Centre for London is the capital’s dedicated think tank. Our mission is to develop new solutions to London’s critical challenges and advocate for a fair and prosperous global city.
Are you a creative and thoughtful researcher, with a passion for cities, and skilled at developing and communicating ideas which can make a difference?
Key roles and responsibilities
We’re looking for a Researcher to join our team. You will conduct research and help to develop new ideas and provide admin support such as setting up advisory group meetings. Conducting research can include data analysis and literature reviews, interviews with practitioners and stakeholders, and writing up reports for publication. You will also communicate about our work through writing articles and blogs, at meetings and events, and support other teams as necessary.
We’re looking for someone with some experience doing research from academic, paid or volunteer work, and you’ll also have done some work in an office or another professional environment. We’re particularly keen to hear from people with experience of statistical research.
You will have some understanding of UK policy, will have both analytical and project management skills, and will be able to communicate complex ideas to different audiences – in meetings, in writing, through blogs and articles, and in speeches. You’ll need to help raise funds for our projects and make sure they are running to budget, so some experience with one or both of these would be an advantage. However, we are less interested in what you have done, and more in what you can do.
Experience and skills
- Some experience working in research or policy
- Experience (academic or professional) of using analytical skills
- Experience (academic or professional) writing compelling reports/ papers/ publications
- Some experience of bringing together quantitative and/or qualitative research to tell a
strong story and make and practical recommendations for change
- Understanding of London or urban policy or specific experience in one of Centre for
- London’s research themes an advantage (you can find these on our website)
- Fundraising and budget management experience an advantage
- Experience of working with statistics an advantage
Any other useful information
- Follow the link on our vacancy page to complete the application information.
- Email your two pdfs files to [email protected] with the subject line “Research Manager”
- File 1: Your CV and cover letter showing how your experience and achievements to date would make you a suitable candidate for this role (max three pages combined total) saved as a PDF with your initials as the file title and included as a header within the file too. Please remove any reference to your name, including your email address.
- File 2: Responses to the assessment questions (below) saved as a PDF with your initials as the file title and included as a header within the file too. Please remove any reference to your name.
The following assessment questions will be assessed anonymously:
- Aside from the pandemic, what do you think is the biggest challenge facing London today, and why? (200 words max)
- What do you think makes a successful think tank report? (200 words max)
Please note, applications will only be submitted when the form has been completed and your PDF has been received via email.
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