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
- Economic Assistant to NIESR's Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting Team - closing date midday 10th June 2019
- Research Officer (Rebuilding Macroeconomics) - closing date 17th June 2019
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.
NIESR is looking to recruit an Economic Assistant to join its Macroeconomic modelling and Forecasting team on a fixed-term contract of 13 months. The team provides a large-scale global econometric model (NiGEM) to users in the policy community, such as the OECD and ECB as well as national central banks and finance ministries across the world. The successful candidate will take responsibility for maintenance and upkeep of NiGEM’s historical database.
The position would be particularly suitable as work experience for recent graduates at the undergraduate or master’s level before going on to further post-graduate study.
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research is Britain’s longest established independent economic research institute. It specialises in applied research, combining high academic standards with relevance to policy making. NIESR’s Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting team maintains and develops a peer reviewed large-scale global econometric model, NiGEM (see here for details). The model is used to produce detailed quarterly macroeconomic forecasts with the output published in the National Institute Economic Review. Our model subscribers include many of the world’s major central banks and finance ministries and multi-lateral bodies such as the OECD. NiGEM is also often used for policy simulations in both applied and academic contexts.
NIESR’s macroeconomic modelling and forecasting team is currently seeking to recruit economic assistant to join our global macroeconomic modelling and forecasting team (salary of £22,500 per annum). The post is offered as a 13 month fixed-term contract.
The successful candidate will take responsibility for maintenance and upkeep of NiGEM’s historical database, which is a vital component of NiGEM. The NiGEM database is provided to external model users as part of NiGEM package and represents a key input into NIESR’s own forecast and model development work.
Database maintenance and upkeep
- Update macroeconomic and financial variables on the database of the global econometric model from a variety of sources.
- Ensure that documentation of sources is up-to-date.
- Check the validity of updates.
- Find new sources for variables in support of model maintenance and development.
- Support the development of the database as appropriate.
Macroeconomic modelling and forecasting
- Provide data analysis and general research support to the Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting team.
- Support the recruitment and retention of model subscribers.
- Support with administrative tasks for research projects, including the dissemination of report findings.
- Assist with team administration.
- Undergraduate degree in Economics, Econometrics or related field
- Strong numerical skills
- Keen attention to detail and ability to work to tight deadlines
- Ability to work within a team
- Expert knowledge of Excel
- Experience of working with large datasets
- An understanding of national accounts systems and statistics
- Previous experience of using Datastream would be an advantage
The candidate will be appointed on a salary of £22,500. In addition NIESR will offer a contribution to an appropriate pension scheme.
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 e-mail hr [at] niesr.ac.uk with the subject line ‘Economic Assistant Application [Your Name]’.
The covering letter must state whether you require a visa to work in the UK, and if so, your current visa status. It should also specify the approximate date you would be available to start work. We expect the role to commence in mid-August.
Closing date for applications is midday 10th June 2019. We intend to hold interviews between 17th and 21st June inclusive. Due to the large number of applications we usually receive, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
We are looking to recruit a full-time Research Officer to work with Dr Angus Armstrong, Director of Rebuilding Macroeconomics. The successful candidate also will work with members of our management group and research hub leaders (see our website for full details). S/he will assist with research projects, support the drafting of blogs, newsletters and research calls and the dissemination of findings of the research projects we have funded. S/he will be expected to take forward their own research interests and play a full part in a small but committed team.
The most important credentials are being collaborative and a team player; a deep interest in and knowledge of macroeconomics; and excellent interpersonal skills. We particularly welcome applications from females and BME candidates.
This is a fixed term appointment for up to 21 months at a salary of £25,474 p.a. In addition NIESR contributes to a pension scheme and provide 30 days annual leave (FTE) for all staff. The post is expected to begin in September 2019, and will finish no later than 1 May 2021
Provides research assistance on projects as required, providing general facilitation of project activities and supporting other work related to the network’s activities
- Perform supervised research
- Conduct focussed literature reviews
- Bring together findings from funded research projects
- Assist with the ‘road map’ of future research
- Provide general research assistance and research related research for stakeholders
- Drafts findings of research activity for senior review
- Supports the drafting of progress reports on research for stakeholders
- Dissemination and communications
- Help draft research output for wider dissemination across various media
- Assists with putting together presentation material as required
- Support and develop our social media presence
- Contributes to the overall activities of Rebuilding Macroeconomics
- Undertakes other duties related to the job purpose which may be necessary
- Supports the work of the wider NIESR organization as appropriate.
- Represents Rebuilding Macroeconomics and NIESR in a professional manner to stakeholders and all audiences
- Is flexible within the broad remit of the post
- Responsible for health, safety, welfare of self, other members of staff and visitors.
- Master’s or PhD candidate in economics, preferably with specialisation in macroeconomics
- Knowledge of a range of research techniques, other disciplines and methodologies
- Experience of managing datasets and conducting literature reviews
- Experience of writing-up research and contributing to seminars and workshops
Skills & Attributes
- Truly excellent communication skills – able to deliver information in a clear and coherent way to a range of audiences via a range of media, written and in person
- Proactive, with excellent organisational skills with ability to work independently and prioritise workloads
- Good attention to detail and work management
- Ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team, showing respect to colleagues at all levels of the organisation
- Flexible, resilient and able and prepared to work occasionally out of office hours
- Familiarity with social media and website management to support academic research
How to apply:
Applicants should send 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] Research Officer application’.
The covering letter must state whether you require a visa to work in the UK, and if so, your current visa status. Please also specify the approximate date you would be available to start work.
Closing date for applications – 23.59 on Monday 17 June 2019. Provisional date for interviews – fortnight commencing Monday 1 July 2019.
Due to the large number of applications we usually receive, we regret that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
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.