Research Officer

Would you like to be at the forefront of social research?

Help influence government policy and employer practice, making the UK a better place to live, study and work?

Join a vibrant, Brighton-based team, with clear opportunities for progression and generous annual leave entitlements?

Making a difference through social research

As a not-for-profit, the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) has been delivering independent, evidence-based research that makes a difference for fifty years.

From helping major employers to stop the gender pay gap in its tracks, to assisting government departments to understand the effects of new initiatives such as the T Levels, IES leads a wide programme of research on issues that matter. As a researcher, every day is different, and we’ll support you to develop your own area of research interest.

About you

We are looking for a bright, inquisitive researcher who is passionate about improving employment and education policy and practices. Ideally you’ll have:

■   Evidence of significant understanding of UK employment or education policy or employment practice, and interest in labour market/employment/HR issues

■   Relevant education –

  • EITHER a higher degree in a social science discipline
  • OR an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in an applied social science discipline with relevant work experience demonstrating the core competences of the role.

Please see attached job specification for full details of the role. 

Your benefits

IES is based in Brighton. We offer excellent benefits including 27 days holiday per year plus four closure days over Christmas plus bank holidays and a contributory career-average defined-benefit pension scheme (USS).  We also can offer you career progression and development opportunities and support you to disseminate your research, build your external reputation and expand your knowledge through working with our expert staff. 

How to apply

Please apply on a standard IES application form. CVs will not be considered. 

Please return your completed application form along with our equal opportunities monitoring form (both available to download below) to: or post to Careers, IES, City Gate, 185 Dyke Road, Brighton BN3 1TL (Telephone: 01273 763456)

If you wish to have an informal discussion about this post prior to submitting your application please contact Helena Tulley, HR Assistant on Helena can also put you in touch with one of our researchers to discuss your interest in the role.

The Institute for Employment Studies is actively seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce and welcomes applications from all under-represented communities and groups. We are particularly keen to attract BAME candidates given their under-representation within the applied research sector. We also make reasonable adjustments to accommodate the individual requirements of disabled candidates and those with health conditions.

Legal note

The Institute for Employment Studies:

  • is a registered charity (no. 258390)
  • seeks to be an equal opportunities employer
  • is an Investor in People