We are seeking a Principal Researcher to help lead the work of the research team and the varied work they do.
Contract: Full-time, permanent
Salary: £40,000-£55,000 pa (+ benefits, including a generous pension scheme, and 28 days annual leave)
Location: Bethnal Green, London
At The Young Foundation we believe inequality undermines the economy and corrodes our wellbeing, leaving its mark on communities, relationships, aspirations and self-worth. We are a research and action based institute with a formidable track record of confronting these inequalities. We work across the UK and internationally to create insight and innovations which put people at the heart of social change.
This post of Principal Researcher, is a new role for The Young Foundation, which will focus on helping lead the work of the research team; facilitating the varied work they do. Working with the Research Director, this role will help ensure projects are generating a compelling and influential body of evidence, meeting our funders and supporters expectations and being delivered to time and to a high standard.
Our research team is a mixed methods team, with a specialisation on ethnographic and iterative approaches. In the tradition of Michael Young, our founder, we take a rounded approach to current societal challenges, exploring more about hidden or under-explored social dynamics or developing thought on seemingly intractable social problems. Much of our work currently focuses on community-led action and innovation, to help us learn more about change and routes to equality.
We are seeking a Principal Researcher who has the experience and expertise to lead themes of work and programmes of work – from our research-led programmes on social innovation, organisational ethnography and observation of social dynamics, to our participatory and action-oriented research in communities which supports our colleagues working on the testing and development of prototyping and acceleration of innovative ideas and practices. We aim for the insight we generate to influence and inspire support for social innovation and change to challenge inequality, as well as develop expertise in understanding it.
We are looking for an individual who can help lead the thought leadership of the Young Foundation and support the research team to explore new contexts and techniques; someone who will be confident to take a new approach to seemingly entrenched issues. Our work is collaborative and we will expect you to be a team player with a strong conviction for the role that research can play in influencing and shaping policy, practice and opportunities for change, and demonstrable expertise in doing so.
Our work is based across the UK and Europe and we will expect that at certain times you will travel frequently to deliver it.
How to apply
To apply for this role, please submit your CV and a covering letter of no more than 3 pages explaining how you address the requirements of the role. The covering letter should give details of your current role, salary and notice period, and confirmation that you are a British or EU Citizen or otherwise have the right to work in the UK
Apply to firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for applications is the 24th May 2017.
Interviews will take place on the 5th June at The Young Foundation offices in Bethnal Green.
For any questions about this role or about the application process, please contact Dr Mary Hodgson on 020 8980 6263
We regret that we will only be able to reply, and give feedback, to short-listed applicants.
The Young Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.