Expected hours: Full-time
Location: London, UK
(remote working only available for exceptional candidates unable to relocate)
Payment bracket: £17,500 - £27,500 
Application deadline: 25th June 12pm 
(applicants will be assessed on a rolling basis so please apply as soon as you are able)
Start date: Mid-End August 2021

Animal Ask, a recently formed research organisation is looking to appoint a research analyst to our team to assist our work in maximising the impact of animal welfare asks. 

Animal Ask was conceived through the 2020 Charity Entrepreneurship Incubation Programme. We aim to support both organisations and individuals in their efforts to reduce farmed animal suffering by providing dedicated research. 

Billions of animals suffer on factory farms every year. The animal advocacy movement has so far done great work to help alleviate animal suffering, building up expertise in both public and corporate campaigns.

The foundation of these campaigns is what is referred to as an ask. This is the specific request for industry, food companies, or the government to improve the welfare of animals in their care e.g. asking the UK government to ban cages for laying hens. These animal welfare asks are implemented over a set period and if successful, can change the lives of millions of animals. However, not all asks are equally impactful - good prioritisation of potential asks can greatly increase the effectiveness of the movement efforts. 


Over the past year we have completed a pilot programme working with two prominent organisations on their ask prioritisation, the results of which could see our optimal recommended asks changing the lives of millions of animals. With your help, we will continue this service alongside the introduction of our new Ask Consultation service. 

Given the impressive level of effort and resources animal advocacy organisations currently put behind each ask, we think that supporting our community in prioritising the best asks is key and you would play an integral role in supporting this mission.

Your research will contribute to ask comparison reports which support animal advocacy organisations and policy makers to effectively prioritise their ask considerations. Charity Entrepreneurship estimates that the difference in value between the best and worst ask, already being reasonably considered, could be as much as 3 times as impactful.


You will work alongside the co-founding team, and another research analyst.

Responsibilities include:

  • Generating ask ideas

  • Rapid literature reviews

  • Assessing strength of evidence for a given ask

  • Cost-effectiveness estimates including modelling economic flow through effects of asks

  • Conducting interviews with experts and stakeholders

  • Contributing to the decision on which ask or asks are most impactful 


This job will involve rapid learning and application of knowledge, including technical skills (e.g. conducting literature reviews and creating cost-effectiveness analysis) and domain specific knowledge. This job will provide strong learning value for people looking to enter a long-term career in the EA or animal advocacy movement in a research position.


  • Strong research ability

  • Ability to quickly learn new skills

  • Ability to critically assess scientific literature 

  • Good written and verbal communication skills and a high degree of reasoning transparency

  • Fluent in written and spoken English

  • Highly impact-driven

  • Attention to detail

  • Able to work autonomously in a small team

  • Knowledge of the animal welfare movement

  • Strong work ethic



  • London-based or ability to relocate

  • Experience in: 

    • Animal welfare science,

    • Public policy 

    • Agricultural economics

  • Experience with both empirical and philosophical research

  • Knowledgeable about effective altruism

  • Ability to interpret and critically evaluate studies and statistical analysis 

  • Familiarity with Bayesian reasoning

  • Experience creating and evaluating cost-effectiveness analyses (CEAs)



  • 30 days holiday

  • An impact-driven role with a high counterfactual impact

  • Flexible working hours

  • Experience working at an early-stage nonprofit start-up

  • Shared workspace with a community of talented, dedicated and like-minded staff

The deadline for the application is 12pm on the 25th June 2021.

The application process will consist of:

Application form [deadline 25th June]
Interview (30 mins) [w/c 28th June*]
Task 1 (2.5 hours) [w/c 5th July*]
Task 2 (5 hours) [w/c 12th July*]
Final Interview [w/c 19th July*]

*please note that these are soft timeline predictions and could be subject to change depending on the availability of both internal staff and applicants 

Equal opportunities
Animal Ask is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to maintaining a culture of inclusivity. All suitably-qualified applicants will receive consideration for this post regardless of race, religion, colour, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, national origin or veteran status, as required by UK law. If you need any assistance with your application or have any other related questions about the application, please contact