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Organisation : Food Standards Agency
Job Title : Senior Research Officer
Reference Number: 1545288
Closing Date: 27 Jun 2017
Salary : £35,700 – £44,000 The post attracts an additional pay allowance of £3k pa
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London, England

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As a Senior Social Science Research Officer you will have an important role to play in helping the Agency consider challenging and complex issues.

Related : Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Research Officer :

In particular, behavioural science can help equip FSA to perform its regulatory role effectively and efficiently in the post-EU exit environment.

This is an exciting time to join FSA’s Analytics Unit as there is growing demand for behavioural insights across the organisation.

You will provide robust advice, research and analysis to inform policy development to help deliver our vision.
Specifically :
** deliver the Agency’s strategic plan priority on behaviour change by shaping the emerging programme of work concerning both the public and food business operators, engaging with external experts and academics to help up-skill Agency colleagues’ understanding of behavioural insights and how they may be useful;

** provide evidence to inform the FSA’s key strategy programme – “Regulating Our Future” – so that food business operators take greater ownership for ensuring food is safe and are therefore compliant, working closely with policy colleagues and external partners such as other government departments and experts to identify and deliver behavioural trials and evaluations in order to contribute to the Agency’s knowledge base, on what works for whom and where.

We are seeking a high performing social researcher who :
** has experience, and appreciates the strengths / weaknesses, of a wide range of research methods (quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods);

** will apply professional experience of interpreting findings, drawing appropriate conclusions, and communicating these clearly and concisely, including via innovative dissemination, to deliver business impact;

** will contribute to the strategic development and management of the Agency’s social science evidence base in order to maximise our impact on meeting the Agency’s strategic objectives.

We are particularly interested in a social researcher with knowledge of the principles of behavioural insights stemming from the behavioural science literature.

You will be able to build and maintain effective relationships with analytical and policy colleagues, as well as external stakeholders.

Want to find out more? Then please take a look at the attached job description which details the key responsibilities.

Qualifications :
a 2:1 or higher in any social science degree subject with a substantial social research methods component, or a relevant post-graduate degree

Competencies :
We’ll assess you against these competencies during the selection process :
** Social Science Professional Expertise – Technical skills
** Managing a quality service
** Collaborating and partnering
** Making effective decisions
** Delivering at pace
** Social Science Professional Expertise – Using & promoting social research

Apply and further information :
Contact point for applicants – Joanna Disson

Sift/interview dates and location :
** The GSR Knowledge test will take place in London on Thursday 13 July.
** Interviews will take place in London during the first three weeks of August.

Please note: Candidates will be appointed in merit order. If the number of successful candidates exceeds the number of advertised posts then candidates will be placed on a merit order reserve list for 12 months and be further considered for other SRO GSR posts across government during this period.

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