RAND Europe

Analyst: Innovation, Health and Science

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Position Summary

Title:            Analyst: Innovation, Health and Science


Location:      Cambridge (UK)


Reports to:    Research Group Director


Salary:         £27,200 - £34,000



B: RAND Europe is a not-for-profit policy research organisation. Our mission is to help improve policy- and decision-making through evidence-based research and analysis. We realise our mission by undertaking objective, balanced and relevant research, sharing the insights and information widely, and working in partnership with a range of clients and collaborators.

We wish to recruit an exceptional candidate at Analyst level with a track record in data science at Masters or PhD level. Ideally you would also have experience in policy relevant research using quantitative or qualitative methods, and a good understanding of innovation, science or health policy challenges and priorities in the UK and Europe.


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.


Data Analyst position


So many of the policy challenges in the fields of innovation, health or science require detailed analysis of data. We need someone that can conduct data analytics and build quantitative models that articulate a robust evidence case for why one or other policies should be considered by decision-makers. It is likely that you will have extensive experience in coding and analytics. Being able to show how your analytical skills have informed decisions would be advantageous, ideally in a policy research context; however, the policy experience can be gained on the job if you can show how your excellent analysis has previously supported decision-makers. Ultimately, we are looking for someone that can conduct analysis on complex, large, sometimes incomplete and often unstructured datasets, but is also prepared to get involved in and conduct more qualitative research. Although not strictly required, it is likely that the successful candidate will have at least two years’ experience post-university.


We are looking for someone with the willingness and ability to learn new skills quickly as appropriate, as well as skills and experience in at least two of the following areas:


Data discovery and collection

  • Selecting the most appropriate data sources from among a multitude of potential data sources
  • Web scraping, text mining, using APIs, database creation and management (including quality control of data)

Data analysis

  • Cleaning and processing large datasets using a variety of tools such as R, SPSS and/or Stata
  • Comfortable in coding in an appropriate language to process such datasets for example Python, Perl and/or SQL
  • Interpreting and reporting on the analysis

Data visualisation

  • Visualising the results of such analysis using charts, network diagrams, geographic mapping or other innovative means
  • Using interactive data visualisation software such as Tableau, Qlikview, Highcharts FusionCharts, etc.

A number of our projects increasingly involve the creation of a website to disseminate the research results, experience or skills in relation to web design and development would be an advantage.

Examples of our recent research that has utilised these skills can be found here:


The Analyst will join a multidisciplinary team of researchers in the Innovation, Health & Science group within RAND Europe. IHS team members have backgrounds in public health, health services research, health economics, science, innovation and technology policy, psychology, systems design and neuroscience. 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.


Position summary:


Addresses complex policy questions by conducting research and analysis on behalf of clients and supports the research group in submitting proposals and delivering multiple projects.


Key Responsibilities

  • Manages small projects, with some supervision, including monitoring budget, timetable and deliverables
  • Drafts sections of reports with minimal supervision
  • Maintains day-to-day contact with clients
  • Contributes to impact by identifying opportunities for communication of research findings
  • Manages small proposals
  • Analyses calls for tender to identify proposal requirements
  • Drafts sections of proposals
  • Supports business development activities
  • Supports strategic corporate initiatives
  • Ad hoc duties as required

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

Skills and Experience:


  • Some relevant experience in similar role. Although not strictly required, it is likely that the successful candidate will have at least two years’ experience post-university.
  • Knowledge of methodologies and their application
  • Research design
  •  Report writing
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Intermediate Word
  • Intermediate Excel
  • Intermediate PowerPoint


  • Post graduate degree or equivalent


  • Research and data science methods, in at least two of:
    • Data discovery and collection – selecting appropriate data and tools, quality control
    • Data analysis – cleaning, processing, selecting and using tools, coding, interpreting and reporting
    • Data Visualisation – visualising the results of analysis, interactive data visualisation


As a member of the team you will enjoy:
-  8% Employer contribution pension
- Bupa medical insurance
- Childcare vouchers
- Enhanced holiday allowance
- Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
- Flexible working arrangement
- Permanent health insurance
- Group life assurance
- A friendly multinational work environment
- Employee wellbeing initiatives – such as cycle to work schemes, fresh fruit and company bikes.
How to apply
Please submit your application via the 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) as one document.
The deadline for applications is Thursday 30 November 2017.


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