Researcher – Research & Development Programme

The Open Data Institute is looking for an experienced Researcher to help deliver an exciting new programme of work.

Researcher – Research & Development Programme

Location: Shoreditch, London

Salary: Up to £35,000 per annum (dependent on experience) plus benefits

Fixed Term Contract until March 2020

The Open Data Institute is looking for an experienced Researcher to help deliver an exciting new programme of work.

About the ODI

The Open Data Institute (ODI) was co-founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, renowned AI professor. Our vision is for people, organisations and communities to use data to make better decisions and be protected from the harmful impacts of its inappropriate use and distribution.

The ODI works with governments, NGOs and commercial enterprises all over the world. We deliver advisory, training and research and development services, encompassing public policy, business strategy and technology. Our programme of work is busy and constantly changing. We are committed to producing work at a very high standard and delivering measurable value to our partners and clients.

About the role

The ODI is delivering an innovation programme, focussing on projects that it believes will progress strategically important areas: building data infrastructure, improving data literacy, stimulating data innovation and building trust in the use of data.

We are looking to appoint a Researcher with research experience in a range of issues associated with economics, in support of this programme. This role will involve understanding micro and macro economic landscapes and synthesising information in a clear, engaging and factual manner. The research undertaken in this role will inform ODI’s understanding, lead to new knowledge and the development of tools and services, and support the assessment of the benefits of our work. Experience of working within an emerging technology and regulatory environment is desirable.

Key Responsibilities

As part of the Innovation Programme, and reporting to the Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, you will:

  • Design, conduct and manage applied public policy and and commercial research projects on a variety of topics in tight timeframes.
  • Design and conduct desk research, analysis, data collections, surveys and interviews on areas related to data and technology.
  • Coordinate with external partners, collaborators and clients in scoping and delivering work.
  • Communicate research findings to a wide range of audiences through high quality written reports, presentations and workshops to ensure they have high impact.
  • Manage research projects, or research components within projects, including managing stakeholders relationships, funder reporting and support to budget processes.
  • Work with leadership and wider ODI team to define and shape the ODI’s research agenda, topics and policy positions.
  • Support others in ODI to strengthen their skills and knowledge in economics and research.

About you

You will have the following skills and experience:


  • Strong experience in a research role.
  • An understanding of research design, for example how to select appropriate research methods, understanding if or when and where to use sampling methods
  • Experience with quantitative research methods, including quantifying qualitative information and comfortable with metrics
  • Familiarity with economic analysis
  • Ability to use, understand and synthesise quantitative data and to combine them with qualitative research.
  • Broad experience of qualitative research methods.
  • Comfortable planning, scoping, conducting, analysing and communicating research.
  • Comfortable conducting research on issues around the application of data and technology, such as in AI, smart contracts, anonymisation, or approaches to security or identity.
  • Comfortable working with applying a range of economic theory, techniques and analytical approaches.
  • Comfortable with different economic modelling techniques such as agent based modelling.
  • Data handling, quality control and data management skills
  • A storyteller and communicator, able to speak fluently to businesses, designers, engineers and other stakeholders (in English), through writing, presentations or other means.
  • Enjoys collaborative working, flexible structures and an open office environment.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to short deadlines.
  • Ability to multi-task and move quickly between projects through effective prioritisation.
  • Strong people skills and a positive attitude to working with non research specialists and appreciation of the contribution others can make.
  • Organised and with attention to detail.
  • Interested in the mission and goals of ODI.


  • Experience of working within an emerging technology and regulatory environment
  • Knowledge of current debates in data and/or the open movement
  • Experience of using of software analytical tools such as R, Stata or Nvivo, QGIS or Carto
  • Experience of using of methods and tools such as network analysis, data visualisations, text analysis, natural language analysis or geospatial analysis
  • Familiarity with systems thinking
  • Some understanding of privacy/GDPR implications for research practice
  • Use of research findings to inform decisions in projects and policy
  • A degree in Economics

About the ODI team


We are good at what we do. We use our expertise to achieve our mission. We are open and generous with our expertise and experience, and share it outside and inside ODI.

We can get better at what we do. We recognise the limits of our expertise and respect that of others. We are open to and seek advice, opinions and support to develop our expertise, within and outside ODI. We reflect on what works and what doesn’t to consciously learn, improve and grow.


We succeed when others flourish. We support and challenge others to do their best work. We open up opportunities for other people and organisations, and empower them to take them. We are as open as possible about what we are doing and what we have learnt. We encourage others to refine and build on our work.

We empathise with others so we can help them. We find out what people and organisations really need. We have empathy with their motivations and the constraints they operate under. We communicate in terms they understand.


We are trusted because we are honest and responsible. We are open with our opinion, open to hearing what others say, open to being wrong and open to changing our mind. We are not afraid to speak our mind when it is useful or important, and take responsibility for the results of doing so. We actively and curiously listen to others, and take responsibility for our responses to them.

We can do more than we might think. We are bold, creative and open to failure. We know what we do won’t be perfect at first but that doesn’t stop us. We start small and quickly, and iterate to improve.


  • 3% contributory pension
  • 30 days’ annual holiday
  • Life Assurance cover
  • Long-term disability cover
  • Critical illness cover
  • Flexible working
  • Coaching and mentoring for skills and personal development
  • £750 annual training budget toward your own professional development

How to apply

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you would be a suitable candidate to [email protected] by 5pm on 3 August 2018.