Zinc Mission 3 Research Fellowship

London, England, United Kingdom


Fellowship Details:

About Zinc

Zinc builds new companies that tackle the biggest social problems in the developed world. We do this through a 9-month, full-time programme for 50 creative, entrepreneurial individuals who come together at Zinc to start a new business from scratch. They build scalable products and services that target millions of customers, based on the best social science research, exponential technologies and creative design.

Each programme has a specific 'mission'; the first one focused on improving women's and girls' mental and emotional health, and the second, which is currently underway, focuses on unlocking opportunities for people in places that have been hard-hit by globalisation and automation.

Zinc’s third mission is to add five more years of high quality to later life. More details, including why we’ve chosen this mission and 10 key opportunity areas for new businesses, can be found here.

Science in Zinc

A core priority for Zinc is to improve the impact of academic research on big social challenges. We embed science and research throughout our missions by:

  1. Identifying and prioritising issues and opportunity areas
  2. Building a biopsychosocial understanding of the issues
  3. Developing appropriate solutions that have a clear theory of change
  4. Testing and researching with users
  5. Determining how outcomes will be measured
  6. Disseminating learning
  7. Identifying gaps for future research

We also facilitate partnerships between our emerging businesses and academic individuals/groups/institutions. We are formally supported in this by a consortium of leading universities (details here), and work closely with a range of other institutions and partners.

The Zinc Mission 3 Programme

Zinc’s next programme, beginning September 30th in London, will bring together 50 entrepreneurial individuals from around the world to:

Details of the Zinc Mission 3 Research Fellowship

We are looking for a Research Fellow to join Zinc for our Mission 3 programme. This is a full-time role for 12-18 months (beginning summer 2019); however, where individuals are unable to commit to a full-time role, we welcome discussions about other options. We envisage that the researcher may maintain an ongoing relationship with their existing/previous research organisation.

Note: We may be able to increase the number of Research Fellowships where researchers have financial support from their existing organisations (e.g. for university researchers, this could be through Impact Acceleration Accounts).

The role(s) will involve:


Role Requirements

This role would suit an early career researcher, with a PhD (or equivalent experience).

We are looking for candidates who have research expertise in:

We are looking for someone with the following skills/attributes:


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