Title: Research Leader: Innovation, Health and Science
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 conduct research to the standards of a university and deliver that work in the highly responsive manner expected from a consultancy. 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 a Research Leader with an excellent track record in one or more of the following policy areas: innovation policy, science policy or research evaluation. We are seeking a talented individual that has strong quantitative and or qualitative methodological skills covering two or more of the following areas: literature review (i.e. rapid evidence assessment or systematic review), stakeholder engagement (i.e. structured or semi-structured interviews, focus groups, workshops, gaming), design of monitoring and evaluation frameworks, intervention logics, indicator design and data collection (qualitative and quantitative), and impact assessment (cost-benefit analysis, multi-criteria analysis). The successful individual will have experience of science policy, innovation policy and/or research evaluation for the UK government and/or the European Commission and member state institutions, and the ability to network extensively and develop business across areas both within and beyond your immediate areas of expertise. Applications are welcomed from those with a background in the public sector, academia or consultancy.
About RAND Europe
RAND Europe is a community interest company, and was established in 1992 as an independently chartered European unit of the U.S. policy research institution, the RAND Corporation. 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 (i.e. MA, M.Sc., LLM, etc.). 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. In addition to its 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.
About the post
We are looking for an inspirational Research Leader to support the Research Group Director of the Innovation, Health & Science (IHS) research group. The particular focus of this role is to lead business development and project delivery for the IHS group’s innovation/science/research policy client base. This will include developing your own portfolio of research with UK government departments and public bodies, the European Commission, other European institutions and Member States as well as supporting the wider IHS team in growing their portfolio of policy research work. The role will necessarily involve extensive networking with current and potential future clients and partners to successfully position IHS for future contracts. You will be accountable for working with senior colleagues in supporting and motivating the IHS research group on a day-to-day basis, leading groups of talented researchers in winning and delivering research/consultancy tasks across a range of innovation and science related topics. The Research Leader will be responsible for generating an annual fee income of £250K - £300K, leading bid and proposal/business development initiatives to support wider group objectives. This role is based in Cambridge, although there will be some requirement to travel and spend brief periods visiting clients in Europe, in particular RAND Europe’s Brussels office.
The Research Leader will join a multidisciplinary team of researchers in the IHS 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.
Successful candidates will have:
--A background in science policy, innovation policy and/or research evaluation with a demonstrable and strong track record of applying their research skills to policy problems. Relevant disciplines include public policy, politics, economics, sociology or related social science disciplines and/or a background in the natural sciences with related policy experience.
--A demonstrable track record of winning funding for research/consultancy, ideally through a combination of contract research projects and grant funding.
--Excellent evidence of working as part of a team, motivating others and developing colleagues for career progression.
--An established network of contacts and partners with which RAND Europe will be able to develop collaborations and form teams to deliver first class research proposals and projects.
In addition you will have excellent analytical, writing and presentation skills (evidenced by examples) and the proven ability to communicate effectively with clients and to varied audiences. You will have strong project management experience, including experience of budget management.
You will work in a strong team-based environment to conduct policy analysis in UK, European and global settings. Funders of the IHS team’s research include the UK government, the European Commission, the Health Foundation, the World Health Organisation and other funders including charities and industry.
This is an exciting opportunity working with the one of the world’s most respected public policy consultancies. It is ideally suited to a flexible and ambitious individual who is used to engaging with senior levels of government and wishes to make a real impact on policy working alongside a very talented team in a collegiate and meritocratic environment.
In your application you must state your eligibility to work in the EU.
Group and other responsibilities
A credible academic track record to Masters or PhD Level in a related subject area, possibly supported by an MBA. Alternatively, demonstrable equivalent experience in a consultancy or central government. A background in either the public or private sector will be considered.
Knowledge and personal qualities
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). Please note, your CV, covering letter and writing sample must be submitted as a single document.
The deadline for applications is Monday 5 November 2018