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 from appropriately qualified students 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
- Research Internship (closing date midday Monday 12th February 2018)
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) is one of Britain’s most influential and prestigious independent research centres. It specialises in applied social and economic research, combining high academic standards with relevance to policy making. Further information about NIESR is available at www.niesr.ac.uk
We are looking to recruit a graduate/post graduate intern to work on small macroeconomic projects and assist the Director in his day to day work. The post would suit someone who has completed or intends to study for a postgraduate degree in a relevant social science. The intern will work for the Director, Professor Jagjit Chadha.
Tasks will include conducting searches and reviews of literature, simple data analysis, providing other assistance with projects and general research support and supporting the Director’s work in liaising with key stakeholders. Post holders will receive on the job training by experienced researchers in both research and communicating findings and will have the opportunity to attend events both within the Institute and externally. Contribution to research projects will be acknowledged in reports and other outputs.
The successful candidates will be appointed on a fixed-term contract of three to six months on a pro rata salary equivalent to £18,564 per annum, based on the London Living Wage of £10.20 per hour.
Title Research Associate
Contractual hours: 35 per week
Location: NIESR office at 2 Dean Trench Street, London SW1P 3HE
Main purpose of the job:
Supports research projects as required, collating data for research and performing simple initial analysis to support the project objectives, providing general facilitation of project activities.
Under the supervision of more experienced colleagues:
- Assists with elements of project design as appropriate.
- Provides support to colleagues preparing and drafting research bids and proposals.
- Performs supervised research activities.
- Conducts focused literature reviews.
- Assists with the collection, analysis and presentation of quantative and qualitative data.
- Assists in arranging and running qualitative research, for example, interviews.
- Provides general research assistance and research related administrative support.
- Drafts findings of research activity for senior review.
- Supports the drafting of progress reports on research for funders.
Dissemination and communications
- Helps with the drafting of research output for wider dissemination across various media.
- Assists with putting together presentation material as required.
- Undertakes any other duties related to the job purpose which may be necessary to the work of the role.
- Represents NIESR in a professional manner to stakeholders and all audiences.
- Is flexible within the broad remit of the post.
- Responsible for the health, safety, welfare of self, other members of staff and visitors.
- Attends and participates in NIESR’s performance, development and training programme.
- Abides by NIESR's organisational policies, codes of conduct and practices.
- Graduate in economics or another relevant social science;
- Knowledge of standard software packages.
- Excellent quantitative data analysis
- Experience of carrying our research in one of NIESR’s main areas of focus.
Skills & Attributes
- Excellent written English and strong communication skills;
- Keen attention to detail and ability to work to tight deadlines;
- Highly motivated;
- Ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team, showing respect to colleagues at all levels of the organisation;
- Interest in real world economic and policy developments.
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] Director internship’.
Closing date for applications is midday on Monday 12th February. Interviews will be held in the following fortnight and we would expect the successful application to take up position in March. Due to the large number of applications we usually receive, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted and we are only able to provide feedback to those candidates interviewed.