Behavioural Insights Team - Research Advisor

RESEARCH ADVISOR: BEHAVIOURAL INSIGHTS TEAM RESEARCH TEAM

2 year-fixed term appointment

The Behavioural Insights Team is recruiting a Research Advisor, who will support the Head of Research to design, conduct, and evaluate Randomised Controlled Trials.

About the Behavioural Insights Team
The Behavioural Insights Team is a unique company. We started life inside No.10 Downing Street as the world's first government institution dedicated to the application of behavioural sciences.

We are now a world-leading social purpose company whose mission is to help organisations in the UK and overseas to apply behavioural insights in support of social purpose goals.
The company itself has three owners: the employees, the UK government, and Nesta (the UK's leading innovation charity).

As well as applying behavioural science to public policy, the team is also at the forefront of a revolution in evidence based policy. The team has conducted randomised controlled trials (the gold standard of evidence) across the policy spectrum, in fields ranging from health, to energy, to charitable giving and employment. The research team, which heads up the design of these trials and their analysis, is responsible for ensuring the rigour of these trials is kept to the highest possible standard, while ensuring that the team continues to conduct impactful, pragmatic research. Few organisations offer the opportunity to work on as wide a variety of trials as the Behavioural Insights Team, and none with the same focus on trials coordinated and run alongside government.
 
The Role: Research Advisor
You will work across a range of Behavioural Insights projects providing specialist trial design, implementation and analysis.

Phase 1: Develop your expertise and specialise (3-6 months) In this phase you will:
Familiarise yourself with the Behavioural Insights Team, its way of working and its clients.
Learn the Behavioural Insights Team's Research processes and practices.
-    Develop your expertise in econometrics, statistics and randomised controlled trial design.
-    Work with colleagues to develop and run randomised controlled trials across the policy spectrum.
-    Design and develop trials under the supervision of a more senior researcher.

Phase 2: Development (6-12) In this phase you will:
Continue to design and implement trials in collaboration with senior members of the team and policy colleagues
Begin to take the lead on designing trials Experience:

Essential:
A good degree (2:1 or higher) in a relevant subject (such as economics and psychology), including significant statistics and econometrics, ideally at postgraduate level
Good working knowledge of Stata or SPSS (this will be tested)
Ability to manage a workload of several projects and to deliver to a high standard on deadline
Ability to work collaboratively, with a range of stakeholders in delivery, policy and academic fields
An excellent understanding of the behavioural science literature A good, intuitive understanding in econometrics or statistics
The ability to communicate complex topics to a large audience clearly and effectively
Experience conducting original research, either using large datasets or conducting experiments in the lab or field (for example as a research assistant or as part of study)
Excellent communication skills, including ability to communicate to non¬technical and policy audiences

Desirable:
A Masters Degree or significant research experience in a relevant subject area, including, but not limited to:
o    Economics
o    Behavioural Economics
o    Psychology
o    Econometrics
o    Anthropology
Experience of running Randomised Control Trials and familiarity with other evaluation methods routinely used in field experiments
Experience working with large datasets
Candidates should apply by submitting a CV and a one page cover letter outlining their suitability for the role. This should be sent to biL.job.A@tic,ihaviu,.dlinz,,ghts.k..—.Jk by Midnight on 25" August 2014.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Candidates must have pre-existing right to work in the UK. We will not be able to offer a certificate of sponsorship for this role.

Terms:
Salary: c£30,000 per annum, depending on skills and experience 25 days leave per year, plus public holidays

Generous pension and other benefits

 

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