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Senior Researcher

Onward is looking for a new candidate to join our team as a Senior Researcher. Successful applicants will become an integral part of our research team, working primarily on one of our research programmes: Getting to Zero, Levelling Up, Science Superpower and Social Fabric.

Applicants should have experience writing high quality research, for example in academia, the civil service or the private sector, and have exceptional data analysis and drafting skills. They must also be comfortable engaging with and contributing to public policy debates, including through the media, policy events and meetings with MPs and civil servants. 

You would be joining Onward at an important time in British politics and for Onward. Having launched four years ago, we have quickly established a reputation for rigorous research that gets traction not only in newspapers but also in policy. We pride ourselves on developing policy ideas that are timely, practical to deliver and politically possible. 

Main responsibilities

  • Contribute to a high quality research programme, including analysis, drafting, editing, and developing practical, ambitious policy ideas. 
  • Conduct novel and rigorous data analysis, including polling analysis and economic modelling, using Stata and other tools.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders at the highest levels of government, the media, industry and among the policy community. 
  • Fundraise for ongoing research, including through sponsored events and philanthropic fundraising from individual donors and grant foundations.
  • Plan and deliver Onward events, including roundtables, panels, and policy workshops. 
  • Produce regular articles for newspapers, websites and other outlets.

Salary: £32,000 – £40,000, dependent on experience.

Commitment: Ideally full-time. 

Working pattern: 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, flexible working from home and the Westminster Office.

Deadline: Sunday 9th October (Interviews Thursday 13th Oct)

Start Date: December 2022/January 2023 

Application details: To apply for this role, please send your CV, a short cover letter and any relevant published research to adam.hawksbee@ukonward.com.