Senior Researcher

Permanent Senior Researcher
£42,066 to £52,679
Working Pattern: This is a full-time post, but we are happy to talk flexible working.
Location: Holyrood, Edinburgh
Closing date: Wednesday 22 May

About the Post

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) provides research, information and documentation services to the Parliament. Within SPICe, a team of around 30 researchers working within three units provide information and briefing to MSPs, their staff, parliamentary committees and to the staff of the Parliament in relation to their parliamentary duties. This work includes responding to personal enquiries, providing briefing on bills and on committee inquiries. The work is non-partisan and, when carried out for individual MSPs, is confidential.

Your work will be driven by the demands of the Parliament.  This post is based within the Justice, Health and Social Affairs Research Unit (a team of 15, including this post).  You will have a key role working closely with the other Senior Researcher (Education) to provide research support, primarily to the Education and Skills Committee and responding to enquiries from individual MSPs and their staff, on policy areas including early education, childcare, children’s social work, school age education and post-16 education.  You may also be asked to provide support in other social affairs subject areas as directed by SPICe managers. 

Candidate requirements

You will be educated to degree (or equivalent) level and will be able to demonstrate considerable work-related experience in education subject areas such as early learning, pre and post-16 education, childcare and children’s social work.  You must have the ability to analyse complex data and communicate complex issues both orally and in writing.  You must be able to work under pressure to tight deadlines and to prioritise work along with having well-developed interpersonal skills. 

How to apply

If you possess the experience required for this role and are looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to join Scotland’s Parliament, we’d love to hear from you. 

For full information on the post, the range of duties involved and how to apply, please check out the relevant job information on our recruitment website. Applications from Gaelic speakers are welcome. Cuirear fàilte air tagraidhean bho luchd-labhairt na Gàidhlig.

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Wednesday 22 May 2019
Our Benefits

In addition to your salary, you’ll be entitled to a great pension scheme with employer contributions of 20.9%; including training and career development opportunities. We also offer excellent benefits such as Healthy Living Scheme, and Season Travel Ticket Loans, along with the opportunity to work flexibly during your working week for e.g. compressed hours or home working, as well as generous holidays (41.5 days’ leave including public holidays).

We are committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the people of Scotland.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer that values and respects the people who work for us.  We seek to ensure all job applications are treated fairly, with respect and without bias.  We positively encourage applications from suitably experienced candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.  We particularly welcome applications from female and black and ethnic minorities (BME) candidates who are under-represented at this level.  All appointments will be made on merit.

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Thank you for your interest in this role.

I am lead of the Justice and Social Affairs Research Unit and Library and Collections Team and also act as part of the Senior Management Team of the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe). 

This is an exciting time to be joining this Research team, as we mark 20 years of the Scottish Parliament and look ahead to the next parliamentary session. 

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced candidates to fill one of two Senior Researcher (Education) positions with the Scottish Parliament.  The main role of the post-holder will be to produce accessible research and analysis to support committees and individual MSPs on a wide range of education related matters covering early education, childcare, schools and Higher and Further education

Denis Oag, Head of Research and Library

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