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

Associate Analyst/Analyst – Infrastructure Demand/Choice Modelling

Reports to: Research Group Director
Location of post: Cambridge
Salary: £22,950- £33,500 (depending on qualifications and experience)
Job reference: 1206 (please state clearly on all communications)
Deadline for applications: 17th April 2015

General Requirements

You will have an outstanding academic record (including a post-graduate degree at least at Master’s level), with proven analytical skills. You must be a team-worker: your primary role will be to work as part of a group undertaking research and analysis on behalf of our clients. You must be a self-starter: you must possess the ability to work independently on tasks at various levels while contributing effectively to a larger research effort. You should be able to collate, assimilate and disseminate large volumes of quantitative or qualitative research quickly and to identify decisive themes. Excellent communication skills and fluency in English are essential; proficiency in additional languages is desirable. All posts will be based in our Cambridge office (unless as indicated below) and are likely to involve national and international travel.

Specific Requirements

In addition to the General Requirements above, you should have acquired academic training and professional experience in choice modelling/infrastructure demand. You should have a 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. You will be familiar with the latest design and analysis methods and will ideally have published your work in recognised outlets. Although predominantly a quantitative analyst, you should feel at ease working with colleagues who specialise in qualitative analysis and you should be able to demonstrate the capacity to generate policy-relevant analysis. Expertise in other quantitative methods, and in other research methods such as literature reviews would be a benefit.

Research Communications Officer

Reports to: Head of Communications
Location of post: Cambridge
Salary: £30,000 - £35,000
Job reference: 1211 (please state clearly on all communications)
Deadline for applications: 19th April 2015
First interviews: Second week in May

Position Summary

Be a story teller for RAND Europe research and coordinate communication campaigns for impact.

Key Responsibilities

  • Working with researchers, write narratives about RAND Europe research findings, target audiences and coordinate launches, using appropriate communications tools to achieve greatest impact
  • Leverage existing research for broader application
  • Support corporate communication material and events
  • Attract interest in RAND Europe research among press and media.

Skills and Experience

Essential:

  • Strong writing skills underpinned by analytical thinking
  • Team player
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good organisational skills with ability to prioritise workload
  • Adept at using Microsoft Office and social media
  • Able to cover a range of research topics.

Desired:

  • Keen interest in public policy
  • Knowledge of working with the press
  • Strong grasp of English grammar and copyediting experience
  • Ability to work in an open plan office.

Qualifications

Degree-level education with some professional experience to demonstrate writing abilities.

Associate Analyst / Analyst

Reports to: Research Group Director, Home Affairs and Social Policy Team
Location of post: Cambridge
Salary: £22,500 - £33,500
Job reference: 1210 (please state clearly on all communications)
Deadline for applications: 30th April 2015

Position Summary

You will be conducting rigorous analysis on projects for clients in one or more of our policy areas, working for our Home Affairs and Social Policy team. The team’s work covers a wide range of fields including education, employment, justice, central and local government, as well as public management change of all kinds. 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.

The post is based in our Cambridge office but may involve travel to Brussels and other locations nationally and internationally. The post requires permission to work in United Kingdom.

Key Responsibilities

We will look to you to: be a key member of our well-established team; apply your knowledge to real-world problems; deliver high quality analysis for our clients on a variety of public policy matters; prepare quantitative and qualitative evidence; communicate and present main findings in reports, briefings and academic papers; and work on the development of proposals for new work.

Skills and Experience

Essential:

  • highly analytical
  • intellectually curious
  • ability to explain complex issues clearly to non-specialists
  • ability to apply analytical techniques to real world situations
  • enjoy working in teams
  • strong communications and writing skills
  • ability to work to tight deadlines, on multiple projects simultaneously, and to produce deliverables to high quality standards
  • fluency in English

Desired:

  • Good knowledge in quantitative methods is highly desirable (including good Excel skills).
  • Professional experience and other professional qualifications are desirable.
  • Proficiency in additional languages is desirable.

Qualifications

You will have a strong academic background in an analytical discipline, educated to MSc level (although we accept applications from exceptional candidates educated to BSc level from top universities).

Analyst (Associate Economist)

Reports to: Research Group Director, Home Affairs and Social Policy Team
Location of post: Cambridge
Salary: Competitive
Job reference: 1209 (please state clearly on all communications)
Deadline for applications: 1st May 2015

Position Summary

You will be conducting rigour economic analysis on behalf of our clients in one or more of our policy areas: employment and labour markets, health and wellbeing, education and culture, industrial organisation, international trade, innovation, economic growth and enterprise, local economic development, crime and justice and international development.

The post is based in our Cambridge office but may involve travel to Brussels and other locations nationally and internationally. The post requires permission to work in United Kingdom.

Key Responsibilities

We will look to you to: be a key member of our team; apply economic knowledge to real-world problems; deliver 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.

Skills and Experience

Essential:

  • highly analytical
  • intellectually curious
  • ability to explain complex issues clearly to non-specialists
  • ability to apply economic concepts and techniques to real world situations
  • team working
  • strong communications and writing skills
  • ability to work to tight deadlines
  • ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • ability to produce deliverables to high quality standards
  • fluency in English

Desired:

  • good knowledge in quantitative methods and econometrics is highly desirable (including good Excel and STATA skills)
  • skills in Computational General Equilibrium (CGE) modelling
  • professional experience and other professional qualifications are desirable
  • proficiency in additional languages is desirable

Qualifications

You will have a strong academic background in economics (micro- and/or macroeconomics), educated to MSc level (although we accept applications from exceptional candidates educated to BSc level from top universities).

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.

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