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 benefit the public interest through the impact and wide dissemination of over 100 projects per year.

Our staff represent 22 nationalities, speaks over 20 languages and covers 31 academic disciplines. Our multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches to research generate unique perspectives and insights for our wide-ranging government, foundation and other NGO clients.

RAND Europe’s research is rigorously peer-reviewed, draws on extensive subject and methodological expertise, and is conducted in a professional, delivery-oriented environment.

Current Opportunities

Senior Analyst/Research Leader

Specialising in Systematic Review and Evidence Synthesis

Reports to: Research Group Director, Innovation, Health and Science
Location of post: Cambridge, UK
Salary: £37,000 – £57,000
Job reference: 1213 (please state clearly on all communications)
Deadline for applications: 11 August 2015

Position Summary

A senior researcher to lead systematic review and documented evidence reviews, and engage with senior policymakers and academics to further RAND Europe’s mission. The Innovation, Health and Science team works across domains of health research, innovation and care.

We are looking to recruit a senior researcher with expertise in systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis methodologies such as rapid evidence assessments, literature reviews, meta-analysis, etc. Specific subject areas of expertise ideally would include healthcare organisation and quality of care, cross-national health system and policy analysis, and public health, but our priority is to recruit a researcher with the relevant methodological skills.

Our team works in partnership with Professor Martin Roland’s group at the University of Cambridge through the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research (CCHSR) and the successful applicant would have ample opportunity to work with CCHSR if that matched their subject expertise.

RAND Europe is part of the global RAND Corporation and the candidate would additionally benefit from engagement with the wider RAND network of researchers and contribute to RAND's wider knowledge base and long track record of objective and independent policy-relevant research and analysis.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead multiple strategic, research-based initiatives each year
  • Champion research quality standards
  • Engage with senior policymakers and academics to further RAND Europe's mission
  • Lead internal, cross team initiatives
  • Develop new perspectives and research areas at the boundaries of existing teams
  • Raise RAND Europe's profile through research activities including:
    • External speeches and conference presentations
    • External publications including journal articles and opinion pieces
  • Be responsible for junior team members' development
  • Help to increase team's visibility both within and outside RAND Europe
  • Manage and deliver complex projects to quality, cost, and time standards

Skills and Experience

Essential:

  • Strong methodological skills in evidence synthesis and systematic literature reviews, including qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Proven track record of successful research and analysis within academic, professional services or public sector domains, including acquiring and managing research funding
  • Experience applying skills to policy problems and driven to improve policy
  • Ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Ability to lead, motivate, and supervise, including improving research and writing contributions of others
  • Skilled in managing complex external relationships
  • Able to communicate and engage effectively with diverse audiences
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to multi-task, work flexibly, and process large amounts of information effectively
  • Fluency in English

Desired:

  • Track record in health systems or health services research at postgraduate degree level or equivalent experience
  • Good understanding of health and healthcare challenges and priorities in the UK and Europe
  • Relevant experience in health or social science discipline, including public health, health services research, health policy research, or health economics
  • Proficiency in additional languages would be an additional asset

Qualifications

Post graduate degree or equivalent

Economist

Reports to: Research Group Director, Innovation, Health and Science
Location of post: Cambridge, UK
Salary: £30,000 - £45,000
Job reference: 1216 (please state clearly on all communications)
Deadline for applications: 12 August 2015

Position Summary

You will be conducting rigorous economic analysis on behalf of our research funders and clients in one or more of our policy areas: innovation, technology, health and healthcare.

Key Responsibilities

We will look to you to: apply economic knowledge to real-world problems; deliver high quality economic advice to our clients on a variety of policy matters; prepare quantitative and qualitative evidence; communicate and present main findings in reports, briefings and academic papers; and be a key member of our team.

Other responsibilities include

  • Drafting and editing reports
  • Supporting and/or independently managing research projects
  • Contributing to proposal writing and other business development opportunities

Skills and Experience

Essential:

  • Good knowledge and experience in quantitative methods and econometrics (including good STATA, or equivalent, skills)
  • Ability to explain economic concepts and analyses clearly to non-economists
  • Ability to apply economic concepts and techniques to real world situations
  • Proven methodological and writing skills
  • Interest in policy research
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at once and to work to tight deadlines
  • Strong interest in innovation and/or health innovation policies
  • Fluency in English

Desired:

  • Demonstrable knowledge of and experience in industrial economics
  • Familiarity with ICT and information society policies (e.g. the ‘Internet of Things’ and big data) and/or with health and healthcare policy
  • Previous experience in a policy research environment
  • Familiarity with applying for European Commission tenders
  • Professional experience and other professional qualifications
  • Proficiency in additional languages

Qualifications

You will have a strong academic background in economics (micro- and/or macroeconomics) and be educated to at least MSc level or equivalent in years of work experience.

