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JOB TITLE: Postdoctoral Research Associate (Productivity and Public Policy)
WORKING HOURS: 2-year fixed term contract, 35 hours per week, open to flexible working.
LOCATION: Currently remote working. In usual circumstances London SW1P.
SALARY: Up to £35,000 per annum, generous pension, 30 days holiday plus bank holidays.
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) is Britain’s oldest, and one of its most prestigious independent research institutes. We specialise in applied social and economic research, combining high academic standards with relevance to policy making. Our reputation for quality and independence, outstanding networks and unrivalled location at the heart of Westminster makes us the ideal base to build a national profile for academic or policy research that makes real impact.
NIESR is a member of the core team directing the new Productivity Institute, which is hosted at the Alliance Manchester Business School and which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of its largest single investment into social sciences research. The Productivity Institute’s mission is to help policy and business leaders across the UK understand how to improve productivity and living standards in a context of Brexit and recovery from the impact of Covid-19.
The Institute will develop its research agenda and practical business interventions through a programme of regional engagement with policymakers and business leaders from firms of all sizes as well as bodies like HM Treasury, BEIS and the CBI. It will create eight Regional Productivity Fora across the country to work with policy makers on critical productivity issues in the regional context; and it will form a National Productivity Council to work with policy makers on productivity aspects of nation-wide policies.
NIESR is co-hosting the theme on institutions, governance and policy, under the joint leadership of Professor Adrian Pabst, NIESR’s Deputy Director and Professor Andrew Westwood at the University of Manchester.
We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the team. The purpose of the role is to conduct independent research in the field of productivity and public policy, as well as contribute to collaborative research and policy work. The successful candidate will undertake their own research in the area of productivity, with a focus on governance, institutions and policy. They will publish high-quality research as well as co-author publications in internationally leading journals. They are also expected to help with research-based policy work by preparing background information and organising policy-focused events.
The experience, skills and abilities that we are looking for in the successful candidate are:
- PhD in economics, politics, public policy or another relevant social science, or equivalent qualification or experience.
- Experience in the practical application of a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods.
- Demonstrable experience of working with datasets, maintaining up-to-date data with a high standard of data integrity, and high-quality analysis.
- Experience of drafting complex reports/policy proposals with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
- Experience with working collaboratively across teams, institutions or organisations to achieve specific outcomes.
- A strong academic record with previous experience of writing academic journals to submit for publication.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
- High degree of self-motivation and ability to work under pressure while maintaining a high degree of accuracy.
- Effective project and time management skills, including timely recording and reporting and the ability to prioritise multiple conflicting tasks to meet strict deadlines.
- Ability to work independently without the need for constant supervision.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to adapt communication style to present complex information and ideas to a variety of audiences, including academics, the media and the general public.
- Knowledge of standard software packages, particularly MS Office and standard data analysis packages.
- Strong interest in real world economic and policy developments.
Please access the job description and person specification HERE for full details of the role.
To apply for this role, please send full CV and a covering letter of no more than 1,500 words setting out your suitability for and interest in this post. Your covering letter should address the essential requirements outlined in the person specification: please number each point and address these one at a time to ensure that we are able to fully consider how your experience, skills and abilities meet the needs of the post.
Applications should be sent to Fran Leadbeater via email: hr [at] niesr.ac.uk. In your application, please include the following:
- Where you saw the advert
- Approximate start date
- Details of at least two referees, covering the last two years of employment. NIESR will seek references prior to the interview, so should you not wish us to contact any of your referees in advance, please make this clear.
If you would like any further information about the post, please contact Prof Adrian Pabst: a.pabst [at] niesr.ac.uk.
Closing date for applications is Friday 13th November.
Interviews will be held on Thursday 26th November.
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.