Senior Researcher

Closing date

6th March


Hybrid (Remote/London)

Job Type

Full Time


£41,000 - £45,000

About us

The Runnymede Trust is the UK’s leading race equality think tank. We generate research to challenge racial inequality in Britain.

For more than 50 years, we have worked tirelessly to build a Britain in which we all belong. Proudly independent, we speak truth to power on race and racism without fear or favour. We are not swayed by political agenda, profit or popular opinion. We are authentic, led by an ethnically diverse team we draw from our lived experience and that of our wide and inclusive community and partnership networks.

We are on an exciting journey in both scale and impact, developing a growing portfolio of projects across a range of thematic areas and using a wide range of research methodologies to generate rich and robust insights.

The role

This is a key role with the potential to help shape the UK’s research and policy narratives on race and inequalities with one of the country’s leading think tanks on race and social justice.

The Senior Researcher will support the strategic development and delivery of Runnymede’s research programme, taking ownership of research projects from inception to completion, leading and collaborating with internal research and policy colleagues, and developing impactful external research partnerships.

You will have responsibility for ensuring our research is rigorous and of stellar quality, and ensure wider project efforts are coordinated, budgeted, and delivered to deadlines. 

Who we are looking for

We are looking for an experienced researcher with experience of leading mixed methods research projects across our various thematic areas, ideally with experience outside of academia in applied research. You will have experience of working with racially minoritised communities with understanding of intersectionality and positionality when engaging with diverse communities. We value lived experience of the issues we examine including the intersection of race and class.

We have an ambition to deliver more quantitative research projects, so the ideal candidate will specialise in quantitative research design and analysis and have a strong understanding of official statistics and data analysis. You will support colleagues developing their quantitative research skills and be able to integrate data into mixed methods research projects so as to strengthen research outputs.


Along with a competitive salary and an opportunity to work alongside an inspiring team of thought-leaders and changemakers, we offer the following benefits:

  • 33 days annual leave (including flexibility to take bank holidays when best suits you)
  • Extra annual leave for volunteering and/or study 
  • Flexible working and hybrid/home working
  • Enhanced parenthood policies
  • Contributory pension
  • Investment and support with training, professional growth and development

How to apply

To apply please follow this link.

This will take you to our online recruitment platform, BeApplied, which is a platform that aims to facilitate an unbiased and inclusive hiring process.

On BeApplied you will be asked to upload your CV and answer some skill-based application questions instead of a traditional covering letter.

Runnymede Trust is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are  under-represented in research and policy making and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA; people who have a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class now or in the past.

We are also aware that many highly capable prospective candidates nonetheless rule themselves out of work in research and policy because they underestimate their own ability to do the role. With this in mind, we strongly encourage applications from anyone who is prepared to learn and grow on the job and would like to stress that past experience of working in think tanks is not required.

We recognise that people have commitments and responsibilities outside of work, therefore Runnymede supports flexible working. We are also open to suggestions of job shares.

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