The National Institute of Economic and Social Research at any one time is working on a wide array of projects and we may have vacancies on a part-time temporary basis for advanced postgraduate students with good quantitative and/or qualitative skills. We are happy to receive speculative applications CVs from appropriately qualified students who are based at UK universities and live within easy commuting distance of our Westminster offices, to consider for current vacancies or to keep on file should an appropriate job emerge. In the first instance a covering letter outlining your research interests and your CV with the names of at least two referees should be sent to HR [at] niesr.ac.uk
- Director of Microeconomic and Social Research - closing date 9th September 2019
- Trustee - closing date 2nd September 2019
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) is Britain’s longest established independent research institute, and one of the most prestigious. We specialise in high quality academic research, relevant to the economic and social forces affecting people’s lives, with funding from the ESRC, major foundations, and a wide range of public and corporate bodies. Based in the heart of Westminster, our exceptional user networks make NIESR an ideal location to develop research, disseminate it and influence policy. From 2019, this area of our work is underpinned by the award of an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account; we are one of only two non-universities to achieve this status. Further information on our work is available at www.niesr.ac.uk
Reflecting the policy-focussed nature of our work, we are seeking to appoint to a new post, that of Director of Microeconomics and Social Research (DMSR), to lead our work across three current areas – Trade, Productivity and Investment, Employment and Labour markets and Education and Social Policy. The teams currently comprise 12-15 researchers working on frontier projects that attracted significant external funding in the last financial year. The research staff are talented, ambitious and have significant potential to expand their work areas. The teams comprise both economists and staff from other social science disciplines.
This new position will be expected to lead the Institute’s research in applied microeconometric and social research into a research centre with significant and long-term funding. The DMSR will develop, design and lead on a number of concurrent research projects within areas of expertise and manage projects. We would expect the incoming DMSR to have a significant national and international presence, and develop this further through NIESR’s extensive networks. The appointee will actively draw on their external networks to develop research proposals of national and international significance so that funding targets are achieved for own role, other team members and for the Institute, combining policy significance with output in highly-regarded journals.
KEY TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Location: Central London - NIESR offices at 2 Dean Trench Street, Westminster.
Contractual provision: Full-time or Substantial Part-Time (possibly on secondment from a University Post).
Proposed salary range: Professorial Scale
Other: USS membership is available, 30 days annual leave, some flexibility in working hours, potential to work from home one day per week by agreement
POSITION IN THE ORGANISATION:
12-15 staff comprising staff on Principal, Senior and Economist / Research Grades, based in a number of groups or clusters.
Key relationships: (internal and external)
NIESR staff and Trustees, external funders/audiences to develop contacts/potential sources of funding, initiate proposals, publicise research and represent NIESR.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: (SUBJECT TO REVISION)
- Provide strategic and intellectual leadership for NIESR’s programme of microeconomic and social research;
- Develop and implement NIESR's programme of microeconomic research and maximise the impact of that work in policy circles and in the media;
- Provide the focal point for NIESR's research-led view on individual, household and firm-level developments, both in the UK and internationally;
- Work closely with senior colleagues, in particular the Research Director in Microeconometrics, Professor Peter Dolton and the Director of the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence, Rebecca Riley, managing projects and staff working on microeconomic areas of research and providing intellectual motivation.
- Draw on and develop networks/leads for potential sources of funding and engage with senior contacts at strategic level;
- Support the Directors in developing new sources of funding;
- Prepare and draft research bids and proposals with support from other team members.
- Build a research cluster and eventually a Centre concentrating on household and firm-level decision-making and well-being outcomes, related to existing teams at NIESR working on productivity, employment and social policy.
- Oversee the design of research programmes/models, the setting up and conduct of research using appropriate methodologies.
- Project manage research activities and grant conditions for own area. and ensure progress reports are submitted, as required, to funders with projects delivered to budget;
- Provide leadership to NIESR’s microeconomics and social research areas;
- Ensure the teams are appropriately funded, individually and collectively;
- Prepare and present findings of research activity for research and policy stakeholders and for peer review. Draft and submit high quality academic and/or policy research output for academic publications, reports, model features, and newspaper or website articles. Oversee activities where research is being led by other team members;
- In tandem with the Directors, plan and implement strategy to disseminate/promote research more widely and achieve maximum impact on public, policymakers and opinion-formers;
Staff management and development
- Direct reports: senior members of the micro teams.
- Lead, manage and support direct reports. Ensure appropriate staff are recruited, motivated and developed, including carrying out appraisals, providing training and advising on professional development.
Please contact the Director, Professor Jagjit S. Chadha, director [at] niesr.ac.uk, or on 020 7654 1914, for an informal discussion or further information.
Please apply to Ruth Hallesy at HR [at] niesr.ac.uk by close of business on 9th September 2019 with a covering letter, CV and the names of four referees. Emailed applications should include the subject line ‘YOUR NAME - Director – Microeconomics and Social Research’.
Due to the large number of applications we usually receive, we regret that it may only be possible to contact shortlisted applicants.
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) is one of Britain’s most influential and prestigious independent research centres and in 2018 celebrated its 80th anniversary. We specialise in applied economic and social research, combining rigorous academic standards with influence on policy formation. Our objective is to promote, through quantitative and qualitative research, a deeper understanding of the interaction of economic and social forces that affect people’s lives and the ways in which policy can improve them. We have no political affiliation and receive no core funding from government.
The Institute is a UK registered charity and company limited by guarantee. It is governed by a Council of Management, operating as a Board of Trustees, who are collectively responsible for driving the overall strategy of the Institute. The Board consists of senior representatives from policy-making, business and academia and is chaired by Professor Diane Coyle OBE.
We are seeking to appoint up to three Trustees to the Council of Management to help develop our strategic plan and scrutinise and challenge the executive to ensure the Institute can thrive. Applications are welcome from candidates with experience in any area of the Institute’s operations, but particularly from those with proven skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Contemporary social policy issues
- Enhancing the impact of research, including the commercial exploitation of research expertise
- Fund raising, income generation or sponsorship building
- Senior level experience the UK higher education system
- To ensure the Institute complies with its governing documents and legislation and pursues its stated objectives
- To contribute actively to strategic direction and policy setting, defining objectives and targets, and monitoring and evaluating performance against them
- To monitor the effective and efficient management and administration of the Institute
- To ensure the financial stability and solvency of the Institute
- To use any specific skill, knowledge or experience to assist the trustees to reach sound decisions
- To act as an ambassador for the Institute.
The Council of Management meets quarterly at our Westminster office, with Trustees additionally expected to serve on a sub-committee which meet up to four times per year. Meetings usually last approximately two hours. Trustees are expected to devote sufficient time to ensure satisfactory discharge of their responsibilities and to actively contribute to the Council and engage with the Institute, advocating our work, supporting our management team and attending events as appropriate.
The post is not remunerated, but all expenses are reimbursed up to the Institute’s expenses limits.
Appointments are for 4 years, usually renewable once.
To apply applicants should provide a full CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 pages, explaining their suitability and interest in this post, to Ruth Hallesy via email: hr [at] niesr.ac.uk with the subject line ‘[Your name] Trustee application’. The deadline for applications is 2nd September 2019.
For any further information or to arrange an informal, confidential discussion, please contact the Director of the Institute, Jagjit Chadha, or Chief Operating officer, John Kirkland.
We welcome applications regardless of race, nationality, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability, or age. Applicants must not be disqualified from acting as a Trustee or company director.
The National Institute of Economic Research is Britain’s longest established independent economic and social research institute. It specialises in high quality academic research, relevant to the economic and social forces affecting people’s lives.