Be our part-time researcher!

Intergenerational Foundation Co-Founder and CEO Liz Emerson sets out the details of the researcher role currently being advertised by the charity.

Join our team!

We are seeking a new researcher to provide part-time (2 to 3 days per week) contract work for the non-party-political charitable think tank, the Intergenerational Foundation.

Our office is in Herne Hill, London. The new researcher will join a small, friendly team that has been researching intergenerational unfairness for a decade in order to protect the interests of younger and future generations in government policymaking.  We particularly welcome post-graduate students or those embarking of PhDs.

More about us

We are vehemently independent and non-party-political. We undertake research and publish our findings to the media, policy-makers, academia, business, and wider society on a wide range of issues that impact younger and future generations: housing, taxation, pensions, government debt, wealth distribution, health, mental health, higher education and environmental degradation. We are funded by no-strings donations from trusts, foundations, individuals and corporates whose missions align with our own.

The head-office team is surrounded by a wider active supporter group of around 80 members who meet monthly to discuss the charity’s activity and provide strategic advice and volunteering.

About the role

You will use readily available government data sources in agreed research areas in order to analyse changes in intergenerational unfairness over time. These could include: housing, pensions, taxation, health, mental health, and the environment. You will have a good grasp of “R”, Excel, and other analytic tools within agreed research areas. 

About you

Internal Responsibilities: You will deliver research to include: research design, data collection and analysis, and output into newsworthy research reports. Key dimensions of the post:

  • Of most importance is a genuine interest in, and understanding of, intergenerational fairness issues in UK policy-making
  • Collate and keep up-to-date data on key themes relevant to the organisation’s area of work
  • Contribute to, and regularly update, the organisational spreadsheet of research topics, status, actions and next steps in agreed areas
  • Meet agreed research delivery dates and deadlines
  • Provide regular organisational briefings on key research areas within parliamentary groups, government departments and academic organisations
  • Identify new ideas and opportunities for new work, taking the lead on developing academic research proposals and contacts in agreed research areas
  • Contribute to the organisation’s responses to government consultations
  • Produce regular graphs/tables in “R” that can be used to tell visual stories and increase the profile of the organisation on social media platforms
  • Manage internship students working on research projects

External Responsibilities:

You will also have a public-facing proactive role in representing IF:

  • Act as an advocate for the organisation
  • Use influencing skills – to educate external audiences on the need for the organisation
  • Seek speaker opportunities/panel attendance at academic, parliamentary, governmental, and think tank/NGO events
  • Cite the organisation’s wider work/research reports whenever possible
  • Seek opportunities to network and raise the profile of IF

Your skills


  • A Bachelor’s degree in economics, maths, statistics, quantitative analysis
  • Strong analytical skills, including experience analysing large data sets in “R” and/or Excel
  • Experience with carrying out regression analysis is desirable
  • Ability to work under pressure within tight deadlines
  • Excellent written English and verbal communication skills
  • Interest in the Intergenerational Foundation’s values

Remuneration: A day rate of £175 will be paid depending on experience and availability. The applicant can change their working days during the week depending on other obligations and responsibilities.

How to apply:

Email your CV as a .pdf in the following format: firstname.secondname.CV.pdf together with a cover letter of no more than 1,000 words outlining:

1. What you understand “intergenerational fairness” in policymaking to mean

2. Why intergenerational fairness is important to you as a research area

3. Which policy area you believe you can contribute to and how

4. What resources you believe you can bring to the team – research methodologies/experience

Send your CV and cover letter to [email protected]. Please note that candidates need to have the legal right to work in the UK.

Application deadline: This is a rolling deadline. The post will be filled when we find the right person.