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Theos researches and investigates the intersection of religion, politics and society in the contemporary world.
Head of Research
5 days per week
Theos offices, Westminster
£39–45k plus flexible benefits
Theos is a Christian think tank, located in Westminster, London. We seek to inform the debate about the positive role of Christianity and religion in society, challenging ill–informed thinking through our research, events and media comment.
We’re looking for a Head of Research to plan and manage our research programme, and contribute to the shape of Theos’ strategy as part of the senior leadership team.
You’ll manage a team of researchers, keep abreast of the public debate and interest in how a Christian perspective can contribute to it, initiate and sustain relationships of trust and respect with influencers, commission and edit reports, and update funders on the progress and impact of research projects. You’ll also write pieces to interpret and disseminate research as well as represent Theos at conferences, debates, events and committees.
You will be interested in this role because you have a developed understanding of public debate and public theology within that debate – with a wide–ranging intellectual curiosity and engagement in following relevant thinkers and trends.
You’ll have – or be close to completing – a Masters level or higher–level degree in an area such as politics, religious studies, sociology or theology. As well as experience of research strategy, you’ll have experience of delivering research output as well as networking. You’ll also have experience of motivating, supporting and developing a team.
The role is envisaged as full time and office based but we are open to conversations about flexible working/part time.
To apply, provide your CV and a covering letter of up to 500 words that sets out your motivation and relevant experience, including your commitment to the contribution Christianity can make to flourishing societies. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: Sunday 1st July 2018
Interview date: Thursday 12th July 2018, with second interviews, if required, on 24 July 2018
37.5 Hours Per Week
London Living Wage
Theos offers 6 month long, full time, paid internships for a Research Assistant, based at our Westminster offices. Research Assistants help the Theos team with current research projects – writing, editing and analysing data, sometimes carrying out interviews, – and managing our social media output.
Research Assistants should have a relevant undergraduate degree and be able to demonstrate research experience (preferably both primary and secondary, including field work).
All applicants must have legal rights to work in the UK before they apply for the role. Please do not apply if you do not already have full legal rights to work here. Theos cannot offer sponsorship or any support for obtaining visas. Please note that we are also unable to provide accommodation or cover travel expenses. It is the responsibility of the Research Assistant to find and fund these.
We are not currently accepting applications. When we next open applications we will announce this here and on social media and in our newsletter.
We receive hundreds of applications every year and keep all CVs on file, but we cannot respond individually unless you have been shortlisted.
What do past Research Assistants say?
‘Working at Theos has been formative, and the experience will go with me for the rest of my life. The work is subtle and stimulating and the team is incredibly talented and person–focused. The opportunity to support and contribute to Theos’ output – and work in such a team – is invaluable for anyone looking to experience the intersection of public discourse, journalism, and academia. I thoroughly recommend applying, and in any way developing a relationship with this fantastic organisation.’
‘Learning on the ground, discussing issues, meeting Theos connections, gaining exposure to ideas and issues I’d never considered – the experience gave language and reasoned perspectives to my intuitive feelings about the place of faith in society.’
‘I liked how helpful and supportive the team were in helping me get the most out of my internship. It helped me see how many different ways practical elements of Christian theology are being applied in wider society and made me aware of lots of great initiatives.’
‘The chance to write has been excellent. The internship is a good introduction to office life in a pleasant and supportive atmosphere.’
‘The responsibility given and autonomous ‘owning’ of projects/pieces is encouraged. This is really something that sets Theos apart from other organisations. I especially appreciated the convivial, ‘open’ feel to the office, where conversations can be had and ideas discussed freely across desks. I’ve come to respect hugely the open–mindedness and balance with which Theos approaches highly contentious topics, ideas and news.’
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