Non-academic researcher post

You may have read a recent(ish!) post that I wrote about the use of research skills in non-academic roles. Another one appeared on just today, and it may be of interest to anyone who wants to continue in research, but is also looking to go outside of academia.

Research policy and data analyst (Thomson Reuters – Evidence Division)

Salary: £30,000 – £35,000, plus benefits (Healthcare, Dental, and Pension etc.)

Evidence is a knowledge-based division of Thomson Reuters Healthcare and Science.  It specializes in data analysis, reports and consultancy focusing on the international research base.  Evidence comprises a team dedicated to furthering the novel use of research indicators in informing and supporting organisational research management and national and international science policy.

Based in Leeds in the UK, the core business of Evidence is in:

  • Analysing and benchmarking research performance from the level of individuals through to organisational units within institutions, whole institutions and entire countries
  • Analysing data to support decision-making processes in research-based organisations
  • Reporting on comparative research performance and producing informative reports on research policy
  • Enabling strategic partners to make the most effective use of Thomson Reuters data to carry out similar analyses and reports within their jurisdiction
  • Providing thought-leadership in the innovative and applied use of research data

The purpose of this role is to provide analysis and interpretation of data on research funding, activity, training and outcomes in a policy and management context, and to present the findings of this to clients in concise, clearly-worded reports.  The role will also involve contributing to the development of new products (primarily web- and paper-based reports).  The job holder is expected to manage their time appropriately to meet current objectives.

The customer base has been predominantly Europe-based, but is expected to be worldwide as our business continues to expand.  For consultancy projects, communication with the client is crucial at every stage from report specification to delivery.  Through working with the client we develop their understanding of our services, and develop our understanding of their needs.

Internal interfaces are primarily with team members in the Leeds office and also with colleagues in Philadelphia and Singapore.  Good communication and a willingness to share expertise are critical to ensure common standards and approaches.


  • Works with others to design and produce reports that are timely, useful, usable and which meet the clients’ needs
  • Writes clearly and concisely to create literature reviews, product documentation and marketing material
  • Understands the principles of good-practice in the visual display of information
  • Co-operates with team members to ensure that systems are well-documented and best practice is shared
  • Shares expertise and innovative methods with colleagues
  • Uses MS Excel to analyse and present data
  • Uses databases to store and retrieve data
  • Validates data, assessing their accuracy and fitness for purpose

Skills / Experience:

  • Good spoken and written language skills
  • Experience in producing web-based reports
  • Experience in producing and delivering MS PowerPoint presentations.
  • Familiarity with research policy gained through experience as a researcher or research administrator
  • An understanding of data validation and interpretation
  • Proficient in MS Excel
  • Proficient in building and querying databases
  • Communicated with clients and colleagues around methodological issues.
  • Delivered accurate reports to tight deadlines.
  • Data experience and reasonable competence in one or more relevant software packages.


  • Educated to degree level preferably with a relevant postgraduate qualification or with relevant experience in research policy or administration

Closing deadline for applications is Friday 17th September.

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