Research Leader: Innovation, Health and Science

RAND Europe

Reports to: Research Group Director

RAND Europe is a not-for-profit policy research organisation. Our mission is to help improve policy- and decision-making through evidence-based research and analysis. We realise our mission by undertaking objective, balanced and relevant research, sharing the insights and information widely, and working in partnership with a range of clients and collaborators.

We wish to recruit a Research Leader with excellent track records in health services, health systems or public health research and good understanding of health and healthcare challenges and priorities in the UK and Europe. The role will be based at RAND Europe’s Cambridge (England) office.

About RAND Europe

RAND Europe is a community interest company, and was established in 1992 as an independently chartered European unit of the U.S. policy research institution, the RAND Corporation. RAND Europe has offices in Brussels and Cambridge, and employs approximately 80 researchers: just over half of our research staff have doctorates with the balance holding other post-graduate degrees. Our work lies on the continuum between that of universities and consultancies, combining the academic rigour of universities and the professional, task orientated approach of consultancies. In addition to its strong ethos of evidence based research, RAND Europe is a values-driven organisation and our experience shows that our most successful researchers closely align their behaviours with our value set. RAND Europe has a long-standing collaboration with the University of Cambridge: the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research (CCHSR).

About the Research Leader post

We are looking for an inspirational Research Leader to support the Research Group Director of the Innovation, Health & Science (IHS) research group. He/she will be accountable for working with senior colleagues in supporting and motivating the IHS research group on a day-to-day basis, leading groups of talented researchers in winning and delivering research/consultancy tasks across a range of health and healthcare-related topics. The Research Leader will each be responsible for generating an annual fee income of £250K - £300K, leading bid and proposal/business development initiatives to support wider group objectives. This role is based in Cambridge, although there will be some requirement to travel and spend brief periods away visiting clients in the UK and at other European sites.

The role will be involved in developing a programme of research which will be wide-ranging and may include systematic and narrative reviews, intervention design and development, mixed-method evaluations, surveys, qualitative research with staff and patients, and analysis of routine health service data. The role will be actively involved in CCHSR’s research.

The Research Leader will be joining a multidisciplinary team of health and health care researchers in the IHS Group within RAND Europe. IHS team members have backgrounds in public health, health services research, health economics, innovation and technology, psychology, systems design and neuroscience. We collaborate widely with like-minded academic and other organisations across Europe, with RAND Health in the U.S. and we have and continue to build strong research partnerships with collaborators internationally.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A health or social science background with a demonstrable and strong track record of applying their research skills to policy problems. Relevant disciplines include health services research, public health, health economics, medical sociology, applied statistics and epidemiology. They will bring knowledge of health and/or healthcare, ideally in more than one setting.
  • A demonstrable track record of winning funding for research/consultancy, ideally through a combination of contract research projects and grant funding.
  • Excellent evidence of working as part of a team, motivating others and developing colleagues for career progression
  • An established network of contacts and partners across the health and healthcare sector with which RAND Europe will be able to develop collaborations and form teams to deliver first class research proposals and projects.

In addition they will have excellent analytical, writing and presentation skills (evidenced by examples) and the proven ability to communicate effectively with clients and to varied audiences. They will have strong project management experience, including experience of budget management.

The role will work in a strong team-based environment to conduct analysis relating to key areas of health services and policy in the UK, European and global settings. Funders of RAND Europe’s health and healthcare research include the National Institute for Health Research, Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England, the European Commission, the Health Foundation, the World Health Organisation and other funders including charities and industry.

This is an exciting opportunity working with the one of the world’s most respected public policy consultancies. It is ideally suited to a flexible and ambitious individual who is used to engaging with senior levels of government and wishes to make a real impact in health and healthcare policy working alongside a very talented team in a collegiate and meritocratic environment.

Key Responsibilities

Research Leadership

  • Taking forward RAND Europe’s successful research track record in its existing health and healthcare areas of specialism, developing and managing a portfolio of large, complex projects and expanding into new profitable avenues of work.
  • Providing thought leadership within specialist topics and on new ways of addressing research challenges (including different methods and techniques).
  • Mentoring research staff and facilitating development of others' project management and methodological skills.
  • Taking a leading role in ensuring that RAND Europe’s research has a positive impact within policy communities.

Business development

  • Contributing to delivery of research group target revenues and sales by securing funding for research and consultancy tasks, and supporting others in doing so.
  • Co-ordinating and managing a portfolio of business development initiatives including leading and supporting bid and proposal activity, often multi-partner proposals.
  • Consolidating and initiating networks and contacts with funders and collaborators. 

Group and other responsibilities

  • Working with other team members and the Group Director to develop the Innovation, Health and Science Group’s research and strategy.
  • As a senior member of the team, setting the collegiate tone and contributing to the development and profile of the wider organisation.
  • Leading on innovative ways to raise RAND Europe’s profiles and communicate research findings to maximise impact.
  • Other duties as required.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

Skills and Experience:

  • Proven track record developing and managing significant projects related to health and healthcare research in support of improved policymaking in the UK and the European Union.
  • Extensive experience building and leading multi-disciplinary teams, with research leadership experience preferred.
  • Demonstrable success in business development, including bid and proposal writing (preferably securing governmental and/or research funding).
  • Good knowledge of the NHS and/or comparable healthcare systems.
  • Good research and policy networks in the UK and Europe.
  • Evidence of sustaining effective working relationships with stakeholders in the public and/or private sector and an understanding of their pressures and drivers. Fluency in English is essential. Proficiency in one or more other languages would be an asset.
  • First class verbal and written communication skills with an ability to think and work accurately in high-pressure situations.
  • Intermediate Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills.


  • A credible academic track record to Masters Level (or possibly PhD level) in a related subject area, possibly supported by an MBA. Alternatively, demonstrable equivalent experience in a consulting or central government. A background in either the public, private or academic sector will be considered.

Knowledge and personal qualities:

  • Commercially astute, analytical thinker with the ability to see issues strategically and at a practical level from a variety of perspectives.
  • The gravitas, networking and sales presentation skills to build relationships at senior levels, facilitate joint decision making and develop an order book of business with potential funders and collaborators.
  • An inclusive, motivated leader and coach with the inspirational interpersonal skills to motivate a team, instil standards of excellence and develop people as appropriate for career progression.
  • Hands-on, team player with a strong commitment to rigorous research, customer service and the ability to project manage multiple tasks and work to tight deadlines. Willing to get his/her hands dirty when the situation demands.
  • Ambitious, results driven, self-starter with high energy levels who is comfortable working with ambiguity as well as process, and quick to spot a commercial opportunity.
  • Open minded, with the humility to recognise success in others and accept challenge from highly capable junior members of the team.


Benefits package

  • 8% employer contribution pension 
  • Bupa medical insurance
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Enhanced holiday allowance
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Permanent health insurance
  • Group life assurance
  • A friendly multinational work environment
  • Employee wellbeing initiatives – such as cycle to work schemes, fresh fruit and company bikes

How to apply

If you feel that you have the qualities to be a part of our team, please submit an application via RAND Europe’s online careers portal. Your application will consist of a CV, covering letter and a short writing sample (up to 3 pages, aimed at a non-technical audience). Please note, your CV, covering letter and writing sample must be submitted as a single document.

The closing for all applications is Monday 31 January 2018.