Senior Analyst/Research Leader

Specialising in ICT and/or Cyber-security Policy

Reports to: Research Group Director, Innovation, Health and Science
Location of post: Cambridge, UK
Salary: £37,000 - £57,000
Job reference: 1217 (please state clearly on all communications)
Deadline for applications: 12 August 2015

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. RAND Europe has a track record of high quality and influential research in the areas of emerging technologies, the digital agenda and cyber-security and the remit of the person appointed will be to take forward and build on this legacy.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead multiple strategic, research-based initiatives each year
  • Develop new business with relevant EU policy environments
  • Champion research quality standards
  • Engage with senior policymakers, business leaders and academics to further RAND Europe's mission
  • Lead internal, cross team initiatives
  • Develop new perspectives and research areas
  • Raise RAND Europe's profile through research activities including:
    • External speeches and conference presentations
    • External publications including journal articles and opinion pieces
  • Be responsible for junior team members' development where appropriate
  • Manage and deliver complex projects to quality, cost, and time standards

Other responsibilities include

  • Writing and editing reports and research papers
  • Supporting and/or independently managing research projects
  • Contributing and/or leading to proposal writing and other business development opportunities

Skills and Experience

Essential:

  • Interest and experience in emerging technologies, ICTs and/or cyber-security (including topics like the Internet of Things, Big Data, and data analytics), their governance and socio-economic impacts
  • Strong methodological skills in policy research and analysis, including qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Proven track record of successful research and analysis within professional services or public sector domains, including acquiring tenders and managing EU projects and framework contracts
  • Experience applying research skills to policy problems and driven to improve policy
  • Ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Ability to lead, motivate, and supervise, including improving research and writing contributions of others
  • Skilled in managing complex external relationships
  • Able to communicate and engage effectively with diverse audiences
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to multi-task, work flexibly, and process large amounts of information effectively
  • Fluency in English
  • Demonstrable interest in EU policy and familiarity with the European institutions

Desired:

  • Proficiency in additional languages would be an additional asset
  • Previous experience in a similar policy research organisation or public sector organisation or research consultancy

Qualifications

Post graduate degree or equivalent

Senior Analyst/Research Leader

Specialising in ICT and/or Cyber-security Policy

Reports to: Research Group Director, Innovation, Health and Science
Location of post: Brussels, Belgium
Salary: Competitive
Job reference: 1220 (please state clearly on all communications)
Deadline for applications: 12 August 2015

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. RAND Europe has a track record of high quality and influential research in the areas of emerging technologies, the digital agenda and cyber-security and the remit of the person appointed will be to take forward and build on this legacy.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead multiple strategic, research-based initiatives each year
  • Develop new business with relevant EU policy environments
  • Champion research quality standards
  • Engage with senior policymakers, business leaders and academics to further RAND Europe's mission
  • Lead internal, cross team initiatives
  • Develop new perspectives and research areas
  • Raise RAND Europe's profile through research activities including:
    • External speeches and conference presentations
    • External publications including journal articles and opinion pieces
  • Be responsible for junior team members' development where appropriate
  • Manage and deliver complex projects to quality, cost, and time standards

Other responsibilities include

  • Writing and editing reports and research papers
  • Supporting and/or independently managing research projects
  • Contributing and/or leading to proposal writing and other business development opportunities

Skills and Experience

Essential:

  • Interest and experience in emerging technologies, ICTs and/or cyber-security (including topics like the Internet of Things, Big Data, and data analytics), their governance and socio-economic impacts
  • Strong methodological skills in policy research and analysis, including qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Proven track record of successful research and analysis within professional services or public sector domains, including acquiring tenders and managing EU projects and framework contracts
  • Experience applying research skills to policy problems and driven to improve policy
  • Ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Ability to lead, motivate, and supervise, including improving research and writing contributions of others
  • Skilled in managing complex external relationships
  • Able to communicate and engage effectively with diverse audiences
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to multi-task, work flexibly, and process large amounts of information effectively
  • Fluency in English
  • Demonstrable interest in EU policy and familiarity with the European institutions

