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Counterpoint is looking for an experienced researcher!

Counterpoint is transforming and we are looking for a researcher to join our small but creative team. Ideally, we need someone who can work across projects ranging from digital to climate change, via populism and risk—with a good grounding in European policy and/or politics. One of the main tasks will be to work on our Bridges Project: a project that develops policy solutions by designing the engagement of leading experts from across varied disciplines with high-level policy makers in areas of concern to open societies (e.g. migration, inequality, digital democracy or climate policy).this is one of our most important areas and it entails research, writing and workshop organising.

This is a great opportunity for someone with a strong interest in policy and political affairs to gain experience in a creative, flexible, friendly working environment. The role is wide-ranging, with opportunities to take the initiative, travel, meet high-profile academics, and politicians, and receive guidance and advice. This role is particularly suited to individuals who are interested in European affairs as well as in policy and event design.

Skills and Background:

  1. Proven knowledge of, and interest in, European policy-making and politics (in particular developments on migration, integration, populist politics or political mobilisation)
  2. Experience in a think tank or political/policy analysis context
  3. An interest in cross-disciplinary approaches and an ability to understand a range of experts from different academic fields (politics, neuroscience, psychoanalysis, anthropology, and social psychology)
  4. MA (minimum) in one of the social sciences, European politics, European law, or comparative politics
  5. Excellent written communication and presentation skills as well as a capacity to write for a range of audiences
  6. Well organised and enthusiastic
  7. Experience in event design and management is a plus, as is knowledge of another European language


  1. Support Counterpoint research (background research, some writing and editing, event support)
  2. Undertake research into relevant policy areas
  3. Distil complex information into digestible papers
  4. Recruit and brief disciplinary and policy experts
  5. Support the preparation and follow-up of Counterpoint workshops (invitations, briefing papers and workshop outputs)
  6. Manage the logistics for Bridges workshops
  7. Contribute to Counterpoint’s visibility and image


  • Initial appointment: 12 months (renewable) full-time position
  • Compensation: 28-32k p/a depending on experience
  • Some travel will be required
  • All applicants must have authorisation to work in the UK


To apply: please send a CV and cover letter to 

Deadline for applications:  16 March 2020


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