Economic and Social Research Council

If you enjoy bringing people together and shaping the future, a career with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is well worth exploring.

Collaboration is at the heart of what we do - enabling high quality research on economic and social issues. Whatever your background - be it academic, administrative, computing, logistics etc… - there are many stimulating roles available to you at ESRC.

Established by Royal Charter in 1965, ESRC is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. Around 100 people are based at our Polaris House HQ in Swindon, a vibrant, friendly place to work.

Working for ESRC, you'd support and be part of a network of 4000 researchers and postgraduate students in universities and independent institutes across the country. The work you'd do would benefit society, the economy and help shape the future.

Here are just a few of our up-and-running projects:

  • Researching dementia, focusing on policies, finding cures and making early diagnoses.
  • Studying the skills needed by the UK's future workforce.
  • Examining mass emergency behaviour.
  • Developing a phone-app health programme.

ESRC can offer you a job full of variety. Any one day you may be working with members of the public, academics, charity workers, business leaders and academics. By encouraging collaboration, you'd bring people together and make valuable research happen.

We support independent, high quality research which has an impact. At any one time we support more than 4000 researchers and postgraduate students across universities and institutes.

Wherever you've come from, ESRC has a wealth of opportunities for you. Social scientists, students, administrators, accountants and support staff pick up an array of skills that equip them for life. As an employee you'd benefit from flexible hours, tailored training and development, and many other perks.

If you'd like a rewarding role that makes a difference now and in the future, there's a lot more for you to discover with ESRC.

Economic and Social Research Council Website

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