RAND Europe

Research Assistant: Home Affairs and Social Policy

2 weeks ago
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Position Summary

Title:            Research Assistant: Home Affairs and Social Policy


Reports to:    Research Group Director


Location:      Cambridge (UK)


Salary:         Competitive


We wish to recruit an exceptional candidate at Research Assistant level. 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.

The Home Affairs and Social Policy Research Group undertakes contract research and analysis in a range of public policy areas, including crime and justice, employment, well-being at work, migration, education and other socio-economic topics. Our work spans projects in developed and developing countries and we have an extensive portfolio of work for different the EU, national governments, charitable foundations and others.


In this role, you will Address complex policy questions by supporting research and analysis on behalf of our clients, support corporate activity as required and support the research group in submitting proposals and delivering multiple projects in a timely and accurate manner.

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 with supervision
  • Ad hoc duties as required. 

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

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.


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 an application via RAND Europe’s online careers portal comprising a CV, covering letter and a short writing sample (up to 3 pages, aimed at a non-technical audience), which will all need to be submitted as one document.
The deadline for applications is Monday 4 December 2017.


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