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
- Economists - closing date 16th 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.
Staring salary £30-36,000; depending on experience. Excellent pension and holiday benefits.
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research is Britain’s oldest, and one of its most prestigious independent research institutes. It specialises in applied social and economic research, combining high academic standards with relevance to policy making. Our reputation for quality, outstanding networks and unrivalled location at the heart of Westminster makes us the ideal place to start or develop your career in economic research. Many staff stay to build their careers here, and those that move on do so for rewarding and high-profile opportunities in institutions such as the Bank of England, HM Treasury and the OECD. We also collaborate with leading universities throughout the UK and internationally. Further information about NIESR is available at www.niesr.ac.uk.
We are recruiting staff at Economist level to work in the Trade, Investment and Productivity team. The team is organised around a number of high-level policy issues in the UK. At the moment these concern the drivers of growth and productivity in modern economies with a focus on the productivity puzzle and the digital economy, structural reasons for long-term spatial economic disparities, and the implications of large economic shocks and uncertainty – such as leaving the European Union – on trade, productivity and global value chains, and the labour market.
These positions are on a full time, permanent basis with starting dates between September 2019 and early 2020. We are open to proposals for secondments or jointly funded positions with universities. In addition to the salary benefits specified above, NIESR offers access to the defined benefit Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), thirty days annual leave and flexible working.
- Contribute to our applied microeconomics work, in a range of fields, including international trade, productivity and innovation, economic measurement, labour markets and regional/spatial economics;
- Work on topical and relevant projects commissioned by government departments, research councils, international organisations and charitable trusts; currently we have a number of projects commissioned by The Department for Business, Energy and the Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Department of International Trade (DIT), and the European Commission;
- Potentially contribute to the research programme and wider work of the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (www.escoe.ac.uk). ESCoE is an independent research centre supported by the Office for National Statistics, hosted at NIESR, whose work addresses the challenges of measuring the modern economy. Current research projects will investigate measurement issues in the digital economy, measurement issues around internationalisation;
- Contribute to preparation of research proposals and opportunities to develop own original ideas;
- Contribute to the presentation of research findings to external audiences/funders at conferences/seminars as part of the wider team;
- Excellent opportunities for dissemination and wider public engagement through the NIESR Impact Acceleration Account, which has core funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Staff at Economist level will have a recent postgraduate qualification or will be in the final stages of completing a PhD, with strong quantitative and econometric skills, and a keen interest in applied research and public policy. He or she will be willing to actively contribute to the design and implementation of research projects, and support in the preparation of outputs and reports. The successful candidate should also have excellent organisational skills, and an ability to use own initiative, as well as to work collaboratively and as part of a team. Experience with Stata or R are essential.
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: Costandina Antoniou via email: hr [at] niesr.ac.uk with the subject line ‘Name – Application for role of Economist’.
The covering letter must specify the approximate date you would be available to start work, together with confirmation of any restrictions on your right to work in the United Kingdom and any existing salary details.
Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 16th September.
Interviews are likely to be held during the week beginning 23rd September, and candidates are asked to indicate if they have any known restrictions on their availability during those dates.
We are only able to acknowledge shortlisted applicants, due to the substantial number of applications usually received. The Institute is nonetheless very grateful for your application and would like to take this opportunity to thank all candidates for their interest.
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.