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Data Research Assistant


Circa £24,924 per annum (commensurate with skills and experience) + benefits

35 hours per week, initial one-year fixed contract based in London WC2  


Can you turn data into knowledge? Do you enjoy using your quantitative research skills to seek new insights into what drives social progress?

The primary purpose of this role is to provide quantitative research and data analysis to underpin our work in the Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing (EEM) team, and across the Action and Research Centre as required. The EEM team’s objective is “an economy that enables everyone to fulfil their potential” and this role will focus on seeking, analysing and presenting quantitative data to support team research and to contribute to outputs including written reports, and online and audio-visual content.

To excel in this role you will have a sound understanding of and interest in economics and public policy, including public service delivery. Advanced Excel skills are essential, including experience of macros and pivot tables. You will be capable of using statistical tools, such as Excel, SPSS, Stata, SQL or similar, and an awareness of and strong interest in Geographical Information System (GIS) tools for creating maps and customise visualizations. You enjoy working in teams and can show strong people and communication skills. Not least you are self-motivated and willing to show initiative.

The RSA combines thought leadership with civic innovation to further human progress. Building on our 260 year history as a beacon for enlightenment values, the RSA is currently at an exciting period in its history. We provide platforms for leading experts through the UK’s most ambitious free public lecture series, our projects generate new models for tackling the social challenges of today and we are building on our network of over 27,000 Fellows around the world – these are achievers and influencers from every field with a real commitment to progressive and social change.


How to apply

To apply for this position please download the application pack document below and prepare your CV and a covering letter clearly addressing how you meet the criteria for the role as set out in the person specification. Please also state your current salary and where you saw this advertised (for recruitment monitoring purposes). You may address your covering letter to Tony Greenham, Director of Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing.

Click on "Apply Now" below to submit your application. The closing date for receipt of applications is Midnight on Tuesday 5th July 2016. Interviews are expected to take place on Wednesday 13th July 2016. Please note that we are unable to accept late or incomplete applications.


Application pack (PDF)

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