The Behavioural Insights Team

Research Assistant

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is looking for two exceptional candidates to join our Research and Evaluation team as a Research Assistant for a fixed term of 12 months. One role is full time and one is part time (20 hours per week). We would ideally like the successful candidates to start within the next couple of months.

You will be engaged in a number of tasks to support the successful delivery of a wide portfolio of projects. You will need to be willing to get involved in a range of tasks, be flexible in your approach and be able to juggle competing priorities. This role offers someone an excellent opportunity to develop their organisational and project management skills.

The role will involve working alongside other members of the Behavioural Insights Team on a wide range of projects and so would suit someone with an interest in the field who is looking to gain experience.

About the Behavioural Insights Team

BIT is a global leader in the application of behavioural science to inform public policy and tackle societal challenges. The then Prime Minister created BIT in 2010 and in February 2014 we became a social purpose company, jointly owned by the Cabinet Office, Nesta (an innovation charity) and our employees.

BIT works with governments around the world in almost every area of policy. Whilst the subject and output of our projects varies considerably, there are common threads: we try to understand the contexts in which people make decisions; we notice small details; we find out what has and hasn’t worked before; we come up with innovative ideas for solving policy problems and we test and measure everything we do as robustly as we can.

As well as displaying professional excellence, BIT selects staff on the basis of our company values: always prioritising social impact; empiricism and humility; fresh thinking, collaboration; and public service.

Role and responsibilities

  • Undertaking project specific tasks, e.g. workshop set up, researching information, formatting data, etc

  • Coordinating a network of temporary Research Assistants carrying out work across the UK in support of specific evaluation projects;

  • Maintaining and updating project plans and documentation;

  • Support preparation for client meetings and presentations;

  • Helping to monitor and chase project work externally and internally, including liaising with schools in education trials;

  • Following up with data requests, coordinating incoming data and filing and categorising data; and

  • Ensuring file structures are optimal

Skills and experience

  • Strong interpersonal skills- able to communicate appropriately to staff at all levels;

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;

  • Strong IT skills (Google, MS Office);

  • Can do attitude and a willingness to be flexible;

  • Self-motivated;

  • Good organisational skills; and

  • Attention to detail.

Please note:

If you do not already hold the right to work in the UK and/or require sponsorship in order to continue working here, you should think carefully before applying. This is because we will be unable to sponsor you unless there is no other suitably qualified settled worker available to fill the role or your current immigration status means that the resident labour market test will not apply in your case.

To find out more about the organisation and the type of people who work in the team visit:

The Behavioural Insights Team is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and is determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable

Role posted - 2018-12-21T08:38:11Z 8:38am, 21st Dec 2018 GMT