The Education Policy Institute is one of the country’s leading public policy research organisations. Our aim is to promote high quality education outcomes for all children and young people, regardless of social background.
Our authoritative, impartial reports have proven both timely and influential, reaching a large and diverse audience including parliament, government, practitioners and the general public. Our high-quality programme of data-led research generates powerful evidence that is able to shape policy.
We are looking to recruit four Senior Researchers across three of our teams – Early Years, Social Mobility & Vulnerable Learners, and Post-16 and Skills.
These Senior Researchers will help take us to the next level by broadening the skills and experience we have, allowing us to delve even deeper into some of the biggest challenges facing our country, and ultimately improve the life chances of children and young people in England.
For details on these new Senior Researcher roles, the work of the Education Policy Institute and how to apply, please read our Application Guide. A summary of the new positions can also be found below.
New position: Senior Research for Early Years
As a Senior Research for Early Years you will apply a range of quantitative techniques on existing administrative and survey data, as well as mixed-methods techniques to explore important questions that have not been adequately addressed so far.
New position: Senior Researcher for Social Mobility and Vulnerable Learners
As a Senior Researcher for Social Mobility and Vulnerable Learners you will play a key role in producing EPI’s high profile Annual Report on Disadvantage Gaps. On this project and in a range of research priorities, you will explore the rich administrative data available in the National Pupil Database and elsewhere. You will design and develop innovative quantitative analyses to expand the evidence base in under-researched topics. Seeking to identify what drives and transmits educational disadvantage, you will communicate your findings compellingly to make the case for better policies.
New positions: Senior Researcher for Post-16 and Skills (two positions available)
As a Senior Researcher for Post-16 and Skills you will apply a range of quantitative techniques on existing administrative and survey data covering post-16 education (such as the NPD, ILR and HESA, LSYPE) data, and will explore the potential of emerging data such as data that links education to earnings or on the characteristics of teachers in the further education sector. You will develop a deep understanding of the range of post-16 educational pathways available to young people and draft reports designed to maximise the impact of our research on policy making.
- A researcher with at least two to three years’ experience in a relevant field, plus a strong, largely numerate, degree.
- The ability to lead on research projects that result in clear policy recommendations.
- Strong quantitative analytical skills that can be exploited across a range of statistical and/or econometric techniques, and preferably experience of using large administrative datasets.
- An enthusiastic team player who is keen to help build a growing research institute.
- A confident communicator who wants to get out and explain research to educators, policy-makers, and journalists
- A salary of £32,000 – £44,999 depending on experience, plus 8 per cent employer pension contributions.
- Flexible working hours, including the opportunity to work from home
- 30 days annual leave in addition to bank holidays. EPI also shuts between Christmas and New Year.
- Season ticket loans and a cycle to work scheme.
- We are a Time to Change employer and we provide an employee mental health assistance programme.
- We welcome part-time applicants and applications on secondment or in addition to academic roles within universities.
EPI’s offices are based in central London, on Buckingham Palace Road and are very well connected – situated just 5 minutes away from Victoria Station.
All the EPI team are currently working remotely, and this will continue until government guidance changes.
How to apply
> To apply, please fill out our application form by 11.59pm on Wednesday 7 April 2021, using this link
This application process helps us improve the fairness of our recruitment process, the staff involved in the sifting process will not have access to your name, personal contact information or the names of the education institutions you have attended. To help us achieve this aim we ask that you do not send in CVs and covering letters as they will not be considered. We also ask that you do not reveal personal information about yourself in your application answers.
Interviews will take place over video conference within two weeks of the closing date, though we can be flexible with timing for the right candidate.
If you have any questions about the post, the application process or require any reasonable adjustments, please do contact firstname.lastname@example.org before applying and we’ll be happy to discuss it.
Please note that we are only able to consider applicants who have a right to work in the UK as we are unfortunately unable to sponsor applicants at this time. For more guidance on the right to work in the UK please visit: https://www.gov.uk/prove-right-to-work
EPI’s commitment to having a diverse workforce
EPI is committed to having a diverse workforce and eliminating discrimination. Our aim is that each employee within the organisation feels respected and able to give of their best. This commitment is in keeping with EPI’s mission and purpose to improve the outcomes for all children and young people regardless of background.
We need your support, so we especially welcome applications from candidates from Black, Asian, Mixed or Multiple and Other Minority Ethnic backgrounds. We especially welcome these candidates to discuss the role and any questions they have with the hiring panel prior to application.
We also ask all candidates fill out an optional and anonymous diversity monitoring form alongside their application form to help us understand how we can improve the fairness of our recruitment process. Staff involved in sifting and interviewing candidates will not have access to this data. The form is entirely voluntary so if you would rather not disclosure this information please click through to the end of the form.