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Senior researcher (data analyst), UK

  • London, England, United Kingdom
Trends & Analysis

Job description

Transport & Environment (T&E), the leading European NGO promoting cleaner transport, is offering a UK based position for a senior researcher (data analyst), starting from September 2024.

You will join T&E’s Trends and Analysis team, our home for research, transport modelling and data analysis. You will report to the team’s Director, and lead a team of up to three analysts not based in the UK who work on files across Europe. Your own project work will primarily be directed by T&E’s UK office, where work will be driven by the opportunities to shape and set transport policy in the UK. 

Opportunities to contribute to other work programmes may arise based on capacity and interest. You will play a key role in the organisation by coordinating national level analysis and ensuring high standards across T&E’s national offices. This is in alignment with T&E’s strategy to bolster our national level impact.

T&E prides itself on developing data and evidence based transport policy for the EU and the UK. Your work will have a significant and lasting impact as we work with policy makers, advisory bodies and a coalition of civil society in the UK. In the UK, our analysis made the case for the zero emissions vehicle mandate, the biggest single carbon cutting policy the UK government has. Transport is the largest emitting sector in the UK - your work will make sure transport plays its part in getting to net zero.

Our working environment fosters learning and professional development. We value ideas and afford our colleagues the agency and autonomy to develop evidence and argument based solutions to our complex transport decarbonisation challenges. We work on issues that can have a positive impact on the way we travel, on our health and on the climate.

We are looking for someone who can apply appropriate quantitative analytical tools and techniques, and synthesise evidence from a range of sources, to support our mission in creating a sustainable transport system. This will include assessing the reliability and relevance of evidence and giving objective evidence-based advice to shape policy and public narrative of transport issues. The right candidate will have a keen interest and experience guiding others and helping develop their skills.

This position requires someone with an engineering, economist, or scientific background with experience in transport and energy modelling and research or related fields.

Main functions of the role:

  • Line management of up to three analytical staff in relevant areas, which entails looking after the wellbeing, career development and growth, and attainment of expertise of our research analysts.

  • Mentoring - passing on hard and soft skills in analysis and communication; be a first line of contact to support their work.

  • Leadership - bring out the best in direct colleagues and across the organisation. Take a leading role on T&E’s analytical and research work for UK based topics.

  • Deliver economic/transport modelling or analysis on the impacts of UK transport policy.

  • Write reports and policy briefings that detail these impacts and the policy changes that would help deliver them.

  • Present research findings internally and externally.

  • Support T&E’s analytical work in other work programmes when additional capacity is required.

  • Review T&E analytical outputs to ensure a high degree of research, analysis, and argumentation. This includes quality-assuring models, challenging input data and assumptions and interpreting output data.

  • Provide input to T&E’s policy and communication strategies.

  • Promote the use of internal procedures, identifying inefficiencies or other organisational issues.

  • Promote informed discussion on contemporary transport debates among T&E analysts and across the organisation.

  • Network with communities of UK and European transport analysts to ensure a two-way flow of relevant findings

Job requirements

  • 5+ years relevant or equivalent professional experience in transport economics or transport policy.

  • Experience or expertise in detailed quantitative analysis such as data analysis, regression analysis and modelling (e.g. economic modelling) are required.
    Expertise in programming (for example in python) and/or qualitative analysis (e.g. interviews, surveys, literature reviews, content analysis) are considered a bonus.

  • Experience in the field of transport, climate and energy analysis.

  • Experience and/or interest in mentorship or line management responsibilities

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills and an ability to write in English fluently, accurately and concisely. Other European languages are considered a bonus.

  • Project management experience including strong interpersonal and team-working skills and an ability to deliver to tight deadlines.

  • The confidence to think and act with initiative, to engage and influence policymakers of different stripes, industry representatives and other stakeholders at the highest level.


This position is advertised as a permanent, full-time position based in London. While we offer a flexible working environment, there is an expectation that you spend at least two days per week in our London office. You will also be required to occasionally work - i.e. several days every 2 months - from our Brussels office. Further, as part of the induction into the Trends and Analysis team, an extended period of time in Brussels in the first month is envisaged.

The start date would ideally be from 1 September 2024.

The salary package depends on experience and skills. For this position we offer a range of £50,500 to £60,000 per year, depending on experience. We are an equal opportunities employer and offer competitive salary and benefits.

Deadline for application: 11:59 pm on 23 June 2023

Cover letter

Your cover letter should be no longer than one page. In the letter, please include:

  • your motivation for managing and mentoring colleagues

  • a short description of a research project that you’re most proud of

About T&E

Transport & Environment (T&E) is Europe’s independent expert in enabling clean transport for all. Our vision is a zero emissions mobility system that is affordable and has minimal impacts on our health and environment. Since we were created 30 years ago, T&E has shaped some of Europe’s most important environmental laws. We got the EU to set the world’s most ambitious CO2 standards for cars and trucks but also helped uncover the Dieselgate scandal; we campaigned successfully to end palm oil diesel, secured a global ban on dirty shipping fuels and the creation of the aviation emissions trading system, the world’s largest carbon market for aviation to name just a few.

We combine the power of robust, science-based evidence and a deep understanding of transport with powerful communications and impactful advocacy. Our staff in Brussels, Rome, Madrid, Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, and London collaborate with our 60 national member and supporter organisations. All together our members and supporters represent more than 3.5 million people.