Applied Behavioural and Social Scientist


Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 29th January 2023



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£37,639 - £55,873

Job grade

Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Type of role


Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time, Compressed Hours

Number of jobs available



London (region)

Job summary

At MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, we have a clear purpose Ė to protect the UK and our way of life. To do this, our people need to have the necessary integrity and resilience to work on some of the UKís most sensitive projects. Our dedicated team is expanding, and youíll be part of an energised community which is highly valued by the agencies. As an Applied Behavioural and Social Scientist, youíll deliver advice, training and research in support of the UKís national security requirements.We safeguard Britainís people, interests and businesses from threats at home, overseas and online, including cyber-attacks, espionage, terrorism and organised crime. And within this critical role, youíll have the opportunity to apply your expertise to a mixture of unique short and long-term challenges in innovative ways, having direct impact on our mission.

Job description

As part of an established, dynamic team, youíll assist intelligence operations and corporate objectives by conducting and commissioning high quality research projects and delivering behavioural science-based training. †Youíll get the chance to spearhead specific areas of behavioural and/or social science engagement within our organisations and work with partners in academia and across government to shape how the UK identifies and responds to some of its most pressing security concerns. And with the right experience, you may even be offered line management opportunities within your field of expertise.

Person specification

You will have a post graduate degree from one of a broad range of behavioural and social science disciplines*, as well as experience of working in an applied, research or professional training delivery setting. †

For example, you may have been applying your behavioural or social science expertise to advise private and/or public sector customers on how to achieve evidence-based behaviour change via effective messaging campaigns. Alternatively, you may have been working in an academic role developing high quality, impactful and applied behavioural or social science research. Or maybe you have been responsible for delivering bespoke training to a range of customers interested in applying behavioural or social science thinking within their organisation.

Whatever your behavioural and social science background, you will enjoy applying theories, findings and research methods to real-world challenges and explaining their relevance to a range of different customers within our intelligence communities. †

You will enjoy working as part of a team, engaging with a varied customer base and holding responsibility to develop and shape your own role in the organisation. You will be passionate about the pursuit of ethical working, scientific excellence and professional standards and will enjoy testing these principles in a dynamic workplace. Your communication skills will help you build relationships and identify opportunities to test new mechanisms and processes to solve complex and shifting challenges, communicating them to both experts and non-specialists.†

†(*For example, but not limited to, branches of: Social Anthropology, Sociology, Cognitive Science, Psychology, Behavioural Economics, Behavioural Analytics, Cyber Psychology, Political Science, Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology etc.)

Youíll receive a starting salary of £37,639 - £55,873 (depending on skills and experience) plus other benefits including:†

  • 25 days annual leave automatically rising to 30 days after 5 years' service, and an additional 10.5 days public and privilege holidays
  • Financial support for learning and development
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • Excellent pension scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Paid parental and adoption leave

Selection process details

Our recruitment process is fair, transparent, and based on merit. Here is a brief overview of each stage, in order:

  • Initial application
  • Full application
  • Application sift, looking at your motivation for the role and the organisation
  • Assessment centre, including a presentation and technical and competency-based interview
  • If successful you will receive a conditional offer of employment, subject to vetting
  • Please note, you must successfully pass each stage of the process to progress to the next. Your application may take around 6 - 9 months to process, including vetting, so we advise you continue any current employment until you have received your final job offer.

At MI5 diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission. To protect the UK, we need a truly diverse workforce that reflects the society we serve. This includes diversity in every sense of the word: those with different backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodivergent conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are under-represented in our workforce such as women, those from an ethnic minority background, people with disabilities and those from low socio-economic backgrounds.

Find out more about our culture, working environment and diversity on our website:

To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen.†If you hold dual nationality, of which one component is British, you will nonetheless be considered. Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for seven out of the last ten years. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK. You can apply at the age of 17 years, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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