Kickstart Scheme - Research Officer

Job Location

From Home

Type of Job

25 hours a week

About the job

We are looking to employ two motivated research officers to oversee projects and develop growth opportunities in a fast-paced non-profit start-up environment. Our projects are focussed on delivering value and change around the neglected public health issue around gambling-harm and with particular interests around health effects and quality of life impacts in young people and minority ethnic communities.

The postholder will work from home and be involved with investigating gambling harms and the effectiveness of harm minimisation strategies. To do this, the postholder will work with a range of diverse stakeholders to explore and further understanding of gambling-harms, and the significance of harms and impacts on the population’s health and the economy. In this role, the postholder will work with both primary and secondary data. They will also be tasked with leading efforts to disseminate and demonstrate research findings through formats such as presentations and infographics.

In leading research efforts, postholders will hone their analytical skills and communication skills. They will also develop organisational and time-management skills.

This role will suit someone that is interested in tackling gambling-harm, addressing neglected health inequalities, and/or public-health work.

Salary and benefits: 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months,
associated employer National Insurance contributions, and
employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions


To be eligible for the Kickstart Scheme, you must be:

  • 16 - 24 years old and

  • be in receipt of Universal Credit

  • To be successful in this role, the placeholder will need to lead efforts to design, manage, commission, and produce research and evaluation projects using a range of research methodologies. 

  • They will need to have had some previous primary or secondary research experience in an academic or a professional environment. 

  • Additionally, they should have some awareness or understanding of gambling harms. 

  • Furthermore, they will need to be able to utilise strong analytical and communication skills to draw conclusions and communicate them effectively, mainly through writing but also spoken English. 

  • They would usually have a strong academic track record and would benefit from having studied a science or health-related degree at the undergraduate level or any other degree at the Master's, however these are not required to do well.

About us

TalkGEN C.I.C is a pioneering non-profit organisation that is built independently by individuals with lived experience of gambling-harm. Our purpose is to utilise lived experience of gambling-harm to help guide gambling-harm prevention strategies.


United Kingdom