RAND Europe

Research Assistant: Quantitative Transport Analyst

1 month ago(13/12/2017 11:40 AM)
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Position Summary

Title: Research Assistant: Quantitative Transport Analyst


Research Group: Defence, Security and Infrastructure Research Group


Location: Cambridge



RAND Europe is not-for-profit organisation that conducts independent research. 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.


RAND Europe's in-house teams offer multidisciplinary research skills, both qualitative and quantitative. 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 for our Defence, Security and Infrastructure research 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: 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, and 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.


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


As a Research Assistant in the DSI Team you will support transport policy 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

You will be expected to:

  • Develop and implement discrete choice models and stated choice experiments to understand and quantify drivers of consumer demand
  • Conduct qualitative research to support transport policy, including evidence review, future scenario development, interviews, etc
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Conduct, support and transcribe interviews
  • Undertake analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Prepare presentations and research briefs
  • Coordinate meetings and events, including taking minutes
  • Analyse calls for tender to identify proposal requirements, with supervision
  • Support the collation of administrative documents for proposals
  • Draft sections of reports under
  • Proof read and check documents
  • Communicates with clients.

Finally we expect you to hold a Post graduate degree or equivalent; ideally in a quantitative discipline.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

You will also have experience or skills in the following areas:


  • Strong quantitative skills, ideally with background knowledge in mathematics, statistics, economics, engineering, or systems analysis
  • A range of qualitative methodologies, including literature review, scenario analysis, Delphi, interviews, etc.
  • Stated preference methods, discrete choice or applied economic modelling
  • Strong report writing skills.

Finally we expect you to hold a Post graduate degree or equivalent; ideally in a quantitative discipline.


As a member of the team you will enjoy:
- 8% Employer contribution Pension
- Bupa Medical insurance
- Generous Holiday allowance
- 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
- Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
- Flexible working arrangement
- Childcare vouchers.
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) as one document.
The deadline for applications is 12th January 2017 and we expect the 1st stage interviews to be held at the end of January 2017.


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