Research Officer


10 – 20k GBP



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Flexi Time Job



The Ampersand Project

We are looking for an enthusiastic & diligent Research Officer to provide technical & administrative support with our research programme. They will work closely with our Research Manager & CEO to develop & pilot research services for universities (Communications Audits), conduct a project impact evaluation, conduct a project research programme & write reports.

They will have knowledge of monitoring & evaluation, research design, data collection & analysis. They will have excellent interpersonal, communication & organisational skills. The Research Officer will report directly to the Research Manager.

This fixed-term, part-time position is being fully funded by the Scottish Government & the EU through the Social Innovation Fund, as part of the project ‘The Mental Health Challenges of Young Adults’.

Core Research - support our Research Manager & CEO to
• Design & conduct a research programme to fill knowledge gaps around young people’s mental health using surveys & online polls, & produce a research report
• Design & conduct research into the impact of The Ampersand Project, using best practice to evaluate the effectiveness of the project, including production of a year-end impact report
• Pilot mental health communications audit at Universities
• Conduct qualitative & quantitative research, including focus groups, interviews & surveys to identify gaps in current systems, inform programme design & meet project research aims

Reporting & Systems
• Assist with identification/development of methods & tools to gather accurate & relevant data
• Contribute to the development & maintenance of systems & tools for data handling
• Develop, collate & maintain project reporting documentation (i.e. reports & associated files)
• Assist with the production of high quality project & research reports
• Assist with the production of ad hoc reports including for the CEO, board & funders

• Conduct research on policy, practice, products & services to inform project development
• Provide support with project design & proposal writing particularly in relation to research
• Support our CEO & Research Manager to develop research & consultancy services
• Work with our Research Manager to provide robust, timely & useful data to inform internal decisions, learning & improvement

• Degree or equivalent professional qualification(s) in research or related discipline
• Experience of designing & conducting research & evaluation projects
• Awareness of best practice in monitoring, evaluation & research
• Varied experience of data collection, processing & analysis
• Experience of writing research reports (for different audiences)
• Excellent verbal & written communication skills
• Strong IT skills including MS, & data analysis software (e.g. SPSS, NVivo)
• Strong organisational skills, including attention to detail, multi-tasking & time management
• Ability to work independently but also as part of a small team
• Knowledge of the mental health, equalities and/or higher education landscape

• £10,500 per annum pro rata (FTE £17,500)
• 21 hours per week (3 days) - there is flexibility about working days/hours/pattern
• 18 days holiday per annum pro rata (FTE is 30 days pa)
• 6 months fixed term contract from early July to 31 December 2019

To apply please submit a CV & cover letter with the subject line "Research Officer application". Your cover letter should outline your suitability for the role, why you wish to work at The Ampersand Project & highlight your most relevant skills & experience. Applications close at 7pm (GMT) on Wednesday 19th June 2019 & interviews will be held in Edinburgh in the week beginning 24th June 2019

The Ampersand Project is a new social enterprise that aims to improve the mental wellbeing of young adults. We do this by connecting research & real life – we combine research & academic knowledge with the daily experiences of our creative community in order to provide thoughtful & uplifting content, influence national & institutional policy, & improve mental health support systems.