Researcher London, England

Open Data Institute
Full Time London, England 33854 - 37616 GBP ANNUAL Today
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Location: Kings Cross, London (Hybrid)

Salary: £33,854 - £37,616 per annum depending on experience, plus benefits

Grade: 6 (May be able to offer a senior role (Grade 5) £43,013 - £47,792 depending on experience)

Contract: Fixed Term Contract until 31 March 2024 (Full or part time) with possibility of extension, renewal or switch to full time.

Closing Date:
13th October 2023

About the role

Drawing from multiple disciplines, ODI research creates knowledge, methods, and approaches to build open and trustworthy data ecosystems. Research projects at the ODI range from theoretical to applied, involve a range of sectors and stakeholders, are mindful of diversity, equity and inclusion considerations, and deliver tangible impact. Research outputs support the communication of insights, best practices, and recommendations as part of our policy and advisory work, and inform new tools, courses, and services.

Research at the ODI follows established and emerging research methods from computer science, data science, economics, and social and political sciences and is aligned with our research integrity practices. As a member of the team you will contribute to this community of practice.

Typical research outputs the role would lead on and contribute to include, depending on the type of project: technical reports, landscape reviews, blog posts, literature reviews, academic articles, slide decks, visualisations, datasets, code.

<h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:23pt;margin-bottom:8pt;">Key responsibilities:</h3>
  • Conduct and manage research activities within projects on a variety of topics in tight timeframes.

  • Design and conduct desk reviews, systematic literature reviews, stakeholder mapping, surveys and interviews on areas related to data, AI and technology, drawing on wider theoretical frameworks.

  • Apply qualitative and quantitative methods to analyse research questions in different areas and derive insights.

  • Coordinate with external partners, collaborators and clients in scoping and delivering work.

  • Support business development and fundraising activities in your area to ensure continuity of research.

  • Communicate research findings to a wide range of audiences through high quality written reports, blog posts, peer-reviewed publications, presentations and workshops to ensure they have high impact.

  • Work with the wider ODI team to define and shape the ODI’s research agenda, topics and policy positions.

  • Support others in the ODI to strengthen their skills and knowledge in research.

<h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:23pt;margin-bottom:8pt;">As a member of the ODI team, your responsibilities also include:</h3>
  • Reflecting and developing ODI's values and culture in the way you work.

  • Taking time for continuous professional development, coaching and mentoring, both individually and as a team.

<h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:23pt;margin-bottom:8pt;">Key skills and competencies </h3>

As a researcher, you are expected to meet the following level of competency:

  • Proficiency in research scoping and planning, choosing and justification of research methods, and research synthesis and communication.

  • Proficiency in execution of qualitative, quantitative and mixed research.

  • An understanding of research impact, research integrity and open science/ FAIR principles.

  • An understanding and practical experience in applying rigorous research evaluation methods for qualitative and quantitative research.

  • Proficient understanding of privacy/ GDPR implications, especially for research practice.

  • Substantial knowledge of how data is published, accessed, shared, and analysed, ideally with experience working on projects about data access, open data, and how they impact and are impacted by technology.

  • Being comfortable communicating research results to clients in areas such as the impact of the collection, use, and sharing of data on organisations and society.

  • Knowledge of how to use research findings to inform decisions in projects, policy and/or business environments

  • Organised and with attention to detail.

Desirable experience

  • Experience in and knowledge of current debates in the data and/or open culture movements, ideally including the collection, processing and use of data by AI systems.

  • Some experience in computer programming e.g. Python, R, or alternatively proficiency in using low- and no-code digital tools for data analysis for text, tabular, and graph data.

  • Experience of working with multiple projects and teams in an agile environment.

  • Familiarity with economic analysis and/or systems thinking.

  • Experience of working in the public sector and/or with SMEs and start-ups.

  • Experience in public speaking; able to speak fluently to multiple audiences

  • Ability to multi-task and move quickly between projects through effective prioritisation.

  • Developed people skills and a positive attitude to working with non-research specialists and appreciation of the contribution others can make.

About us

The Open Data Institute is an independent, non-profit company founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt in 2012. We connect, equip and inspire people around the world to innovate with data. We produce products and services for customers that span across many sectors and countries supporting all data activities. More details can be found on our website:

About the ODI team


We ask questions, we are interested in our world and in those we work with and the opportunities and risks we encounter together; we challenge assumptions and the status quo so that we continuously learn, improve and grow, enabling all our partners to do the same.


We strive to be creative in our approach, culture and outcomes so that everything we do delivers unique value and is inspiring.


We seek to bring together the best people, organisations and ideas to contribute positively to everything we do together and the world we aim to be a part of – a world where we bring the best of collective working to provide skills and insights to achieve positive, sustainable impact.


  • 5% employer contributory pension
  • 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Life assurance cover
  • Long term disability cover
  • Critical illness cover
  • £750 annual professional development budget
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Flexible working
  • Season ticket loan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Monthly team building and social events

Applying to work with us

The ODI welcomes and encourages job applications from a diverse range of backgrounds to promote an inclusive culture and a diverse working environment.

If you’ve got any queries, please email [email protected]

Please read: OR Please read: Your privacy: ODI recruitment process

<h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;background-color:#ffffff;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">We are now recognised as a Disability Confident Committed employer (Level 2)</h2>

This is a government-supported scheme that supports organisations like ours to make the most of the talents that people with disabilities can bring to our workplace. The scheme

helps us recruit and retain great people; draw from the widest possible pool of talent; secure high-quality employees who are skilled, loyal and hardworking; and improve employee morale and commitment by demonstrating that we treat all of our people fairly.

Open Data Institute
London, United Kingdom
Unknown / Non-Applicable
51 to 200 Employees
Non-profit Organisation
Information Technology Support Services
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