Senior Researcher (Systems Thinking) (Band 2)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £35,500 – £40,500
  • Remote
  • Closing 28th July 2021

  • Advertised from 25th June 2021
  • Salary depending on experience and qualifications £35.5k-£40.5k pro-rata. Hours: Flexible: 4 days per week (28 hours), or full time (35 hours per week) will be considered. Permanent.
  • 30 days Annual holiday (pro rata), Pension Scheme


Do you feel passionately about improving the life chances of children, young people and families? Are you excited to apply systems thinking methods and approaches in the design, refinement and evaluation of services and complex place-based initiatives?

Dartington Service Design Lab is an internationally respected social research and design charity focussed on using evidence and design in innovative ways to help those working with children and young people have a greater impact. As an organisation, we have more than 50 years of experience working across the public and voluntary sectors.

We are boosting our staff with a number of new positions including a mid-level Researcher with specific skills and experience in systems thinking methods and approaches. In particular, we are looking for a researcher with experience in employing a ranging of systems thinking approaches, including but not limited to system dynamics, group model building and systemic design. These skills will be applied to a range of scoping/mapping projects, service design and improvement projects, and evaluation of complex system-change initiatives.

The successful candidate may be based in England or Scotland and will enjoy a varied and independent role - working with great colleagues and partners on multiple projects.

The work is rarely routine. We are often experimenting and trying to innovate with those who we work with. We value empathy and collaboration and a focus on using evidence for social good.

We are looking for someone who can quickly add value and integrate into our team, with at least 5 years’ experience of outstanding project lead and delivery within the research or social sector. Key responsibilities are included in the job description document.

As a team, we operate remotely across the UK with regular project-related travel when it is safe to do so. Over the past 4 years we have successfully been using online and video communication tools to deliver our work. Our staff tend to work from home or when appropriate, together in local co-working spaces, and normally, every quarter we meet as a whole team in our beautiful Devon office.

We strive for diversity in our team. If we’re going to design impactful services for children and families we need to ensure our team is inclusive. Dartington encourages applications from all backgrounds and are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities.

Location: Working remotely from home in England/Scotland, occasionally co-working spaces, with business travel subject to current safety restrictions.

The post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

Start date: Ideally September/October 2021

Application notes

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Application timetable:

Wed 28 July 2021 at 23.59 Close

w/c 2 August 2021 Shortlisting

w/c 23 August 2021 Interviews

w/c 6 September 2021 Final selection