Title: Home Affairs and Social Policy: Research Leader (Education)
RAND Europe is a not-for-profit policy research organisation. Our mission is to help improve policy- and decision-making through evidence, research and analysis. We realise our mission by undertaking objective, balanced and relevant research, sharing our insights and information widely, and working in partnership with a range of clients and collaborators. RAND Europe has offices in Brussels and Cambridge, and employs approximately 80 researchers: just over half of our research staff have doctorates with the balance holding other post-graduate degrees. 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 Home Affairs and Social Policy Programme undertakes research and analysis in a range of policy areas, including crime and justice, employment, well-being at work, migration, education and public sector improvement and reform. Our clients include European Union institutions and agencies, national governments, charitable foundations, private sector entities and others.
We wish to recruit an exceptional and experienced candidate to join the Home Affairs team to lead and grow our thriving portfolio of research in education, spanning the early years to higher education and skills development in the UK and internationally.
The role involves developing a vision for the portfolio’s further development and building relationships with policy makers, academics, partners and clients in the field of education to further RAND Europe’s mission. Undertaking high-quality, methodologically rigorous, objective research and analysis and translating findings of research into policy recommendations are central to the role.
In particular we are looking for individuals with experience of undertaking research in one or more of the following areas: early childhood interventions; the effectiveness of teaching; transitions from education to the labour market; reform of education systems; access to education; and/or higher education research. An important art of the research portfolio includes randomised controlled trials, thus experience or knowledge of this type of design would be an advantage.
More information about the current education research portfolio at RAND Europe can be found here: https://www.rand.org/randeurope/research/education.html
Outside of the education research portfolio you will be joining a research team with a thriving research portfolio covering a range of Home Affairs topics, with the possibility of contributing to other research and activities. Flexibility across policy areas and the ability to apply knowledge to new topics is welcome.
Key responsibilities include:
Essential: Leadership in research contexts:
How to apply
Please submit an application via RAND Europe’s online careers portal comprising a CV, covering letter and a short writing sample in English (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 3 September 2018.