Happier Lives Institute

(Senior) Research Analyst

Oxford, UK


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Basic info

Salary: Competitive, dependent on experience Location: Oxford (preferred); London-based or remote-work is possible Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week Applications due: Midnight on 17 November 2019 Start-date: ASAP

About HLI

The Happier Lives Institute is an early-stage charity startup that conducts research into the most effective methods to improve global well-being. We are excited by the potential of using subjective well-being (SWB) data as a tool to measure people’s well-being. By combining SWB with interdisciplinary research methods, we plan to guide the decision-making of NGOs, governments and individuals who want to use their resources to make people’s lives happier.

Our research falls into two streams: theoretical and applied. The former concerns various outstanding questions about well-being and its measurement - issues that need to be addressed about whether, when, and how to use subjective well-being. The latter pertains to prioritisation among well-being causes: what are the most pressing problems to work on and what are the best means of making progress on them?

The roles

We currently have 2.5 staff members and about a dozen active volunteer researchers. We are looking to expand our research team by hiring a Research Analyst and/or a Senior Research Analyst, depending on the quality of applications. The application process is the same for both positions.

In both roles, you will work closely with Dr. Michael Plant, HLI’s Founder-Director, to answer the questions on our Research Agenda. As a Senior Research Analyst, you will have greater autonomy in directing and executing your research. In both roles, you may also have the opportunity to work with and manage some of HLI’s volunteer researchers. Most of your time will be spent producing long-form reports addressing the research questions, with some time on shallower investigations. This may involve reviewing the literature, including academic papers and reports by think tanks and intergovernmental organisations, expert interviews, creative problem solving and/or quantitative modelling. Where appropriate, the results of your research may be submitted to academic journals for publication. The areas of research will be varied, using an interdisciplinary approach to address the wide-ranging agenda. We hope your expertise will complement that of Michael Plant, whose academic background is in philosophy.

Since HLI is in a growth-phase, you will have the opportunity to shape HLI as an organisation. We welcome innovative and strategic thinking about what HLI’s goals should be and how they can be best achieved. This means that your opportunity for impact will extend beyond the direct research that you will produce. The focus of your role may shift as HLI, in turn, develops.

What we need

You are passionate about helping others around the world. You have excellent analytical skills. You are comfortable working with quantitative frameworks and models. You have a strong understanding of social science research methodology. You can interpret and critique statistical analyses and appreciate the limitations of different experimental designs. You have exceptional communication skills, particularly in writing. You can express nuanced evidence and complex concepts in a clear, accessible way. You can work both autonomously and as a member of a team. You are willing to work hard and to focus your time on the top priorities. You are able to break down large challenges into manageable segments. You are excited to join a small, growing and agile organisation and you like learning new skills. You enjoy the prospect of varied work where your area of focus shifts over time.

What we want

You can work in Oxford, where Michael Plant is based. Flexible working, working in London or remote working may be possible. As a Research Analyst, you have a bachelor’s degree in economics, a social science or other quantitative subject such as statistics or mathematics. A graduate degree or research experience in a relevant field is a plus. As a Senior Research Analyst, in addition the previous point you have at least 3 years’ relevant work experience (which can include advanced degrees) and you are able to determine and execute your research priorities with minimal supervision.

What we offer

A job with high social impact The opportunity to shape the direction, goals, and achievement of HLI Experience working at an early stage organisation Intellectual challenge A flexible work schedule A competitive salary, dependent on experience

To apply ​ Visit: https://www.happierlivesinstitute.org/work-for-us.html Please email clare@happierlivesinstitute.org if you have any questions.

Further information

Unfortunately we are currently unable to sponsor work visas. If you do not have the right to work in the UK then this would necessarily be a remote position.

Time commitment: Full time

Applications due: 2019-11-17

  • Category Other
  • Created by Clare Donaldson
  • Submitted 06 Nov
  • Last updated 06 Nov