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  • Full time or Part time or Flexible
  • from £20,344
  • Ideally Scotland - working remotely from home or cowork spaces with regular business travel (average 3 to 10 days per month).
  • Closing 7th May 2019

  • Advertised from 8th April 2019
  • Flexible, 35 hours per week; full-time, but part time may be considered.
  • 30 days Annual holiday plus Bank Holidays, USS Pension Scheme


The Dartington Service Design Lab – an internationally respected research charity dedicated to improving child outcomes – is seeking a passionate and likeminded Researcher to join our dynamic team. Ideally based in Scotland, the candidate will enjoy a varied role, spanning child development and policy research, service design and public system reform.

To help deliver our vision, we are looking for a highly motivated, exceptional and well qualified researcher (ideally with a Master’s degree in a relevant social science or a first-class undergraduate degree – but kindly note: this is an entry level researcher’s post and therefore candidates that are qualified to PhD level for example, are unlikely to be considered)). Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• undertaking rapid reviews of evidence to inform service and system design;

• assisting with data collection, synthesis, management and analysis;

• preparing supporting materials for workshops, training and other events;

• drafting and refining reports, presentations and other dissemination outputs (including social media activities e.g. blogs, tweets etc.).

In particular, we require a highly organised and energetic self-starter with outstanding communication skills who is capable of quickly learning new competencies and adapting to different ways of working.

The position has a good degree of flexibility: as a team we largely operate

remotely across England and Scotland, using online and video communication

tools. The team members tend to work from home or together in co-working

spaces. We also regularly come together as a whole team in our beautiful Devon


Application notes

A full job description, person specification and an application form are available on request to Applications close at mid-day Tuesday 7 May 2019.

Application timetable: Tuesday 7th May – mid-day close Friday 10th May - Shortlisting

Thursday 16th May – Interview 1 (London)

Friday 24th May – Interview 2 with CEO (Devon)

(Reasonable travel costs will be reimbursed – skype and virtual interviews will not be considered as an alternative.)

We are committed to safer recruitment practice and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. The post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.