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  • Research Assistant: Quantitative Transport analysis

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(3 weeks ago)
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  • Position Summary

    Title:                           Research Assistant


    Focus:                       Quantitative Transport analysis


    Location:                   Cambridge


    Salary:                       £22,250


    It is essential that you have the ongoing right to work in the UK as we cannot sponsor for this position.


    RAND Europe is a not-for-profit organisation that conducts independent research. Our mission is to help improve policy and decision-making through evidence-based research and analysis. 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 Infrastructure team which is part of the Defence and Security research group (DSI). They will 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 at the start of their career with an interest in quantitative analysis and transport policy to build their experience with a world-class research organisation. As a Research Assistant 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:

    • Support the development and implementation of discrete choice models and stated choice experiments to understand and quantify drivers of consumer demand.
    • Contribute to qualitative research to support transport policy, including evidence review, future scenario development, interviews, etc.
    • Analyse calls for tender to identify proposal requirements and supports the collation of administrative documents for proposals.
    • Draft sections of reports, proof read and check documents.

    Skills, Qualifications and Experience

    You will also ideally have experience or be willing to develop skills in some of the following areas:

    • Strong quantitative skills, preferably with background knowledge in mathematics, statistics, economics, engineering, or systems analysis.
    • Stated preference methods, discrete choice or applied economic modelling.
    • Strong report writing skills.
    • Qualitative methodologies, such as literature reviews, scenario analysis, Delphi, interviews, etc.
    • 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
    - Permanent health insurance
    - Group life assurance
    - Enhanced holiday allowance
    - Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
    - Fresh fruit every day
    - Cycle to work scheme
    - Company bikes

    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 single document.


    The deadline for applications is Monday October 8 2018.


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