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Senior Data Manager

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NatCen Social Research
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We are looking to recruit a Senior Research Data Manager to join our Longitudinal Survey Group in the Survey Research Centre to work on the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). The post involves working with researchers to plan data management and taking responsibility for the management of large and complex datasets.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with researchers to specify and plan data management within projects
  • Construct and maintain SPSS data files.
  • Check and edit data, ensuring data integrity and continuity.
  • Write derived variables in SPSS, in conjunction with the research team.
  • Provision of data sets to internal and external users (including Data Archive), and keeping archived data sets up-to-date (e.g. with flagged data).
  • Carry out, and validate, data linkages (e.g. with census data, administrative data, different datasets over time or from different surveys).
  • Carry out cross-tabulation and other statistical analyses.
  • Contribute to substantive and technical reports.
  • Ensure all procedures and questionnaires are fully documented.
  • Be the main contact for data queries and enquiries for NatCen researchers, other NatCen staff, clients, collaborators and external data users.
  • Be aware of data protection and confidentiality issues.
  • Miscellaneous tasks (e.g. sorting out samples or feed forward data for follow-up studies).


  • Experience of data management is essential, this includes experience gained in academia, government, other public sector, voluntary sector or market research settings.
  • Candidates must demonstrate a high standard of achievement in data management.
  • Senior Data Managers may be expected to work on more than one project at a time, and the ability to work well under pressure and to manage deadlines is essential.
  • Experience of statistical software (SPSS or STATA) is essential


  • Experience of dealing with longitudinal data would be an advantage for this post.
Application Procedure: 

If you believe you have the skills and passion we're looking for then, please send your CV, along with a covering letter of no more than 800 words, explaining why you feel you are right for the role.

All documents should be sent to:

There will be one interview followed by a test, details of which will be provided on the day. Interviews are planned for w/c 26th January 2015.

Closing date for applications will be 12th January 2015 by 5pm.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact HR on 020 7549 9540.

For an informal conversation about the role please contact Margaret Blake, ELSA Senior Research Director on 020 7549 7009.

£30,000- £39,999 (Depending on skills & experience)
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