Research Economists

London (Greater) (GB)
28 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
26 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth

Research Economists  x2

Salary from £34,156 to £41,317 pa inclusive

This is a full time fixed term appointment for 2 years

The What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth is a partnership between the London School of Economics and Political Science, Centre for Cities and Arup.

The What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth is seeking to appoint two full-time Research Economists to grow the existing team. You will work with the What Works Centre (WWC) Director, senior staff and academic partners, as well as practitioners in local government and beyond. You will help design, deliver, manage and analyse randomised control trials and quasi-experimental programme evaluations, in areas such as skills, active labour market policy, transport and business support; support our local partners to develop and deliver their own policy evaluations; draft policy toolkits and support policy working groups. We particularly welcome applications from candidates with experience of RCTs and field experiments.

Both roles will assist the Director and Deputy Directors, and in some cases will take responsibility for the major part of research design / writing up tasks. You will also be given the opportunity to develop a wider research agenda of your own, involving robust quantitative evaluation techniques on policy areas of interest to spatial and urban economics, or related fields.  

You will have a first or upper second class undergraduate degree, and a Masters in Economics or other quantitative social science discipline. You may also be working on a PhD, or have equivalent experience of individual research work. These roles would suit those looking for a route into academia, as well as those who want to combine academic rigour and hands-on work with decision-makers, helping them develop and deliver live projects. We are open to secondments from the public or private sectors. 

Both roles will require a sound understanding of econometrics and statistics and experience in STATA or other econometrics software. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential, as is experience in the execution and write-up of independent research projects.

You must have advanced analytical skills in dealing with quantitative and administrative datasets, and must demonstrate an interest in the WWC's approach and areas of work. 

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

Please include in your application one relevant research or policy paper. The post will start ASAP and not later than three months from the date of offer.

For further information about the posts, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.

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The closing date for receipt of applications is 26 April 2017 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.