviews, etc.Ideally you will hold a post graduate degree or equivalent; preferably in a quantitative discipline.

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

If you feel that you have the qualities to be a part of our team, 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). Please ensure that your CV, covering letter and writing sample is submitted as one single document.