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Research Lead, Human Insights Lab 



Join Accenture The Dock, our multidisciplinary research and incubation hub located in the heart of Dublin 2’s tech quarter. The Human Insights Lab (HIL) at The Dock explores pivotal themes at the intersection of society, business and intelligent systems from a societal perspective. Through experiential research and engagement (R&E) projects, we tackle questions around these themes in partnership with clients and leaders from the humanities, social sciences and culture.   


We are seeking a dynamic Research Lead to join our Human Insights Lab 



About The Role 

As Research Lead you will be responsible for the development and implementation of a research and engagement plan around one of our current pivotal themes. These research themes are linked to the relationship between people and technology; innovation culture; and alternative new pathways for sustainable business growth. This research will lead to the publication of a significant global research piece, with support from a large thought leadership team. 

Reporting to the Director of HIL and the HIL Research Director, and working closely with the Programme and Operations Leads, you will manage a small research team from the arts and social sciences, and will be supported by the HIL core team.  


As Research Lead, you will: 

  • Be responsible for developing and delivering a fast-paced research programme on your thematic focus area grounded in academic rigour 

  • Advance HIL’s Research & Engagement capability as a discipline and a practice through a highly collaborative and inclusive style 

  • Manage your research team and be responsible for developing dissemination materials and delivery of its outputs 

  • Represent HIL research to Accenture people and clients acting as a subject matter expert on your particular area of expertise 

  • Participate in engagement activity for Dockers, Accenture people, clients and society 


Set yourself apart by demonstrating a mix of hard and soft skills including: 

  • Ability to synthesize complex or fragmented information from multiple sources into a coherent summary  

  • Business acumen 

  • Familiarity with, and interest in, key contemporary debates relating to global economic, geopolitical, technological and social trends, issues and their impact  

  • Academic or otherwise peer reviewed publications 

  • Track record of designing and managing research initiatives from start to finish 

  • Experience working collaboratively with business/ innovation / industry 

  • Excellent facilitation skills 

  • Ability to learn new software quickly; fluency with Microsoft Office and with online research tools (particularly Endnote).

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Your qualifications should be equivalent of: 

  • 3+ years post-doc  

  • 6+ years of relevant experience in industry-aligned research projects  

  • leadership experience 

  • social science background particularly psychology, sociology, anthropology, behavioural science  experience with evidence-based and/or ethnographic research 


Successful research is not a back-office activity here; we are seeking people who also have a client-focused mentality and a confident personal style.  


A flexible approach. 

We understand that traditional models may not work for everyone, so we offer flexible working arrangements which include tailored options for how you work. However, we are looking for as close to full-time availability as possible.  


As a team, we are ambitious and move at a fast pace; we respect the diversity of perspectives and experience within our team, both academic, commercial, and real-world; are at ease with and embrace ambiguity and are open to new ways to accomplish work and demonstrate flexibility in adapting to change. 


Working together, we will have specific opportunities to use our research insights to make a difference in society; engage in ongoing activities that enable us to learn, practice, and evolve our disciplines; and develop capabilities that change the way our clients do business. 


All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, colour, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as applicable by law.

Job candidates will not be obligated to disclose sealed or expunged records of conviction or arrest as part of the hiring process.

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