Research Associate x2

Deadline 23 April 2021
Salary £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6)

We are seeking to recruit two outstanding individuals to contribute to our work for the Welsh Government and public services.

The post offers a unique opportunity to manage and conduct high quality, policy research, working closely with leading researchers and policy makers who are at the heart of current policy developments and debates. We would particularly welcome applications from candidates with a knowledge of or interest in health, social care or the Welsh economy.

You must have a good understanding of public policy; a commitment to high quality policy research; excellent communication and organisational skills; and the ability to work as part of the Centre’s wider team.

The Centre offers a stimulating and supportive working environment with flexible working arrangements; a generous pension scheme and other benefits; a wealth of training opportunities; and a base in the new Social Science Research Park (SPARK) located on Cardiff’s £300 million Innovation Campus.

The post is full-time until September 2022 in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal thereafter, subject to the availability of funding.


£33,797 – £40,322 per annum (Grade 6)

We encourage potential applicants to contact Professor Steve Martin (Director of the Wales Centre for Public Policy) or Dan Bristow (Director of Policy & Practice) for an informal discussion about the role. We will consider applications to join the Centre on a secondment basis for a minimum of 12 months.


Applicants are asked to answer the following questions at the start of their supporting statement. Your answers should be as concise as possible and must not exceed 200 words per question.

Question 1: The Wales Centre for Public Policy provides evidence to enable local authorities, health boards and other public bodies to identify ways to improve policy decisions and public services.
How would you go about identifying the policy issues that we should work on with them over the next six months? What criteria would you use to rank the issues in order of priority?

Question 2: The Centre does most of its work in partnership with experts from other universities and research organisations. Imagine that we’ve been asked by the First Minister to provide evidence on what the Welsh Government should do to tackle poverty. He needs a report in three months’ time. How would you identify the best experts to work with us on this project? What potential barriers might you encounter in securing their input and how would you overcome these?

For a full job description and to submit an application, click here.