Desired:

  • Proficiency in additional languages would be an additional asset
  • Previous experience in a similar policy research organisation or public sector organisation or research consultancy

Qualifications

Post graduate degree or equivalent

Senior Analyst/Research Leader

Specialising in Defence, Security and Infrastructure

Reports to: Research Group Director, Innovation, Health and Science
Location of post: Cambridge, UK (with frequent travel to Bristol and client locations in Europe)
Salary: £37,000 – 57,000
Job reference: 1219 (please state clearly on all communications)
Deadline for applications: 14 September 2015

Position Summary

With acknowledged expertise in public procurement, science and technology policy and/or innovation, your primary role will be to address complex policy questions on behalf of our clients and support the Defence, Security and Infrastructure Research Group in submitting proposals and delivering multiple projects in a timely and accurate manner.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage, support and motivate an exceptionally talented team
  • Develop new business of between £100,000 - £300,000 per annum
  • Develop research projects which deliver timely and authoritative analysis to policymakers
  • Build and manage relationships with clients and collaborators
  • Lead and participate in multiple strategic, research-based initiatives to quality, cost and time standards
  • Champion research quality standards
  • Engage with senior policymakers and academics to further RAND Europe’s mission
  • Raise RAND Europe’s profile through research activities including:
    • External speeches and conference presentations
    • External publications including journal articles and opinion pieces
    • Media appearances
  • Be responsible for the professional development of junior colleagues

Other responsibilities include

  • Critical review of Defence Security and Infrastructure and other RAND Europe proposal and reports
  • Ensure RAND Europe Quality Assurance standards
  • Contribute expert knowledge and participate in Research Group meetings, networking and communications (e.g. drafting project summaries for the website, etc.)
  • Generally supporting the wider Defence, Security and Infrastructure Research Group

Skills and Experience

Essential:

  • Solid quantitative skills and a high degree of proficiency in standard research methods, including cost benefit analysis, business case analysis, literature reviews and interviewing
  • Successful project management in policy research and/or consulting
  • A strong track record in business development
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Confidence to present and interact with senior policy audiences, experts, and practitioners
  • The ability to collate, assimilate and disseminate large volumes of quantitative or qualitative research material quickly and to identify decisive themes
  • The ability to work independently on tasks at various levels while contributing effectively to a larger research effort
  • Eligibility to work in the UK and to obtain a UK security clearance
  • Expertise in public procurement and/or innovation policy
  • Experience in undertaking futures analysis – in transport, security, defence and other sectors
  • Work with government departments and agencies and/or the private sector.

Desired:

  • Proficiency in one or more European languages, other than English.

Qualifications

An advanced degree (Masters or PhD) and at least six years relevant professional experience.

Analyst/Associate Analyst

Reports to: Research Group Director, Innovation, Health and Science
Location of post: Cambridge, UK
Salary: £23,000 - £33,500
Job reference: 1222 (please state clearly on all communications)
Deadline for applications: 14 September 2015

Position Summary

Your primary role will be to develop discrete choice models, from revealed and stated preference behaviour, in transport and in other sectors, as well as support other quantitative research on behalf of our clients and support the team in submitting proposals and delivering multiple projects in a timely and accurate manner.

Key Responsibilities

  • Developing (discrete choice) quantitative models
  • Designing and analysing stated preference choice experiments
  • Supporting other research, quantitative research, literature reviews, etc.
  • Drafting and editing reports
  • Project management on research projects
  • Developing proposals, including drawing up budgets, preparing the administrative side of proposals, and writing the substance of proposal
  • Other activities: team meetings and networking communications (e.g. speaking at conferences, drafting project summaries for the website, etc.)

Skills and Experience

Essential:

  • Academic training and/or professional experience in choice modelling / infrastructure demand
  • Track record in designing and using revealed preference and/or stated preference data to estimate discrete choice models in transport as well as in other sectors
  • Proven methodological and writing skills
  • Interest and experience in policy research
  • Fluency in English
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at once and to work to tight deadlines
  • Experience in other quantitative methods, and in other research methods such as undertaking literature reviews would also be a benefit.

Qualifications

You will have an outstanding academic record, including a post-graduate degree at least at Master’s level.

Remuneration and Details

Remuneration Package

Full-time members of the team 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.

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