Research Assistant

Leeds, West Yorkshire
£19,000 - £22,000 + Bonus and Life Assurance
28 Jun 2019
28 Jul 2019
Research Assistant June19
Contract Type
Full Time

We are an international provider of research, consulting, programme management and communications services. We combine our passion and our business professionalism to make a difference in the world. Our mission is to help our clients make decisions, build capacity to implement and communicate change, and deliver bespoke services. Our teams of researchers, policy experts, programme managers and communications specialists help our clients to address today’s most important societal challenges. We provide expert advice and support to deliver change. We are an employee-owned organisation that gives 1% of our profits to charity each year.  Our working culture promotes personal and career development and you will be part of a large international group with offices worldwide. Ecorys operates a flexible working policy.

About the Role:

We are currently targeting emerging talent in the areas of UK and European Social Policy, and International Development, to join our reputable Policy and Research team delivering impactful work across a variety of client contracts. 

Our work ranges from supporting local client needs, through to large scale National, European and International monitoring and impact evaluations. We work across a range of policy areas including education, employment, children, young people and families, health and wellbeing.

As a Research Assistant, you will develop and apply your range of quantitative and qualitative research skills including desk-based research, survey design and implementation, in-depth interviewing, focus groups and qualitative and quantitative data analysis. You will work independently and collaboratively on a range of monitoring, evaluation and learning contracts including process and impact evaluations. 

The Research Assistant role offers broad exposure working across one or more of our key social and economic policy areas which focus on education, employment and labour markets, healthcare, health and wellbeing, sport and culture, children, young people and families, ageing and social care, and financial capability. Technically, you will also apply experience of using analytic software such as Stata, SPSS, Excel and NVivo.

As you develop in the role, you will have the opportunity to grow your client facing and business development skills by contributing to work winning activities.  You may also be able to develop a specialisation into qualitative or quantitative methodologies.

Role Requirements:

You will need to demonstrate excellent project delivery skills by meeting tight deadlines in a fast paced environment.

You will be able to use a variety of written and verbal styles of communication to support conducting in depth interviews, note taking and moderating focus groups and writing up findings following analysing data.

You must be organised and able to take on administration tasks to support the wider team.

Ideally, you will have completed or be working towards a Master’s Degree (in social science, social research, international development, geography, statistics, maths or economics, research methods etc).

Due to the nature of the research, an enhanced DBS check may be required. There is also the prospect for some national and international travel.