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Senior researcher on just transition (maternity cover)


NEF is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in research and policy making and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. Further details follow the jobs listed below.


Senior Researcher, 9‑month maternity cover (Environment and Green Transition)
Full time
Salary: £39,600- £44,300

NEF are looking for a highly skilled and talented Senior Researcher (maternity cover) to join its Environment & Green Transition team. The role holder will lead the delivery of the team’s priority program on Just Transition. This will be a fantastic opportunity to work with unions, businesses and civil society groups to research, co-create and advocate a fair transition for workers in high carbon and other disrupted sectors.

You will be passionate about NEF’s commitment to delivering research that helps build movements and make change happen on the ground, as well as at national policy level.

You will work closely with colleagues in your team to take NEF’s Just Transition programme to new heights through fast paced and relevant research, political strategy and policy development.

You will bring strong interpersonal skills to engage a variety of stakeholders effectively. You will also bring strong research skills – ideally, an aptitude for both qualitative and quantitative methods – and the proven ability to manage a varied workload while working both independently and as part of a team. You will also have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to present complex ideas clearly and for a number of different types of audience.

To apply, please send the completed Application Form and Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form to recruitment@​neweconomics.​org 

Deadline for applications: 22 September 2020, 9 am.
Interviews: 29 September 2020
Start date: 2 November 2020

Location: flexible. We encourage applicants from outside of London and the South East but requiring occasional travel to our London offices.


Disability confident employerHappy to talk flexible working

NEF is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in research and policy making and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA; people who have a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class now or in the past.

We are also aware that many highly capable prospective candidates nonetheless rule themselves out of work in research and policy because they underestimate their own ability to do the role. With this in mind, we strongly encourage applications from anyone who is prepared to learn and grow on the job and would like to stress that past experience of working in think tanks is not required.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy. We make use of positive action to select between candidates of equal merit as a way to address under-representation in our workforce.

We recognise that people have commitments and responsibilities outside of work, therefore NEF supports flexible working. We are also open to suggestions of job shares.