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Closing date: 
25 February 2019 10:00

The Institute for Government is currently inviting applications for a Researcher position (Job reference: RES1903). Researchers are responsible for supporting the delivery of Institute research and learning projects and are managed by Senior Researchers, Associate Directors or Programme Directors.

We are looking to take on a Researcher to work across the Research and Learning team.

Our offer to you

We will give you the opportunity to:

  • become a core member of the Research and Learning team in a highly-respected institution at the heart of Westminster with close connections to government and all political parties
  • take a fresh, evidence-based look at a range of issues, to understand the problems facing government, develop innovative solutions to these problems and influence senior decision makers to undertake improvements
  • work with other Institute staff and external partners to deliver the Institute’s research and learning programme, and to lead specific project modules as appropriate
  • work on projects combining traditional research with practitioner and expert workshops and stimulating public and private events. The Institute’s projects aim to generate insights while allowing senior leaders to explore the issues and generate their own solutions
  • produce high-quality written reports and discussion papers, presentations, seminars and other events.

What we are looking for

We are looking for confident and reliable graduates who have the ability to:

  • conduct qualitative and quantitative research and analysis to build and communicate an understanding of public management and policy problems and their causes
  • build strong working relationships both inside the Institute (including other research and learning staff, events and communications teams, and senior fellows) and externally (including MPs and senior civil servants, government departments and agencies, other organisations in the academic, public and commercial sectors and public policy commentators including journalists)
  • work with our Events team to organise public events, seminars and meetings, and present project findings and recommendations in these forums
  • deliver the results of projects, including high-quality written reports and presentations in a suitable format and style for specific targeted audiences, to challenging deadlines; and discussing project findings in the media including TV and radio
  • assist in the development and delivery of tailored workshops and toolkits to aid senior decision makers in government
  • work closely with other Institute staff to maximise the impact of our insights on how senior decision makers act.

Knowledge and/or experience of UK government are essential.

Experience of helping to secure funding for projects is desirable.

How to apply

There is a three-stage process: an  online application form, an invitation to a long list to submit a piece of written work and interviews.

Closing date

The closing date for the online application is Monday 25 February.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited in for an interview during w/c 11 March 2019.  

Please read the Researcher Application Pack before applying.