Current Opportunities

Position:                  Post Doctorate Research Fellow

Location:               Internet/Online

Responsible to:   Director of Research

Start date:             Immediate

Post:                        Part time or Full time



Bridge Institute is a recently formed think tank that produces in-depth analysis and research on Muslims in Britain.

Bridge Institute seeks to redevelop policy and discourse to better reflect the academic research and literature on British Muslims. Areas of interest include; identity constructions, belonging and integration, family and children, education, criminal justice, social mobility, disability, discrimination and health.

Why Bridge Institute’s work is important?

Our approach is to produce contemporary and dynamic research which is underpinned by sociological and political science theories. By applying the social scientific approach, we aim to develop robust, detailed and valid data.

We offer:

  • Evidence to show the key barriers which hinders the progression of better community relations between Muslims and their non-Muslim fellow citizens
  • High quality research which is established through academic approaches
  • Research which is supported by socio-political theoretical frameworks
  • An accurate depiction and understanding of the experiences and perceptions of British Muslims
  • Our work to public policy makers, academics, independent researchers, media agencies, academic institutions and to work collaboratively to create solutions to improve British society


Key Responsibilities:

Strategic Planning 

  • Work with the Director of Research to develop the organisation’s research strategy Undertake research activities in the agreed areas of the research strategy.

Research and Research Management 

  • Initiate and conduct original research projects
  • Collaborate with other departments of the organisation as appropriate
  • Contribute regularly to academic publications on behalf of the organisation
  • Speak at, and chair events, relevant to research output

  Project Management and Budget Responsibility 

  • Manage own research project activities, ensuring execution of deliverables
  • Responsible for management of certain project finances and establishing accounting records
  • Liaise with funding bodies to prepare and submit applications for relevant research projects


  • Publicising research project activity through seminars, articles and other external outputs
  • Proactively engage with media outlets
  • Represent the organisation at external meetings and events


Person Specification

The successful candidate is expected to have the necessary capability and enthusiasm to undertake high quality, authoritative, novel research into wide ranging issues impacting the Muslim community in the United Kingdom. This will involve contributing to the organisation’s research strategy, identifying suitable topics for research, devising relevant research questions, developing robust, methodological studies and disseminating findings in reports and/or academic publications.  Flexible, rigorous and with a high attention to detail, you will enjoy working independently to deliver consistently excellent research which will have significant national and international impact. You will ideally possess a PhD and/or a Masters in the Social Sciences.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication;
  • Proven ability or potential to conduct high quality, methodologically valid research, ideally based on a portfolio of research and/or relevant grassroots experience;
  • Sharp and rigorous analytical skills;
  • Tenacious, committed and results-oriented;
  • Strong personal values and a high level of integrity;
  • A good understanding and awareness of British politics and public policy
  • Experience of organising, analysing, interpreting and reporting qualitative and/or quantitative data
  • Experience of working to tight deadlines and under pressure
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Outlook
  • A First or Upper Second degree in a social science preferably in Politics or International Relations or a related discipline as is an MA or MSC (PhD/MPhil/is desirable but not essential)
  • Undertake multiple research projects;
  • Ability to understand and apply for successful research funding
  • Collaborative and able to contribute to the development of a growing team;
  • Enthusiastic and proactive;
  • Strong appreciation and understanding of the importance of punctuality, responsibility, discretion and confidentiality required for this role;
  • Contribute to the culture within the team of maintaining best practice in the quality of research.


Contract Terms

Post:                           Permanent

Working Hours:        Full Time 40 hours:5 days Per Week – Part time 20 hours: 2 ½ days

Probation:                  3 months (Or dependent on Director of Research)

Location:                    Internet/Online

Salary:                         £24,000 per annum pro rata / £12,000 (PT) [dependent on experience]

Leave:                         28 days pa pro rata (inclusive of bank & public holidays)


Application Process

  • Only applicants with the right to work in the UK should apply.
  • Please apply by sending your CV along with a covering letter explaining why you are suitable for the role, specifically addressing Key Responsibilities & Person Specification.
  • All application(s) to be submitted via email to
  • Deadline for applications is Tuesday 17th October 2017.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted for interview by 6pm on Wednesday 18th October 2017.
  • The volume of applications we receive preclude us from being be able to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.
  • First round interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held in London, on Friday 20th October 2017.
  • There may be a second round of interviews in the following week
  • Any offer made to the successful candidate will be a provisional offer subject to written references.