Government Social Researchers

London (Central), London (Greater)
£33,990 - £45,747
14 Nov 2018
06 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Could you use your social research skills to help make the transport system better for everyone?


Are you interested in using behavioural insights to help tackle national challenges such as sustainability, air quality, road safety and economic growth?

Do you want to find out what works, for whom, when and why in transport initiatives? 

If so, we would love to hear from you.

We are looking for five exceptional Research Officers and Senior Research Officers to join our growing team of Government Social Researchers at the Department for Transport (DfT). Successful candidates will be considered for all roles and will be appointed based on their strengths and experience demonstrated throughout the application process. 

Social and behavioural research and evaluation at DfT is about applying established and innovative methods, like behavioural insights, to high profile national policy challenges (for example, the future of rail and airport capacity or the plateauing in road casualty reduction) and strategic issues (for instance, growing inequalities and transport needs for an ageing population), as well as emerging technologies (such as autonomous vehicles).

We have the following positions:

One Research Officer and one Senior Research Officer in Social and Behavioural Research Team

Social and Behavioural Research works on high profile policy areas including autonomous vehicles, aviation capacity and ensuring our roads meet the technological needs of future generations.  We provide, promote and advocate high quality and timely social and behavioural research; and, build capability across the Department to ensure the impact of this evidence.  The role will involve designing and managing social research projects and using this evidence and behavioural insights to shape decision-making, policy development and the delivery of DfT’s priorities. 

One Research Officer post in the Evaluation team

The Evaluation team works with analysts embedded in policy teams to support the design, commissioning, management and quality assurance of studies to assess the real-world effectiveness, efficiency and impacts of DfT’s interventions and to inform policy making, delivery and appraisal systems. It supports evaluations of programmes in the areas of cycling, local transport, science and innovation, air quality, road safety, strategic roads, rail, and high speed rail.

One Senior Research Officer post in Road User Safety, Licensing and Insurance Team

The Road User Safety, Licensing and Insurance team is responsible for a wide range of policy areas around road safety.  This includes protecting vulnerable road users, speed limits, mobile technology, drink driving, autonomous vehicles, The Highway Code, the legal requirements on insurance and driver licensing, and liaison with the Home Office and police on matters of enforcing road safety law.  The role will involve developing the social research evidence programme for RULIS, designing, commissioning; delivering social research projects to inform key road safety evidence needs and working with policy colleagues on interpreting and using the evidence to develop policy.

One Research Officer Post in Rail Statistics, Research and Evaluation

The Rail Statistics, Research and Evaluation team works towards the Minister’s key priority of reforming the rail sector to improve services and more effectively put passengers first. We work on high profile policy areas including understanding customer satisfaction with the railway, examining passenger perceptions of rail crowding and delays, as well as being involved in developing ideas about smart ticketing and new forms of technology. As a team we support the whole of the Rail Group but also collaborate with the wider rail industry. The team is at the cutting edge of work that will determine the future shape of the railway, including providing high quality social research for the recently announced Rail Review and work on the implications of the UK’s exit from the EU.

About us

We are part of the Department for Transport . DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department. 

You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future. 

DfT has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017. 

DfT’s inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made to raise the number of women in senior positions.

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