BackgroundPUBLIC helps technology startups transform public services. We provide insight, support, networks, and capital to entrepreneurs with the latest and most innovative ideas, helping them to improve the lives of citizens through enhancing the services that the government provides. Led by ex-Deputy Head of the No.10 policy unit, Daniel Korski, and venture investor, Alexander de Carvalho, PUBLIC’s team has operational experience across government, startups, technology and finance.
In addition to supporting a growing portfolio of over 25 technology startups, PUBLIC runs a research programme that produces the most authoritative, impactful and innovative analysis on how technology - especially technology startups - will shape the future of government. Our recent work includes reports on the role of technology in healthcare, policing, and international trade, as well as landmark assessments of the state of GovTech across the UK and Europe.
The Research Associate will form a key part of PUBLIC’s growing research team, leading PUBLIC’s research projects to produce reports, articles, blogs, and events focusing on how technology will shape the future of government.
Main responsibilities will include:
Leading the research, writing, and editing for PUBLIC’s ongoing research projects (including desk research, data collection and analysis, and conducting interviews and surveys).
Planning and managing PUBLIC’s research pipeline, including identifying future areas of focus for reports, blogs and other online content.
Presenting research to government, report sponsors, and other clients.
Supporting the organisation of launch events for reports, including selecting and contacting speakers and attendees.
Writing and producing content for PUBLIC’s blog and other online platforms.
Researching key policy, investment and technology trends across the public sector, in order to support PUBLIC’s wider commercial activities.
Supporting business development activities for PUBLIC’s portfolio of startups, especially gaining market intelligence by analysing public sector opportunities.
Overseeing the work of PUBLIC’s Research interns.
Person specificationThe selected candidate will have strong experience managing research projects, as well as experience and expertise relating to government, technology, startups or entrpreneurship. The selected candidate will be able to demonstrate:
2-3 years of experience with research projects (especially in public policy, technology or the social sciences).
Experience and expertise in public policy, government, technology or startups.
Experience conducting data collection and analysis.
Experience conducting literature reviews.
Genuine interest in the aims and core mission of PUBLIC.
High level of resourcefulness and determination.
Excellent written English.
Excellent communication skills and the ability to work with external stakeholders.
The ability to work independently and manage a varied workload.
The ability to work as part of a team in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
Additional desired skills include: