Research Assistant (Fixed-term 12 month contract)

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About us

The Diffley Partnership offers a full range of social and market research services, giving clients the high quality and robust research needed to make important decisions; form large-scale surveys to focus group discussions about local issues.

We bring research to life and make sure it can lead to genuine change. We also cut through complex and thorny issues to help understand where the public stands on a wide range of issues, providing thoughtful analysis.

Since the company was founded in 2017 by Mark Diffley, former Director of Ipsos MORI Scotland, we have completed nearly 200 research and consultancy projects for a range of public, private and third sector organisations in Scotland and beyond.

You will join our growing team of talented and passionate researchers and bring your own set of skills to provide valuable insight to our projects which will in turn inform the decision-making of our clients.

The Role

We are seeking a new Research Assistant to join our team for a fixed term of 12 months, a motivated individual with a passion for research and insight who wants to gain real life experience in a busy and friendly environment.

You will support our team of researchers in all aspects of studies and develop and hone your own research skills on a wide variety of projects.

We are currently working at home due to Covid-19 restrictions though our intention is to return to our office in the West End of Edinburgh in due course. Whether working at home or in an office we provide a supportive, friendly and professional environment.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with the delivery quantitative and qualitative research studies,
  • Assisting in the writing of research reports and proposal submissions,
  • Attending client meetings in relation to specific studies,
  • Undertaking quantitative and qualitative data analysis,
  • Assisting in work on data visualisation and presenting data in clear, user-friendly and understandable formats,
  • Supporting the research and administration activities associated with individual studies,

About you

  • Highly motivated to develop,
  • Excellent problem-solving skills,
  • Highly analytical and numerate,
  • Excellent organisational skills,
  • Effective verbal and written communicator,
  • Tenacious and logical approach to information gathering and analysis
  • Able to work to tight deadlines
  • Able to work effectively in a team but likewise be proactive and able to work on own initiative,
  • Knowledge and appreciation of quantitative and qualitative research methods,


  • Competitive salary,
  • Flexible working arrangements,
  • A range of range of benefits including generous holiday entitlement, health care and pension.

This post will close on 9 February 2022.

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