Research Analyst and Senior Research Analyst
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
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?
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.
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