Senior Research Officer

Permanent
  • Job Reference 46361
  • SALARY & BENEFITS £37,024
  • Job Contact Analytical Recruitment
  • Contact Email Jemma.Tyers@ons.gov.uk
  • EDUCATION LEVEL Undergraduate degree (or equivalent)
  • Job Level Senior Research Officer
  • INDUSTRY SECTOR Public Services
Job Description

Do you want to be a part of shaping big decisions?

Barely a day goes by without some statistics or research findings produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) featuring heavily in the media. Social researchers are vital to the production of official statistics covering a broad range of social and economic topic areas. The statistics we produce are vital for government, businesses and people to make informed decisions based on trustworthy evidence.

The ONS is the UK’s largest producer of official statistics, covering a range of key economic, social and demographic topics. These include measuring changes in the value of the UK economy, estimating the size, geographic distribution and characteristics of the population, and providing indicators of price inflation, employment, earnings, crime and migration.

As a Senior Research Officer (SEO Specialist) in ONS you will be a member of the government-wide profession of Government Social Research (GSR). You will contribute to the ONS vision of improving decision making and informing debate through high quality, easy to use statistics and analysis.

As a Senior Research Officer you would, broadly, be working on a range of research, statistics and analysis projects primarily for ONS, but on occasions on behalf of other government departments.

You will join a team of professionals working together using a range of statistical, analytical and research techniques.

Responsibilities

Roles may include some of the following:

  • Production and publication of high quality national statistics
  • Discrete pieces of analysis to provide context and understanding around statistical outputs
  • Development of new methods, production systems and reporting/dissemination to make sure we meet users changing needs
  • Helping customers (including government departments) make the best use of our statistics through answering their questions on standard outputs or conducting additional analysis
  • Assisting with research to understand administrative datasets and how they can be used in the production of official statistics
  • Contributing to quality assurance and production of statistical/research reports
  • Reporting findings through presentations and publications to a variety of audiences
  • Liaising closely with other staff across ONS to share knowledge and develop expertise
  • Using specialist statistical software such as SAS, SPSS, R or equivalent to conduct research
  • Survey design and management
  • Management of less experienced researchers and building their capability
    Qualifications
  • Please be aware that the Qualification requirements for these roles have recently changed; ensure you take the time to review these details below.

To be eligible to apply for this GSR SRO role you need to fulfil the criteria of one of three routes outlined below.

Qualification route

  •  Hold an undergraduate degree (at a minimum of 2:1 or 2:2 with a postgraduate degree) in a social science subject. A qualifying social science subject is one which contains substantial social research methods training (comprising around one third of modules taken in the course) including quantitative research methods and three of the following: systematic/literature reviews; qualitative methods; interpretation of data and presentation of results; study design and hypothesis testing; and application of ethics to research.
  • Have at least two years of successful experience of working in applied social research in which strong analytical skills have been clearly demonstrated (for example in market research, government, applied academia or as a data analyst). Please provide evidence of this in the work history section of the application form. This can include work towards successful completion of a post graduate qualification with a strong research/research methods component. However, you need to provide evidence that such experience includes roles such as leading a team or delivering to customers.

Badged route

  • Already be a member of the Government Social Research profession
  • Have at least two years of successful experience of working in applied social research in which strong analytical skills have been clearly demonstrated (for example in market research, government, applied academia or as a data analyst). Please provide evidence of this in the work history section of the application form. This can include work towards successful completion of a post graduate qualification with a strong research/research methods component. However, you need to provide evidence that such experience includes roles such as leading a team or delivering to customers.

Experience route

  • Hold an undergraduate degree (at a minimum of 2:1 or 2:2 with a postgraduate degree) in any subject or hold a degree equivalent (for example, an advanced Certificate or Diploma from Market Research Society)
  • Have at least four years of successful experience of working in applied social research in which strong analytical skills have been clearly demonstrated (for example in market research, government, applied academia or as a data analyst). To enter the GSR through this route you must demonstrate the breadth and depth of your research experience and skills, which must include quantitative research methods and three of the following: systematic/literature reviews; qualitative methods; interpretation of data and presentation of results; study design and hypothesis testing; and application of ethics to research. You need to provide evidence that such experience includes roles such as leading a team or delivering to customers.

Please provide evidence of mandatory experience in the work history section of the application form. You must also provide evidence that you meet our qualification requirement in the template provided. Please do not simply attach your university transcript because this is insufficient evidence to demonstrate the amount of social research in your degree. In addition, we can’t accept research projects or dissertations as evidence.

Please see the ‘How to apply’ guidance and template attached which provides details on the information you should provide.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to demonstrate these criteria clearly on the application.

Please be aware whilst this is a Research post, we also recruit for Statistical officers.

If you feel that a statistical role is more relevant to your qualifications (you have a degree in maths or statistics) we recommend that you apply to one of the statistical posts.