Research Associate

London (Greater) (GB)
£38 304 - - £45,026 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
28 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
29 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description 

The purpose of this role is to undertake research and impact activities to support the research aims of the Qatar Centre for Global Banking and Finance.

QCGBF is a research centre dedicated to the study of central banks and the challenges they face in the global environment. It aims to develop cutting-edge research in all areas of central bank policy making, ranging from monetary policy to financial stability and regulation. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research projects closely linked to the centre that lead to publications in leading international journals.

The Qatar Centre in Global Banking and Finance (QCGBF) is a research centre dedicated to the study of central banks and the challenges they face in the global environment. It aims to develop cutting-edge research in all areas of central bank policymaking, ranging from monetary policy to financial stability and regulation.

The Centre research agenda covers the following topics.

1.           Rethinking central bank mandates and governance

-             Monetary-fiscal policy interactions in a world of big shocks:  Does 2% inflation targeting remain appropriate?  What does the crisis mean for macroprudential policy?

-             Implications for stabilisation policy of the productivity slowdown, secular stagnation, and falling equilibrium real interest rates

-             How do households and firms form expectations about the future and what does it mean for central bank policy?

2.           Understanding new and emerging threats to economic stability

-             Models of the Covid crisis and policy implications

-             Climate change:  understanding its impact on the financial system and macroeconomy and appropriate policy responses

-             Structural changes in the financial system, including the development of Fintech

3.           Developing new techniques for understanding the conjuncture and forecasting

-             Big data and data analytics

-             Applications of text analysis

-             New tools for assessing threats to economic stability, including GDP-at-Risk

About the Faculty

King’s Business School is the ninth and newest faculty at King’s College London, emerging out of the renowned School of Management & Business to become a separate King’s faculty on 1 August 2017. King’s Business School is a research-intensive Business School which combines the agility of a start-up with the benefit of being part of a world-leading, multi-faculty institution.

King’s Business School currently comprises a growing body of 100 academic staff and 40 professional services staff led by the Dean, Professor Stephen Bach. King’s Business School will be mission led and connect with business, start-ups, social enterprise and with a clear ambition to make the world a better place. Professor Bach is currently working with key stakeholders to sharpen the vision for the new Business School, and to establish a distinctive and compelling approach that reflects the challenges facing business and government in an increasingly volatile and uncertain world.

Located in the iconic Bush House, staff and students enjoy modern facilities including a state of the art lecture theatre and a specialist Finance & Trading Room to ensure an innovative student experience. This new location makes King’s Business School a hub for engagement with business, the City, public sector organisations and government. With a strong emphasis on relevance and diversity, the School fosters an entrepreneurial mind-set in students ready to face the challenges and embrace the opportunities of tomorrow. Linking with Vision 2029, the School will continue to attract students from all over the world and will develop key international partnerships with other universities and international organisations.

In the last Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2014) the School was ranked 8th amongst all universities in Britain, with over half of its submitted impact case studies being classified 4*, representing world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour. Much of the substantive research connects to four cross-cutting themes, reflecting the most challenging and important issues confronting today’s scholars, practitioners and policy makers:

  • Global business strategy for a sustainable world
  • Digitalisation: Reshaping innovation and entrepreneurship
  • The future of work: leadership and change
  • Governance, risk and regulation

Research within the School currently falls into seven research groups underpinned by a common set of values – being rigorous, relevant, inclusive and innovative. Each runs a programme of research related activities including seminars, funded projects and engagement with policy, practitioners and other scholars from within and beyond King’s College London.

The seven research groups are:

  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Banking and Finance
  • Economics
  • Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
  • International Business and Comparative Management
  • Marketing
  • Public Services Management and Organisation

Key responsibilities 

  • Work under the guidance and leadership of the QCGBF Directors, to carry out research and impact/knowledge transfer work in the area of central banks. In particular, big data/machine learning techniques in understanding the implications of climate change.
  • Identify areas for research, develop new research methods and extend the Centre’s research portfolio.
  • Analyse data, write peer reviewed articles and prepare research grant proposals.
  • Carry out all research methods to a consistent and high standard.
  • Undertake their own research projects, in line with the Centre’s aims and objectives.
  • Lead, attend and contribute to relevant meetings. 
  • Engage fully with the scholarship and intellectual life of the Centre and King’s Business School.
  • Maintain good relations with members of the research centre and other colleagues, facilitating research, research evaluation and dissemination.
  • Develop links and foster collaborations with research groups and organisations to raise the profile of the Centre.
  • Plan and oversee outreach and public engagement events.
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by the Directors

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge and experience

Essential criteria

  • A completed Phd in Sustainable Development with graduate level training in Economics.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of both qualitative and quantitative research methods, with excellence in one of the two areas
  • Strong interest in implications of climate change for financial system
  • Knowledge of programming languages such as Python, R, Matlab
  • Excellent research and teaching skills
  • Ability to work well in a research team, contributing to the collective development of ideas, applications and outputs
  • Willingness to participate in seminars and other academic events and activities
  • Ability to interact with academic, research, professional services colleagues, and those beyond the university context

Desirable criteria

  • Ability to liaise with project partners within and outside of academia
  • Strong publication record or potential to develop one
    Experience in engaging with practitioners and industry bodies
  • Experience in conducting independent research, or evidence of strong potential
  • Experience of involvement in research projects and/or research funding applications

This advertisement does meet the requirements for a Certificate of Sponsorship under Home Office Regulations and therefore the university will be able to offer sponsorship for this role.

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