Principal Research Officer (VRU)
MOPAC Grade 5: £48,355
Vacancy Description
Job reference number: MOPAC PRO
Contract: Fixed Term until 31 March 2021
Salary: £48,355 - £55,257 per annum
Grade: 5
Closing date: Wednesday 13 November 2019 at 23:59 GMT
Interview date: Friday 29 November 2019

Do you have a passion for London and for improving the lives of the people who live, work and study here? 

Do you have a flair for using data and research to make a positive difference?

Do you thrive on change, innovation and doing things differently?


London is the greatest city in the world, but for too many Londoners, violent crime is a part of their everyday reality. We’re determined to tackle this problem and make London a safer city for all.


A small VRU team has been recruited to work on a new, innovative public health approach to tackling violence for London – bringing together a range of partners from health, education, police and probation, to tackle the root causes of violence. We believe violence is preventable.


We are looking for a Principal Research Officer to lead the unit on innovation and the use of data and research. This will ultimately support the learning and development for London, working closely with partners and across City Hall.

Please click here to view the job description for Principal Research Officer (VRU).

The Violence Reduction Unit will build on the success of other research and violence reduction initiatives, including from elsewhere in the country such as Glasgow, as well as the Mayor’s existing work to tackle the causes of crime. It will also build on the ongoing hard work of London’s boroughs and community organisations to understand and address all forms of violence.


Our response will be informed by and delivered in collaboration with communities as well as a variety of other key partners including health, criminal justice, local authorities and faith leaders. The solution to reducing violence in London is London's people, in her communities, universities, and offices. However, the use of data, intelligence and key research can really help support and transform our solution.  


We are seeking an experienced principle research officer with expertise in the field of community safety and violence reduction. The successful candidate will be dynamic, and have exceptional research and analytical capabilities, communication skills, as well as a track record of seeing the bigger picture through the use of research, data and intelligence.



Want to find out what it’s really like to work at City Hall?


Read our interview with Jamilla Hinds Brough (Senior Coordinator, Senior Youth Violence) and Havana Wellings-Longmore (Community Engagement Officer).


You can also find out more about the VRU on the dedicated pages on our website.


Political Restriction; under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (as amended by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011) all members of staff of the MOPAC will be politically restricted without the right to apply for an exemption.


The successful candidates will be expected to undergo the necessary security vetting which may take up to 8 weeks to be completed. Applicants will also need to have resided in the UK continuously for at least the last three years.


In addition to a good salary package, we offer an attractive range of benefits including 32.5 days’ annual leave.


If you have a question about the role or the recruitment process please contact a member of the HR team via email on


This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate. If that sounds like you, please click on the apply button to visit our website.


London's diversity is its biggest asset and we strive to ensure our workforce reflects London's diversity at all levels. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.