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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 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 our dynamic city centre office base or 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 across our portfolio of projects including: research on the value of football for UEFA; research on social, economic and environmental impact of recreational sea angling for the UK and Welsh Governments (undertaken with Cefas); evaluating the Sport England GM Moving LDP; evaluating the Chances youth programme; researching the social impact of the Rugby League World Cup 2021; and assessing 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, preparing 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 Friday 24th June. Please address to Lauren Ford, Head of Operations.

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