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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 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 has offices in Cambridge and Brussels, and employs approximately 140 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. 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 Science and Emerging Technology group at RAND Europe conducts a wide-ranging portfolio of policy research for a diverse client base in the UK, Europe and beyond. Our work covers:
- Research and innovation policy: Analysis of research and innovation systems including how they work and how they can be improved. This includes evaluations of portfolios of R&I, research strategy development, landscape reviews and assessment of research impact. See: https://www.rand.org/randeurope/research/science-technology-innovation/science-of-science.html
- Emerging technology policy: Analysis of the trends, applications and impacts of new and emerging technologies from AI and blockchain to quantum computing and virtual reality. This includes examining the societal and policy implications of technologies across sectors and a broad set of areas such as data governance; privacy, trust and ethics; public engagement; work and skills; and wider technology oversight. See: https://www.rand.org/randeurope/research/science-technology-innovation/digital.html
- Environment and sustainability policy: Analysis of food systems and strategy, futures analysis of sustainability and environmental issues, environment and health, energy and energy innovation. See: https://www.rand.org/randeurope/research/science-technology-innovation/environmental-sustainability-and-climate-change.html
We are looking for a talented individual to join our high-performing research group who can support our research and analysis activities with a flexible and collaborative approach and interest in one or more of the policy areas in which we work.
This is an opportunity for a motivated individual who is qualified to post graduate degree level with demonstrable experience in qualitative and/or quantitative analysis to join a world-class policy research organisation with a collaborative and supportive working culture.
As the European arm of the global RAND Corporation, RAND Europe is a not-for-profit research consultancy that conducts client-funded research for governments, international organisations, research councils, charitable foundations and other organisations. Our mission is to help improve public policy and decision making through evidence-based research and analysis.
The Defence & Security (DS) research group conducts a wide-ranging portfolio of research for a diverse client base in the UK, Europe and beyond. Our clients include UK government departments (e.g. MOD, FCDO, Dstl, Cabinet Office, Home Office), EU institutions (e.g. European Commission, European Parliament), and international defence and security organisations (e.g. national defence departments across Europe and Australia, as well as NATO and UN agencies), and various third sector and humanitarian organisations. Given our impartiality and close relationship with government, we do not work for the defence industry, though we often work with them on MOD studies.
Our team’s work covers a broad range of public policy issue issues, including:
- Defence Strategy, Policy and Capability (strategy design and assessment; policy and planning; capability analysis)
- Defence Industry and Acquisition (industry analysis; acquisition support; international cooperation & institutions)
- Defence Workforce and Skills (Front Line Commands; industry; charities; Armed Forces community including ex-Serving personnel)
- Security (national/international security; human security; resilience; energy; climate and sustainability; infrastructure and transport security)
- Technology, Disruption and Uncertainty (futures and foresight; cyber and information; emerging technology; future threats and uncertainty; defence innovation)
Researchers in the Defence & Security group originate from a diverse range of nationalities, disciplines and professional backgrounds including the military, ex-government employees, industry, consultancy and academia.
There are many opportunities for career progression within RAND, for diversification of research working alongside the other groups within the organisation (we pride ourselves on our multi-disciplinary approach) and for collaboration across the wider global RAND Corporation.