ILC-UK is the leading think-tank on ageing and demographic change. We have over 15 years’ experience of producing ground breaking research, policy analysis and debate. 

Presenting current and futures research on economic policy, families and community, health and social care, migration and integration, transport and planning, work and wellbeing. Issue and impact driven – we aim to improve public policy and practice both at the national and international level. We are solutions focussed and all our reports include targeted recommendations for future action.

Over the last year, we have enjoyed great success both in terms of our impact and reach:
*Producing over 35 reports.
*Holding over 50 high level events and conferences.
*Featuring in every UK national newspaper and international publications, contributing to national TV and Radio debates and reaching an international Twitter audience of more than 5 million.

We need a Research Fellow with excellent analytical ability and strong writing skills who has a passion for, and understanding of, UK public policy. You must be able to work at a rapid pace, conducting secondary analysis of literature and evidence including data. Alongside this, you will be need to be able develop your own narrative including drawing together interesting and salient conclusions and recommendations to influence UK public policy. You must be able to work on multiple projects at the same time with competing deadlines. Ideally candidates will also have some experience in project management, client liaison, proposal development and wider fundraising activities.

This role would suit an individual with two to three years’ experience in a public policy or research environment. You will need strong analytical ability including high level competency in interpreting and communicating complex data analysis. A broad understanding of, and interest in, current economic and social policy debates is a must.

Key skills:
1. Essential: Two to three years’ experience in a public policy or research environment.

2. Essential Ability to interpret and use complex data to develop a strong narrative and produce impactful policy solutions.

3. Essential: A track record of drafting and publishing reports or articles at speed.

4. Essential: Understanding and experience of analysing key UK health, social and/or economic public policy.

5. Essential: Ability to write engaging articles, briefs and reports for different audiences.

6. Essential: Ability to work independently in a highly-pressured environment and to tight deadlines.

7. Essential: Ability to offer support and guidance to more junior members of the research team as well as work with other members of the team.

8. Desirable: A Masters or higher degree in Social Sciences with research methods component including quantitative analysis.

9. Desirable: Experience of fundraising through leading on, or contributing to, tenders or project proposals from ideally a range of funders, including Government, academic trusts, foundations and charities.

10. Desirable: Demonstrable interest or experience of working on ageing related issues and a knowledge or interest of the public policy environment in this field, including policy development and the political process.

11. Desirable: Experience or interest in the dissemination of research and the presentation of results in an academic, public or policy setting.

12. Desirable: Experience of leading or contributing to tenders or project proposals.

The ILC-UK envisages this post to be a full-time position but is happy to consider part-time arrangements, flexible working and secondments for the right candidate.

Send a (maximum) two-page CV and (maximum) one page covering letter to the Director of Research and Strategy at ensuring that the name of the position appears in the email subject field.

If selected for interview you will be asked to produce a short sample of your written work.

Hours 5 days a week, 35 hours (flexible for the right candidate)
Duration of contract Permanent
Salary £25,000-£35,000 depending on experience
Application deadline 27th February
Interview date 14-20th March
Start date ASAP
Place of Work Normal place of work will be at the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK) in Westminster, London.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to notify unsuccessful applicants. If you have not been notified of the outcome of your application within four weeks of the closing date, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.


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