Evaluation and Senior Research Leader - Health and Well Being

RAND Europe is an independent, not-for-profit research organisation whose mission is to help improve policy and decision-making through rigorous and independent research and analysis. We benefit the public interest through the impact and wide dissemination of over 100 projects per year. Our work at its most impactful changes policy, practice and process to the benefit of the public good. That is also our organisational mission.

Our staff represents 22 nationalities, speaks over 20 languages and covers 31 academic disciplines. Our multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches to research generate unique perspectives and insights for our wide-ranging government, foundation and other NGO clients. RAND Europe’s research is rigorously peer-reviewed, draws on extensive subject and methodological expertise, and is conducted in a professional, delivery-oriented environment.

 

We are looking to appoint a Senior Researcher who can contribute to our Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace portfolio. This portfolio looks beyond occupational health to the relationships between employee health and wellbeing and productivity as measured by staff retention, long-term health outcomes, and absenteeism and presenteeism.

 

Of particular interest is whether workplace interventions and programmes are effective in improving health and wellbeing and wider outcomes. We also look at ‘new’ ways of working as the pandemic has accelerated a number of trends in the workplace. We take an evidence-based approach. Though we have used a wide range of approaches examine this topic, we are known for a data-driven approach to understand relationships and how interventions impact on outcomes. 

 

We are seeking to maintain and grow this area of research and looking for a person with recognised expertise in this area, strong research skills and networks that would support further research. RAND Europe’s work in this space spans a wide range of clients and approaches. We have worked for European and international clients as well as most relevant funders in the UK.

 

A key initiative over time has been our work on Britain’s Healthiest Workplace with VitalityHealth. Some of our work can be found at RAND Europe Research on Wellbeing at Work | RAND. We have strong networks in this area including a wide range of academic partnerships, connections to individual experts and interactions with wider stakeholders such as representative bodies, businesses, and advocacy organisations.

 

A key recent collaboration has been with the ‘what works centre’ with the University of East Anglia, which culminated in the ‘Evolve Workplace Wellbeing’ Toolkit, https://evolveworkplacewellbeing.org/. We are active in communicating our work and attend major conferences such as the annual Health and Wellbeing at Work conference.

 

We work flexibly at RAND Europe. Though the role is based in Cambridge, we currently take an activities-based approach to working from the office. Most of our colleagues work in a hybrid manner.  The role sits in our Health and Wellbeing research group.

Key Responsibilities

  • You will play a key role in the organisation leading bids, delivering research projects in the area of health and wellbeing at work and providing thought leadership and mentoring others.
  • Our work is team based and mutually supportive and you will be able to quickly forge lasting relationships with colleagues, collaborators and clients.
  • We are responsive and flexible and you will be able to adapt at those times when pressure requires high quality work to be delivered in short time scales.
  • You will set high standards of ethicality and purpose and be supportive and caring for those you work with.
  • You will be a senior researcher and work to the Director of the Health and Wellbeing research group.
  • You will be expected to publish in peer reviewed journals and build your profile beyond our organisation.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • The successful candidate will have a PhD or be able to demonstrate an ability to work at that level.
  • You will have wide experience in winning, managing and delivering successful and impactful research projects for a range of clients.
  • You will demonstrate strong team working and an ability to work efficiently to time and to budget.
  • You will understand how the research market is evolving and how our organisation can successfully contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of employees in Europe

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

Please submit an application via RAND Europe’s online careers portal comprising (i) your CV, (ii) covering letter and (iii) short (max 3 pages) writing sample in English, which will all need to be submitted as one document.

The deadline for applications is 7th July 2022.

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