We're recruiting!

We are rapidly expanding our work and are now seeking researchers for our new projects.

These roles would suit recent excellent graduates in any discipline with an interest in public policy research. A research-led postgraduate degree would be useful but is not essential.

Researchers will undertake detailed research and analysis under the supervision of a research director.  Their duties will include:

  • Supporting the project's research director.
  • Reading and summarising academic and policy literature.
  • Researching local, national and international policy issues.
  • Drafting briefing papers and reports.
  • Helping to organise meetings and seminars with project advisers, consultees and stakeholders.
  • Making informed policy suggestions.
  • Drafting briefings and articles.

The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Exceptional academic ability and research skills.
  • A keen interest in public policy issues.
  • The ability to work on a non-partisan basis.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

Our existing projects include GovernUp, a large-scale project on Whitehall reform, and the Global Development Challenge, which is investigating the effectiveness of foreign aid in promoting international development.

Our new projects include Justice & Security, which is exploring the reforms needed to deliver justice and keep citizens safe in a world of changing threats, Planning Change, which is considering the radical planning reform needed to enable more homes to be built while maintaining essential countryside protections, and Morality & Markets, which is considering how capitalism and free markets can be made to work for everyone in the age of globalisation.

Pay: A competitive salary will be offered, commensurate with the Project for Modern Democracy’s charitable status, according to experience.

Closing date: Friday 13 April 2018.

Interview dates: Tuesday 17 & Wednesday 18 April.

Start date: Monday 23 April, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Application details:

Please submit your CV with a short covering e-mail explaining your suitability for the role to jobs@p4md.org.

You may optionally attach a previous research project such as a Master’s thesis, journal article, or PhD thesis chapter.

If shortlisted for an interview you may be asked to prepare a short paper on a subject matter relevant to one of the policy projects.

All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.