Behavioural Scientists

Job Title: Behavioural Scientists
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: United Kingdom
Salary: £37,639 - £51,710 (pro rata)
Job Published: May 27, 2021 10:01

Job Description

Behavioural Scientists
£37,639 - £51,710 (pro rata)
Cheltenham (opportunities to work from different locations and flexibly)

Here at GCHQ, we have a clear purpose - to protect the UK, its people and our way of life. It means we work against threats like cyber-attacks and espionage, through to terrorism and organised crime. Cutting-edge behavioural science helps us to address these threats. So, when you join us, you’ll work with real purpose. But you’ll do it all with plenty of support.

As a Behavioural Scientist, you’ll work closely with our intelligence partners across government, academia, and the industry. Joining a welcoming and expert team, you’ll use your knowledge in fascinating areas such as serious and organised crime. It’s all about applying scientific best practice to develop practical solutions. By conducting ground-breaking research and innovation that can’t be conducted anywhere else, you’ll help our partners to discover and disrupt activity against the UK – online, and in the real world. It’s truly unique work.

Your passion for high quality science is exactly what we’re after, with a strong scientific background, dedication, and experience of ethical working.  You’ll have a post-graduate degree (PhD, or relevant undergraduate or master’s degree in addition to experience equivalent to a PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g., social psychology, health psychology, social science), qualitative research methods and knowledge of behavioural science theory and research methods and you’ll know the importance of using evidence to inform decisions. It means you’re able to critically appraise an evidence base, while understanding how to effectively address any gaps.

As an excellent communicator, you’ll thrive in a team environment and confidently adapt your messages for different audiences. Importantly, you’ll be keen to constantly develop yourself and others. With access to tailored training and continuous professional development, you’ll have everything you need to fulfil your potential. Not to mention the freedom to work collaboratively and flexibly.

We’re building a diverse workforce, made up of people who are keen to work in a team and make the most of their skills.

GCHQ is an Equal Opportunities employer, committed to reflecting the society we protect. Our recruitment process is fair, transparent and based on merit. We particularly welcome applications from diverse and under-represented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates, candidates with a disability and LGBT+ candidates.

Please click 'Apply Now' for more information and to apply for the role.

Closing date: 21st June 2021

To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen. One of your parents must be a British Citizen or must have the nationality or citizenship from our approved list of countries. 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 and 6 months, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member. Please note, you should only launch your application from within the UK. If you are based overseas, you should wait until you visit the UK to launch an application. Applying from outside of the UK will impact on our ability to progress your application. Further information on our eligibility criteria can be found here

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