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Top job! Senior Researcher Criminal Justice, Scottish Parliament Information Centre

  • Full time
  • £48,426 – £59,572
  • Hybrid working from the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh and from home
  • Closing 29th March 2023

  • Advertised from 15th March 2023
  • Our normal working week is 37 hours, but we currently operate a wide variety of work patterns, successfully balancing lifestyle choices with business requirements. All requests for flexible working hours will be seriously considered.
  • Leave: 41.5 days (including public holidays). Pension: Civil Service pension arrangements with an employer contribution of 27.9% of basic annual salary.


Want to make a difference in one of the most influential places in Scotland? Now is your chance!

This is a great opportunity to join the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) as a Senior Researcher.

SPICe comprises a research and information service and supports the scrutiny and legislative functions of the Parliament. We provide impartial, accurate and timely research, information and briefings to Members of the Scottish Parliament, their staff, and Parliamentary staff.

Working within the Justice and Social Affairs Research Unit, a team of 12, you’ll share responsibility with one other researcher for the Parliament’s work on criminal justice. You’ll be involved in answering enquiries on a wide range of subjects, including police, prisons, courts, prosecution, criminal law and the justice budget; and other relevant topics as required. You’ll prepare committee briefings and analysis to help MSPs scrutinise the related policies of the Scottish Government, and you’ll publish briefings and blog articles on relevant issues.

We’re looking for an experienced researcher with detailed knowledge of the criminal justice policy area. You’ll be an excellent communicator who is able to produce comprehensive briefings with brevity, accuracy and impartiality, and have a commitment to producing high quality research and analysis.

You’ll demonstrate a high level of personal credibility with excellent communication and influencing skills, with the ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships.

If you’re looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to contribute to the Parliament’s vision, we’d love to hear from you.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a Minority Ethnic background and Disabled candidates. All appointments will be made on merit. We have a values-based culture of respect and inclusion embedded in our organisation, and everyone has the ability to make a difference.

We offer a great range of benefits including: 41.5 leave days (including public holidays), flexible working, paid professional subscriptions, family-friendly policies, Season Ticket advance loans, an onsite gym facility, Health and Wellbeing Schemes including discounted gym membership, a confidential counselling and information service, and the Cycle to Work Scheme.

You’ll also have the opportunity to join the Alpha Civil Service pension scheme, where we’ll offer you an employer contribution of up to 27.9% of your basic salary.

Application notes

Clearance Required:CTC security clearance will be processed at job offer stage

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Closing Date: 11:59 pm on 29 March 2023