Applied Behavioural and Social Scientist
Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 29th January 2023
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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.)
You’ll 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.
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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.
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