Senior Researcher

Job Title: Senior Researcher

Salary: £35,000-£40,000 per annum pro rata (depending on experience)

Location: Remote – UK based. Our offices are in East London but we welcome applicants from across the UK who do not wish to relocate – you should be willing to travel to our London office for team and project meetings up to six times per year (Covid permitting).

Hours: 4-5 days a week (flexible – minimum 28 hours/ week)
Contract: Fixed term until 31st March 2022, with possibility of extension. Start date April.

Benefits: 25 days annual, excluding bank holidays 3 days off between Christmas and New Year’s.

About the Young Foundation

Connected, thriving communities are the foundation of our society. They keep us safer, happier and healthier – more resilient and able to face shared challenges. Today, the Young Foundation’s mission is to enable the development of connected, more sustainable and stronger communities across the UK. We do this through amplifying the stories and lived experiences of people in our communities; using this to drive locally-led community action and enterprise. We use what we learn across different communities to spot national patterns of need and opportunity, then work with national partners to support new ideas to tackle those shared challenges. Bringing together our own – and other people’s – work, we are building a shared body of evidence, tools and insight about how communities are taking action on the issues that affect them.

About the role

We are seeking a Senior Researcher who has the experience and expertise to manage teams and varied projects and programmes of work where required – from evaluation of social innovations to analysing and synthesising ‘what’s working’ on a range of community issues. We aim for the insight we generate to inspire support for social change and influence policy and practice.

Examples of projects you could work on over the first few months include:

  1. Taking a key role in our work project on an EU project – Uplift – exploring how young people’s voices can be put at the centre of youth policy in areas of housing, education and employment. This will include stakeholder research and participatory activities with young people in Corby.
  2. Leading on a range of ad-hoc evaluation and research projects, which could cover anything from homeless health programmes, peer research with families, to ‘what works’ evidence syntheses on as part of the Institute for Community Studies.

While the majority of our research is qualitative, we also increasingly carry out innovative analyses of unusual data sets or combine data sets in new ways (e.g. our Flipping the Coin research) and so we welcome applicants with an interest and skills in this area.

We are looking for an individual who has the research skills and confidence to explore new methods or to take a new approach to seemingly entrenched issues. Our work is collaborative and we will expect you to be a team player, helping support and develop more junior researchers and support colleagues who are not research specialists. You will work closely with the Heads of Research and Institute for Community Studies to deliver a broad range of projects and raise our profile externally as producers of useful, innovative and creatively shared insights.

The role would suit a motivated self-starter with a passion for the work we do, and a deep understanding of the issues we tackle. A strong conviction for the role that research and evaluation can play in influencing and shaping policy, practice and opportunities for change is essential. You will have a strong track record in producing high quality, impactful publications and a creative flair for communication.

How to apply

With reference to the Job Specification, please complete the application form and return it to

The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 1st February 2021.
The selection process will consist of a virtual interview and task. Shortlisted candidates will be informed by 5th February.

Interviews will take place on 8th February 2021 via video-call.

We actively encourage people from Black and Ethnic Minority or other under-represented groups to apply for this role.

You must have the right to live and work in the UK. Applicants who require a work permit in order to take up employment will not be considered.
The Young Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We regret that we will only be able to reply, and give feedback, to short-listed applicants.