We value our assistant researchers – they gain experience and new skills working with us.
We employ several assistant researchers each year to undertake core analysis and research related to Ridgeway’s business. These projects are often for high-profile clients and focus on pressing international issues and themes.
Assistant researchers are assigned to one theme or a specific project, or they may work across a range of different projects depending on business needs, the researcher’s skill set and preference. We currently have assistant researchers working across commercial and public sector projects.
Who we look for
We don’t want our assistant researchers to fit any mould — as people, their experience to date, skills or subject-matter expertise. We look for people who are currently studying in postgraduate settings and who demonstrate:
- Strong research skills, specifically with an interest in applying these within a commercial environment;
- Confidence and capability working with primary sources;
- The ability to work with minimal supervision;
- Communication skills;
- Intellectual curiosity.
Language-proficiency and/or coding skills are useful but not essential.
Our assistant researchers are employed for 12 months on a part-time basis (typically one day per week) and are expected to be able to balance their work for Ridgeway alongside their studies.
We provide our assistant researchers with training and mentoring during their time with us. This support aims to further develop skills, provide commercial awareness and increase their employability in launching their careers. Our senior staff are proactive mentors who take an interest in the work, fields of study, and personal and professional development of the assistant researchers.
Outcomes and career development
This is a very successful programme and brings all-round benefits to participants, clients and Ridgeway as a whole. Assistant researchers gain experience of working on analysis and research projects with real-world impacts.
Assistant researchers get valuable opportunities to further expand and showcase their research and analysis skills, and see how these can be applied in professional settings. The programme is an extremely positive experience that builds confidence and often opens up new career ideas and opportunities.
Previous assistant researchers have transitioned to full-time research roles at Ridgeway. Others have gone on to work for the US State Department, the US Department of Defence, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the UK Treasury and British Aerospace.
We are extremely proud of our assistant researcher alumni and aim to stay in touch through a range of events and networking opportunities.