Senior Researcher

The Runnymede Trust

Location London (hybrid working options)
Salary £41,000 - £45,000
Team Research
  • Closing: 12:00pm, 6th Mar 2023 GMT

Job Description

Job purpose

This is a key role with the potential to help shape the UK’s research and policy narratives on race and inequalities with one of the country’s leading think tanks on race and social justice. 

The Senior Researcher will support the strategic development and delivery of Runnymede’s research programme, taking ownership of research projects from inception to completion, leading and collaborating with internal research and policy colleagues, and developing impactful external research partnerships.

You will have responsibility for ensuring our research is rigorous and of stellar quality, and ensure wider project efforts are coordinated, budgeted, and delivered to deadlines. 

We have an ambition to deliver more quantitative research projects, so the ideal candidate will specialise in quantitative research design and analysis and have a strong understanding of official statistics and data analysis. You will support colleagues developing their quantitative research skills and be able to integrate data into mixed methods research projects so as to strengthen research outputs.

Responsibilities and main duties: 

Research Management and Delivery

  • Use a mixture of quantitative and qualitative methods to lead on delivering research aims, producing reports analysing and interpreting patterns and trends that examine the links between race and outcomes in selected thematic areas.

  • Project manage multiple research programmes and partnerships, ensuring collaborative research team activity is planned and delivered effectively and milestones, budgets and reporting requirements are met.

  • Proactively lead on providing responsive research support to emerging media or policy engagements. For example, by generating discussion papers, briefing papers, policy responses and presentations for internal needs and external events such as the All Party Parliamentary Group on Race and Community.

  • Help develop our research approaches, methodologies and tools, working within and further developing shared language and conceptual frameworks to ensure that our published reports are accessible and clearly understandable to all.

Stakeholder Management Responsibilities

  • Identify, pursue and develop new relationships with external partners which will allow us to expand our research output and further develop a rich understanding of race and inequalities in the UK.

  • Lead work with external partners  to design and deliver research and associated activities (e.g. research proposals, launch events etc.)

  • Lead on regular and strategic communication with external partners or funders to effectively report on research progress and impact.

Management, Strategic and Financial Responsibilities

  • Support the Head of Research in developing the strategic direction of Runnymede’s research portfolio and research team capability.

  • Lead multiple project teams and line manage Junior/Research Analysts.

  • Responsible for end to end research project delivery from inception through to successful launch - including leading the project team to identify and resolve issues that affect quality, timescales and impact.

  • Programme-level budget and resource management responsibility.

Communications and Impact Responsibilities

  • Work with our communications and engagement teams to strategically plan and deliver launch and engagement activities for research projects and programmes.

  • Accountable for project reporting and monitoring for funders and end-of-project impact and review documentation as well as internal evaluation of research activity and impact.

  • Represent Runnymede externally, deputising for the Head of Research where appropriate, to share our research findings or contribute to other external events as an ambassador for Runnymede and our work.

  • Promote equality and diversity values acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

Removing bias from the hiring process

Applications closed Mon 6th Mar 2023


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Mon 6th Mar 2023