Department for Transport
Principal Behavioural Scientist
Location: London, Leeds, Birmingham or Hastings
At the Department of Transport (DfT), our vision is for behavioural science to make a real-world difference in tackling some of the biggest issues the country faces. Over the past year, the opportunities for behavioural science in transport have increased significantly and our behavioural science team has shaped DfT’s COVID-19 response. Our work is also crucial for DfT’s future delivery, including the forthcoming Transport Decarbonisation Plan, which will set out pathways to the decarbonisation of transport, partly through behaviour change.
These two roles are based in our Social and Behavioural Research Team that provides, promotes and advocates high quality and timely social research and behavioural science to support the delivery of DfT’s priorities. Join us and you’ll play a key role in identifying and realising opportunities for applying behavioural science to the Department’s policy priorities.
Wide-ranging and uniquely challenging, as well as being a great opportunity to develop a stimulating career within the DfT and Government, you’ll be joining a friendly team based in DfT’s Analysis and Science Directorate, where your duties will include:
- Staying abreast of relevant developments to identify opportunities where behavioural science can provide greatest impact in guiding and improving policy interventions
- Reacting at pace to emerging policy challenges and requests for input/advice, robustly applying behavioural science tools and evidence
- Understanding the best up-to-date evidence and data to recommend novel behavioural interventions, then working with policy leads to develop and, where appropriate, implement these propositions
- Designing/guiding the research/data gathering to inform the design of behavioural interventions, working closely with social researchers and other analysts in the Department
- Engaging senior influencers in the Department, persuading and supporting them to systematically challenge policy areas to embed behavioural science from the very start of policy development
- Compiling high impact, authoritative examples and case studies and finding opportunities to champion behavioural science and its impact
- Building the Department’s capability in behavioural science through provision of online resources and materials, design and delivery of seminars and teach-ins to staff.
We’re looking for:
- Considerable experience of applying substantial knowledge of behavioural science tools, theory and frameworks in the design and management of behavioural science projects
- A proven ability to anticipate and identify opportunities to use behavioural science to diagnose problems and design, trial and evaluate behavioural solutions
- A flair for establishing relationships with a range of internal colleagues and external stakeholders to build commitment to shared objectives and deliver high impact outcomes
- A track record in delivering quick turn-around, high quality behavioural science advice and insights in a fast-paced and often challenging environment
- Experience of designing and managing research and analysis to inform the application of behavioural science/insights, using a range of social research methodologies, for example, literature/evidence reviews and primary qualitative or quantitative social research.
- In-depth knowledge of social research methods and behavioural science theory and its application to improve policy, operational delivery or communications.
At DfT, we offer our teams an excellent benefits package, including generous annual leave, a contributory pension, flexible working options, a range of family friendly policies as well as an employee discount scheme. We also offer a range of networking opportunities, coaching schemes from quality providers, as well as strong learning and development programmes.
We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities