Business Studies and/or Management Science, Social Sciences
Treviglio (Bergamo)
8 Sep, 2023 to 7 Mar, 2024
15 Jun, 2023

General information

6 months

The Social Researcher undertakes research projects to investigate a number of social issues and then report their findings. A social researcher will use a variety of methods to gather their information; this can include questionnaires, focus groups and interviews. Their survey's findings can be used to change social policies or to test the effectiveness of a current one.

Research could focus on topics such as:

  • the benefits system
  • crime
  • education
  • the environment
  • gender
  • healthcare
  • population structure and migration
  • poverty
  • social services
  • transport
  • unemployment.


Key responsibilities of the job include:

  • follow instructions from clients about the nature of the research to be carried out
  • use an appropriate and creative methodology to design and manage a research projects, which may involve the use of quantitative and/or qualitative methods and may include both pilot and development work
  • design and write questionnaires and surveys
  • apply a range of research techniques to gather relevant information, including document analysis, surveys, case studies and interviews (face-to-face, telephone and online)
  • develop and test theories
  • liaise with and direct social research field interviewers to gather information
  • carry out information and data retrieval searches using electronic databases
  • analyse and evaluate research and interpret data using a range of statistical packages
  • gather information by directing or carrying out fieldwork
  • prepare, present and disseminate results in the form of reports, briefings, research papers and presentations
  • offer research-based briefings and advice, which may involve writing action plans
  • advise external bodies on social policy
  • prepare and present tenders for new research projects.


Key skills 

  • experience in quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies and using different research techniques
  • strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • interpersonal skills to develop and maintain relationships
  • report writing skills
  • teamworking skills and the ability to work well on your own
  • confidence in using Microsoft Office software, statistics packages and other data management tools, and research database packages
  • project management skills to oversee all aspects of a research project right through from questionnaire design to the final report
  • accuracy and attention to detail for handling data and reporting research findings
  • a flexible approach to work, with the ability to work on several different research projects at once
  • organisation skills, excellent time management and the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
Financial compensation
Lunch vouchers
English: Independent User B2
Italian: Independent User B2
Level of Studies: