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Researcher with the Quality of Life Foundation- (a 4-day-week organisation)

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QoLF · 09/05/2023 10:05

Contract: Temporary full time on a six month contract from approx. July to December 2023 with the potential for moving to a permanent position beyond this.

We are a 4-day / 32-hour week organisation based in London with flexible working practices.

Remuneration: £25,000-£32,000 pa depending on experience.

We are looking for a highly motivated researcher with demonstrable experience to join our team. The ideal candidate will have a passion for research and a strong interest in the built environment and its impact on people's health and wellbeing. The successful candidate will be responsible for carrying out high-quality research, analysing data and contributing to the development of evidence-based recommendations.

The Quality of Life Foundation

The Quality of Life Foundation is a charity that helps local communities, professionals and policy makers to plan, design, create and care for homes and neighbourhoods in ways that will benefit people’s health and wellbeing in the long term.

We carry out independent research, engage communities, share evidence and support organisations to implement best practice in their work. We do this because having a decent, affordable home in a safe, well-designed neighbourhood is the foundation of a happy, healthy life.

We are a small but influential organisation and are looking to grow over the coming years. 

The Role

Reporting to, and working with, our Senior Researcher, your key responsibilities will be to:

Conduct research on a variety of topics that bridge the gap between health and wellbeing and the built environment.

Analyse data using both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Identify relevant academic research and policy documents, and synthesise information from these sources.

Write research reports, briefings and other materials for a variety of audiences, including policy-makers, clients and the general public.

Present research findings to internal and external stakeholders.

Contribute to the development of evidence-based recommendations to clients and  policy-makers.

Collaborate and effectively communicate with other members of the research team, as well as with external research partners, clients and stakeholders.

Support the delivery of research projects, including monitoring the progress of fieldwork, overseeing project deliverables and ensuring outputs are delivered to time and budget.

Work with the broader team to update the evidence base that underpins the argument for a health and wellbeing approach to the built environment.

Based on the evidence, support the ongoing review of our Quality of Life Framework.


You will have the following skills and experience:


A degree in a relevant field. Preference will be given to those who have a background in humanities, health, policy or economics.

Experience in designing and carrying out research projects from proposal through to delivery, using both quantitative and qualitative research methods to develop questionnaires and fieldwork materials.

Experience in understanding, analysing and synthesising data from a variety of sources. Proficiency in Excel and SPSS or other packages.

Experience in writing clear and concise research reports and other materials, including the ability to present to a variety of audiences.

Held previous roles requiring organisational skills, including the ability to prioritise and manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.

Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team of up to 10 people.


A specialism in one or more of the following areas of research: geospatial, engagement and social value.

Knowledge of, and interest in, current research and policy debates related to the built environment and its impact on health and wellbeing.

Experience working with communities and stakeholders, and a commitment to participatory research approaches.

Knowledge of, and interest in, community engagement.

How to Apply

If you are passionate about research and its potential to create positive change in people's lives, we encourage you to apply.

Please submit your CV and a covering letter outlining your relevant experience and why you are interested in this position to [email protected] using the subject Researcher Application.

The deadline for applicants is the 12th June 2023. Interviews will be held virtually in the week commencing the 19th June throughout the working day and early/late slots available.

We are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion and welcome applications from all backgrounds.

Researcher with the Quality of Life Foundation- (a 4-day-week organisation)
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