Employment

RAND Europe is an independent not-for-profit research organisation whose mission is to help improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. We undertake contract research in a range of policy areas including health, science and technology, crime and justice, defence and security, transport, employment, education and social policy. Our work spans projects in developed and developing countries and we have an extensive portfolio of work for different EC Directorates, national governments, multi-lateral organisations, charitable foundations and others.

RAND Europe's own knowledge and experience is frequently augmented by co-operation with U.S.-based RAND staff, as well as with individuals and organisations throughout Europe. The value of this approach is shown in its results — RAND Europe research has contributed to important policy decisions in many sectors of national, supra-national and regional government, as well as the private sector. The wide range of topics and central position in the policy-making environment make RAND Europe an employer with excellent career opportunities for the person who is interested in addressing in a practical way the intellectual challenges of today's world.

Current Opportunities

Associate Analyst / Analyst

Salary: £22,000 - £32,500 depending on experience

Reports to Director of Innovation and Technology Policy
Job reference: 1189 (please state clearly on all communications)
Close date: 29 August 2014
1st interviews: 10 & 11 September 2014
2nd Interviews will take place on 26 September 2014
Location of post: Cambridge

Position Summary

Your primary role will be to address complex policy questions by conducting research and analysis on behalf of our clients and support the team in submitting proposals and delivering multiple projects in a timely and accurate manner.

Key Responsibilities

  • Doing research – interviews, literature reviews etc.
  • Drafting and editing reports
  • Project management on research projects
  • Proposal writing - drawing up budgets, preparing administrative side of proposals, and working on the substance of proposal
  • Everything else: team meetings, team specific products, networking communications (e.g. speaking at conferences, drafting project summaries for the website, etc.)

Skills and Experience

Essential

  • Proven methodological & writing skills
  • Interest in policy research
  • Fluency in English is essential
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at once
  • Work to tight deadlines
  • Strong interest and some familiarity with innovation, ICT and information society policies.

Desired

  • Proficiency in additional languages is an important asset.
  • Previous experience in a similar organisation
  • Familiarity with the applying for European Commission tenders

Qualifications

Educated to at least MSc level

Analyst / Senior Analyst – Data Scientist

Salary: £35,000 - £45,000

Reports to Director of Innovation and Technology Policy
Job reference: 1190 (please state clearly on all communications)
Close date: 02 September 2014
Location of post: Cambridge

Position Summary

Your primary role will be to address complex policy questions by conducting research and analysis on behalf of our clients and support the team in submitting proposals and delivering multiple projects in a timely and accurate manner.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conducting policy research – collecting and building datasets, data analysis, and data presentation. You are also likely to be involved in interviews, literature reviews, surveys and other qualitative research methods
  • Drafting and preparing reports
  • Project management on research projects
  • Proposal writing - developing responses to invitations to tender and other business opportunities, including writing methodologies, background material and drafting budgets
  • Everything else: team meetings, team specific products, networking communications (e.g. speaking at conferences, drafting project summaries for the website, etc.)

Skills and Experience

Essential

  • Experience of processing large datasets using a variety of tools such as R, SPSS and/or Stata
  • Comfortable coding in an appropriate language to process such datasets for example Python, Perl and/or SQL
  • Experience of visualising the results of such analysis using charts, network diagrams, geographic mapping or other innovative means
  • Proven methodological & writing skills
  • Fluency in English
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at once
  • Work to tight deadlines

Desired

  • PhD or Masters level qualification in Statistics, Computer Science or Mathematics
  • Familiarity with data mining and or bibliometrics
  • Proficiency in additional languages
  • Previous experience in a similar organisation
  • Familiarity with the applying for European Commission tenders
  • Interest in policy research

Qualifications

Educated to Masters or PhD level

Remuneration and Details

Remuneration Package

As a member of the team you will enjoy a competitive salary and additionally benefit from the following:

  • 8% employer contribution pension
  • Bupa medical insurance
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Flexible working arrangement
  • Permanent health insurance
  • Group life assurance
  • A friendly multinational work environment
  • Employee wellbeing initiatives - such as cycle to work schemes, fresh fruit and company bikes

Locations

Our Cambridge office is Westbrook Centre Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 1YG, England

Our Brussels office is Rue de la Loi 82, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

Please note: All applicants will be asked for proof that they are eligible to work in the UK.

How to Apply

If you feel, based on the job descriptions above, that you have the qualities to be a part of our team please send the following by email only to Recruitment@rand.org:

  • CV and covering letter
  • A short writing sample (up to three pages, aimed at a non-technical audience)
  • Details of where you saw the vacancy

Please state clearly the job reference number on all communications.

To view all job openings at RAND, visit the corporate employment page.