The Policy Institute at King’s College London works to solve society’s challenges with evidence and expertise. We combine the rigour of academia with the agility of a consultancy and the connectedness of a think tank.
In this role, you will be expected to work in a fast-paced and dynamic research environment on high-profile and influential policy research and analysis projects. This includes both academic, consultancy and exploratory projects as well as more media-focused polling.
The successful applicant will help to oversee the Policy Institute’s quantitative research capacity, including leading on projects or workstreams with analytical components, ensuring methodological rigor in the analytical approaches we use, and actively looking for opportunities to innovate in the methods we employ. The successful applicant will have significant experience of analysing survey data, though experience of working with other datatypes would be advantageous.
You will support existing projects, with a particular focus on a major study we are leading – the World Values Survey in the UK (WVS), funded by the ESRC, Cabinet Office, Barrow Cadbury Trust, the British Academy and others. The successful applicant would also be expected to support our ongoing work on topics such as polarisation, culture wars, freedom of expression, trust, democratic innovations, generational change and changing values/attitudes. Knowledge and understanding of theoretical frameworks and research trends in these areas, as well as the broader challenges of working with values and public attitudes data, would therefore be a helpful foundation for this role.
The Research Fellow would be expected to work effectively on mixed methods studies and to be able to work independently with comparative and longitudinal survey data to produce the following types of outputs:
Specific responsibilities include:
General responsibilities include:
Communication and networking
Decision Making, Planning and Problem Solving
Teamwork and project partnership
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
1. PhD in a relevant subject, or equivalent experience
2. Advanced theoretical and applied understanding of statistical techniques, covering the techniques specified in the job description
3. Extensive experience of working with survey data
4. Track-record of research related to the Policy Institute’s Trust, Facts, Democracy research theme
5. Ability to communicate effectively with both policymakers and academic communities, both in person and in writing
6. Supportive and empathetic team member, who can work collaboratively in developing a programme of research, impact and engagement
7. Experience of providing research leadership
|Type of Opportunity||Scholarships and Fellowships|
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