Research Fellow – Data and Analysis


16 Jun 2023
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Research Field
Researcher Profile
Recognised Researcher (R2)
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Established Researcher (R3)
United Kingdom
Application Deadline
6 Jul 2023 – 00:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract
Job Status
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Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description

Job description

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.  

The successful applicant will work on high-profile and influential policy research and analysis projects. The Research Fellow will support the Policy Institute’s work, 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 and the British Academy. The overall study includes the collection of new survey data in Britain as well as a programme of analysis, policy and media engagement focused on values polarisation in Britain.  

The study has been running since February 2020, and significant analysis has been conducted, and runs until the academic conference in April 2024. We are looking to recruit a quantitative researcher and analyst who is knowledgeable in values and attitudes measurement and theories/concepts on polarisation to collaborate closely with the PI (Prof. Bobby Duffy) and Co-I (Dr. Kirstie Hewlett) and working with a quantitative Research Assistant on analysing and interpreting the data, and to contribute to outputs, including policy reports and academic journal articles. 

The Research Fellow will be required to independently produce descriptive analyses using time series data (both World Values Survey and European Values Study), test different conceptualisations of polarisation through statistical models and segmentations based on the underlying values and moral profiles of individuals in Britain. We would expect the postholder to be able to deliver: within and cross-country comparisons; descriptive analyses of time series trends, combining several modes; regression and other multivariate techniques; synthetic cohort analysis and APC modelling; and segmentations using latent class analysis and other techniques. 

The Research Fellow will be required to contribute to the production of journal articles and policy reports, to present findings at conferences, and to prepare analyses for Policy Labs and our affiliated funders. This will require an understanding of the underlying theories and concepts in this area.  

You will work closely with members of the project team at King’s College London, UCL and the Behavioural Insights Team as well as interacting with the Advisory Board and funders. 

While there will be an initial focus on WVS analysis, the Research Fellow will be supporting the Policy Institute team on analytics for ad hoc, time-critical projects. The postholder is expected to develop their own strands of externally funded work, supported by the Policy Institute and wider College.  

The Policy Institute’s diverse portfolio of research projects in quantitative analysis are often high profile, time-critical studies, that feed directly into key policy and political debates (please see our website for an outline of our recent work ). This will focus on survey-based studies but may include other types of data. Experience of working with diverse types of data would be advantageous.  

We would expect the role holder to contribute to methods development within the department, taking on a mentoring role for junior staff and interns who are looking to develop quantitative research skills, advising on research design as well as exploring opportunities for methods innovations. 

This post will be offered on a full-time, indefinite contract.

Key responsibilities

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Undertaking robust and independent analysis of WVS and EVS data using a range of statistical approaches to address hypotheses on values change and polarisation, drawing on an understanding of established theories and models 
  • Ensure smooth delivery on time and on budget of project outputs, balancing competing priorities 
  • Write or contribute to publications or disseminate research findings 
  • Developing key elements of funding proposals for future work, either as part of larger teams or independently 

General responsibilities include:

Communication and networking

  • Communicating conceptual and complex ideas to a variety of audiences using appropriate media and methods 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are necessary, including delivery of a range of document types to ensure clarity and accessibility of complex content (including slide presentations, journal articles, informal and formal policy briefings) 
  • Developing relationships with senior policy makers and practitioners in the UK and using these relationships to promote the project outputs both nationally and internationally 

Decision Making, Planning and Problem Solving

  • Ensure smooth delivery on time and on budget of project deadlines 
  • Collaborate with others in the Policy Institute, King’s and other institutions, where appropriate, on the delivery and dissemination of project tasks and outputs 
  • Contribute to reporting and communication with project partners
  • Contribute to identification and resolution of project development needs  

Teamwork and project partnership

  • Act as a responsible team member, helping shape and lead team working and the development of productive working relationship with others 
  • Engage with colleagues and activities in collaborating with institutions as appropriate 
  • Fostering interdisciplinary working and promoting a collegiate approach to collaborative working 
  • Demonstrate ability and/or willingness to use and learn a variety of different methodologies, particularly quantitative methods and policy engagement tools 

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.

Skills, knowledge, and experience 

Essential criteria

1.       PhD in a relevant subject, or equivalent experience 

2.       Strong quantitative research skills 

3.       Ability to communicate effectively with policymakers and with academic communities, both in person and in writing  

4.       Ability to engage actively with team members and other potential collaborators in developing a programme of research, impact and engagement 

5.       Ability to provide support in the development of project plan 

6.       Able to work independently and to think creatively 

7.       Ability to work calmly under pressure and act on initiative 

8.       Experience in writing policy report and journal articles 

Desirable criteria

1.       Specialist knowledge of working with values and attitudinal data and understanding of key concepts and theories 

2.       Experience of conducting policy-relevant research and analysis as well as experience of interdisciplinary projects.  

3.       Experience of undertaking policy analysis on short time scales for policy clients  

Further information

The postholder is based in a busy office environment and will be expected to be working on campus for 40-60% FTE during the working week (hybrid working). You must have the ability to operate effectively and efficiently when working remotely.

You must have a willingness to commit to the Policy Institute values and behaviours in addition to King’s Strategic Vision 2029.

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