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The What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care is looking to recruit a Research Assistant to provide support to their ambitious research programme, which spans randomised controlled trials in workforce wellbeing, evaluations of whole system changes, machine learning, and much more. The Research Assistant will have a crucial role in ensuring the smooth implementation and running of trials and evaluations run by the Centre; including liaising with project partners (which includes local authorities and academics), managing data collection processes, compiling trial materials, in addition to other tasks as required by the project(s).

The role would suit a new graduate from an undergraduate or masters degree, seeking to gain experience in a dynamic research environment.

The Attributes We Are Looking for in a Research Assistant


  • A commitment to conducting high quality research for the public good
  • A high level of organisational ability
  • The ability to work as a part of a team
  • A high degree of motivation and the ability to work autonomously where appropriate
  • The ability to communicate and work with a range of stakeholders both within and external to the What Works Centre.


  • An understanding or experience of children’s social care
  • A good degree in social science
  • Experience of working with data and ideally econometrics or data analysis.
  • Previous experience working in a research environment, for example as a temporary or casual research assistant during university

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV and a supporting statement outlining clearly how you would succeed in the role to [email protected], citing “WWC Research Assistant” in the Subject of the email.

Closing date for applications is: 12pm 7th June 2019