Applications are invited from highly motivated PhD candidates to undertake a three to six month internship to develop a stream of work on identifying and modelling the returns from research and development (R&D) activity at the firm level, in conjunction with the Smart Specialisation Hub.

The Innovation Caucus is an initiative funded by Innovate UK and the ESRC to support innovation-led growth and promote greater engagement between the social sciences and businesses. 

Person specification

The intern will require:

  • the ability to work with academics and engage with academic debates to identify insights and make connections across research and policy
  • a broad understanding of the social sciences, and appreciation of how the social sciences can contribute to the economy and society
  • an interest in how social science disciplines can be applied to generate insights for businesses and innovation.

It is also desirable that the candidate will have:

  • an interest in and/or experience of conducting previous research into the impact of innovation activities
  • the ability to synthesize research findings into outputs for non-academic audiences, eg using infographics
  • some microeconomic modelling experience
  • good understanding of the complex R&D landscape of private vs. social returns
  • excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a client-focused role.

Dates of internship

  • Closing date - 16:00 on 15 March 2019
  • Aimed start date - 1 April 2019
  • The internship will need to be completed by 30 September 2019


There is scope to accommodate flexible working arrangements, although the intern will be expected to attend meetings in London (and potentially in Swindon and Sheffield) on an ad hoc basis.

How to apply

Further information and details on how to make an application can be found on the Innovation Caucus call page.