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Research Assistant: Defence, Security and Infrastructure

We are looking for a dedicated Research Assistant to join our Defence, Security and Infrastructure research group who can support our research and analysis activities with a flexible and collaborative approach.

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.

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

  • Defence (strategy; policy; capabilities; acquisition/ industrial; technology)
  • Security (terrorism, counter-violent extremism, border security, resilience and cyber)
  • Infrastructure (transport and choice modelling; infrastructure policy)

Researchers in the Defence, Security and Infrastructure group originate from diverse professional backgrounds including the Civil Service, military, consultancy and academia.  Their knowledge and experience spans: defence policy and planning; acquisition, procurement and defence industrial issues; complex programme evaluation; strategic-level exercises; risk and resilience; terrorism and violent extremism; cyber; transport policy and demand modelling; and choice and valuation studies across a range of sectors.

Key responsibilities

  • Supports project teams in research, through supporting:
    • literature reviews
    • co-conducting and transcribing interviews
    • minute taking
    • preparing presentations and research briefs
    • coordinating meetings and events
  • Analyses calls for tender to identify proposal requirements
  • Drafts sections of proposals (background sections, project management, quality assurance and sections describing research methods)
  • Supports the collation of administrative documents for proposals
  • Drafts sections of reports
  • Proof reads and checking documents
  • Makes corporate contributions through supporting RAND processes such as quality assurance and research ethics
  • Communicates with clients


    Skills and Experience

  • Some relevant experience in similar role
  • Basic knowledge of methodologies and their application
  • Basic report writing
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Intermediate Word
  • Intermediate Excel
  • Intermediate PowerPoint
  • A post graduate degree or equivalent qualification for this is required


Benefits package

  • 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 apply below with a CV, covering letter and a short writing sample (up to 3 pages, aimed at a non-technical audience). Please note that your CV, covering letter and writing sample will need to be submitted as one document.


The deadline for applications is 31st January 2020.