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Substance Is Recruiting! Researcher

We are looking for a Researcher to join our growing team this year.


Do you want to work on a major new research project for Sport England? Do you want to work with organisations such as UEFA, DEFRA, Children in Need and the Rugby League World Cup? Do you want to deliver high quality quantitative and qualitative research that has real impact? If so, Substance has a full time, permanent Researcher position available. Great salary, great benefits, working from home anywhere in the UK. Read on.

About Substance

Substance is a research and technology company that works with charities, government, sports organisations, and businesses, with a particular focus on the role of sport, physical activity and outdoor recreation in driving social impact.

Our core team is made up of highly experienced social researchers, technologists and programme managers, each with their own specialisms. What we share is an ambition to make organisations that do good have a greater impact.

About the Role

We are looking for an individual with a degree or similar experience in social sciences or similar discipline who is highly motivated to deliver impactful applied research. The successful candidate must have experience of working within a research department or organisation, and ideally have knowledge of social impact and the sport, youth and/or recreation sectors.

The core purpose of the Researcher position is to undertake quantitative and qualitative research work as part of the research team at Substance.

This will involve working on an exciting variety of projects of national importance. A key part of the role will be working on the Sport England Club Matters evaluation that Substance is undertaking for Sport England from 2022-25. This will involve primary and secondary quantitative research and data analysis, qualitative research and analysis, case studies and regular reporting. A knowledge of Sport England’s work and strategy, club and community organisation development and the wider sport and social impact agenda will be an advantage.

However, the role will also involve research work across our portfolio of projects including research on: the value of football and volunteering for UEFA; the social, economic and environmental impact of recreational sea angling for Defra and Welsh Government (undertaken with Cefas); the Sport England GM Moving LDP; the Chances youth Social Impact Bond programme; the social impact of the Rugby League World Cup 2021; the BBC Children in Need Curiosity informal science learning programme. You will be involved in research, administration and analysis of these major research projects.

Activities will include literature and documentary reviews, recruitment and engagement of research participants and survey respondents, delivery of surveys, conducting interviews, focus groups, workshops and other digital qualitative research, analysis and summary reporting.

Remuneration package

£20,000 – £25,000 basic package depending on experience plus 25 days annual leave per year, working from home flexibility, key lifestyle benefits, pension scheme and regular social events.

Application Process

Please send:

  • A covering letter, outlining why you want the position and your current position.
  • A CV.
  • A completed Application Form showing specifically how your experience and skills meet the competencies outlined in the job specification.

These should be submitted via  no later than 5pm on Wednesday 9th March. Please address to Lauren Ford, Head of Operations.

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