Join our Good Problems Team to identify pressing global problems and
design impactful funding programmes to solve them. 🌏
- 3-6 month contract, with the possibility to extend
- £28k - £40k pro rata
- Family-friendly and flexible working arrangements
- Great workspace, 5 minutes walk from Old Street Underground
Science Practice works with science and innovation funders to identify
pressing global challenges and design programmes to act on them. We have
designed over 40 innovation programmes including the £10M Longitude
our clients include Wellcome, the Humanitarian Innovation Fund and
We are a dedicated team of four with skills ranging from design and
research to social entrepreneurship, programming and radio. Our ambition
is to maximise the impact of existing resources by helping funders make
informed and transparent strategic decisions.
We work across a diverse range of domains, from mental health and urban
transport to nutrition and gender-based violence (GBV). Right now,
we’re scoping opportunities for public engagement in biomedical and
health science and designing a series of innovation challenges for the
humanitarian water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector.
We are looking for someone with diverse research experience to support
us with the development and design of innovation funding programmes in
the humanitarian space. Recent similar projects include the development
of the Menstrual Hygiene Management
the WASH Evidence
the Humanitarian Innovation Fund.
We are open to interviewing both early-career and experienced
researchers with a diverse range of research experience including, but
not limited to, exploratory research, action research, policy-oriented
research or human-centred research.
We are looking for someone available to start in January 2020.
The role will involve:
- Conducting desk research and interviews with diverse stakeholders to
better understand problems in humanitarian WASH and GBV sectors.
This will involve identifying key materials on the topics,
understanding the underlying causes of the problems, seeing who is
impacted and to what extent, and finding out who is working on
solutions and what are their limitations.
- Synthesising research insights into compelling and engaging
materials for senior decision-makers to support the prioritisation
- Developing strategic recommendations for funders on how to respond
to the identified problems.
- Co-designing innovation programmes (eg, funding programmes, prizes,
accelerators) to address the identified problems. Testing the
proposed programmes through interviews and workshops.
- Facilitating workshops to gather feedback on priority problems or
We’re looking for someone who:
- Has excellent research skills and enjoys exploring new topics
through a range of research methods including desk research and
interviewing diverse actors such as academics, policy-makers,
representatives from NGOs, industry, and civil society.
- Writes well and communicates complex subject matter in simple,
- Has a good understanding of the humanitarian sector, as well as its
key challenges and actors (this understanding can be gained through
either academic and/or work experience).
- Cares about pressing global problems and is motivated by the
opportunity to play an active part in addressing them.
- Can rapidly gain an understanding of new topics in unfamiliar
domains and make judgements based on complex evidence.
- Is excited about engaging with domain experts, other organisations
and the general public through talks, workshops, events and social
- Is familiar with or has experience of working in the innovation
Right to work
In order to apply for this job, you should have the right to work in
What we are offering
- A competitive salary and matched pension contributions.
- Family-friendly and flexible working arrangements.
- The opportunity to grow your skills and professional interests as
part of a curious, supportive and dedicated team.
- Weekly team catch-ups on Mondays to plan the week and on Fridays to
- Quarterly sessions to set team and personal goals.
- A smooth work setup built on Slack, Google Drive and Airtable.
- We share our studio with our sister company, Ctrl
develop digital health products and Eclipse
a human-centred design agency. We often run show’n’tells to share
- A desk full of Swiss Cheese plants and a cupboard full of snacks. 🍏
How to apply
We value diversity at our company. This is core to our work as
developing a robust understanding of problems requires a diversity of
thought, experience and perspectives. We welcome applications from
people of all backgrounds and ages.
To apply, please submit your details via
The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday, 13th January 2020.
We will be in touch to arrange a convenient time for an interview by
Wednesday, 15th January 2020.
We will start interviewing eligible applicants the w/c 13 January 2020.
We look forward to hearing from you! 🙌
No agencies, please.