Research Officer (Centre for Social Investigation)

Application deadline: Thursday 7th July 2022

Salary: £29,776 to £34,315 per annum (pro-rata if appropriate)

The Centre for Social Investigation seeks to appoint a Research Officer starting in August 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter, for a fixed period of nine months. Working under the supervision of Professor Anthony Heath, project director, and Professor David Kirk, the current Director of the Centre, the Research Officer will be part of a team working with the Social Mobility Commission to implement its measurement framework for assessing progress toward social mobility. The Research Officer will be supporting Professor Heath and in particular will be working to obtain, collate and harmonize data from across the UK in order to show how mobility chances vary at different levels of geography.   

The Research Officer will have excellent quantitative and data analysis skills, a strong command of issues of coding and data harmonization, and a high level of competence with respect to data visualization and presentation. The Research Officer will draft reports on the methodology and prepare short comments on the findings; and while the main outputs of the project will be reports to the Social Mobility Commission, there may be an opportunity to co-author with Professor Heath on an academic paper related to social mobility.

Applicants should hold a Masters or PhD/DPhil degree in a relevant social science discipline. They should possess the ability to conduct high quality and rigorous research as evidenced by a good record of scholarly writing (for example in a Masters or Doctoral thesis). Applicants should also have excellent communication and presentational skills, including skills in data visualization; and experience of quantitative methods with strong statistical skills including good knowledge of Stata, SPSS, or related software. The ability to work constructively and effectively as part of a small research team under their own initiative is also essential. Knowledge of the techniques and literature on aspects of social mobility (broadly defined to include income, education, housing, and wealth mobility as well as occupational mobility) or of educational attainment is not essential but it would be advantageous.

Full details of the role, including the selection criteria and how to apply, can be found in the Job Description.

Job description

The post is intended to be a full-time position, but we will also consider applications from candidates who wish to hold the post on a part-time basis, and it is fixed-term for nine months. There will be an initial probationary period of two months. The salary will be in the range £29,776 to £34,315 per annum (pro rata).  Benefits include free meals whilst on duty, a season-ticket loan scheme for buses and trains, and contributory pension scheme.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 7th July 2022.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday, 19th July 2022.

How to Apply

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' link below. This will take you to the Interfolio Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register for an account (if you have not done so previously) and log in before completing an online application.

For the online application you will be asked to complete an application form and a recruitment monitoring form, and to upload the following documents:

  • a covering letter which describes the ways in which you meet the selection criteria for the post, as set out above. The letter should indicate whether you are applying for the full-time post or wish to take up the post on a part-time basis, and when you would be free to start.
  • a curriculum vitae (CV), which should include the names and postal and email addresses of two referees. We will assume that we may approach your referees at any stage unless you tell us otherwise, so please state clearly if you wish to be contacted before a referee is approached.
  • a ten to twenty page document of scholarly writing, for example a section of a Masters or Doctoral thesis.


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Nuffield College exists to promote excellence in education and research, and is an equal opportunities employer committed to equality and valuing diversity. Applications are particularly welcome from women, disabled people and from black and ethnic minority candidates, who are currently underrepresented in posts in the College.