Research Associate, (2 years fixed term)

Imperial College London - Department of Finance

South Kensington Campus

Imperial College Business School wishes to recruit a Research Associate to work with Professor James Sefton on a research programme funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The research programme is entitled “Changes in the distribution of resources across generations in both the UK and the US” and is a collaborative project with Kings College, the University of Georgia and the University of California at Berkeley. It is closely linked to the National Transfer Account Research Network ( and the work of the Intergenerational Commission at the Resolution Foundation (

The successful candidate will play a significant role in developing a comprehensive methodology for measuring the allocation of resources across generations; Generational Wealth Accounts. These accounts will extend Generational Accounts to cover both the private and public sectors. The project will prepare accounts for the UK and the US over the period 1975-2012. The results will then be used to assess the sustainability of the consumption plans of both the public and private sectors as well the intergenerational fairness of current policy. Linkages between the generational distribution of resources and the level of wealth held, aggregate investment in both physical and human capital as well as income inequality will also be explored.

Initially, the successful candidate will be involved in co-ordinating and collecting the data. Though a sizeable proportion of the data can be sourced directly from the large-scale UK social and economic surveys, some data will need to be accessed from less readily accessible sources. This work will require familiarity with UK survey data as well as the software skills to build and manage the dataset. The successful candidate will then play a leading role in the ensuing research programme.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in economics, finance, computing or mathematics and experience working with large-scale survey data. Ideally, the candidate would also have been involved in some form of economic modelling project. Familiarity both with the principles of national accounting, and in using STATA would be an advantage.

We offer a lively and supportive environment in which successful candidates will be expected to work on this project but will also have opportunities to realise their broader potential, for example, by pursuing publication of research from their doctoral studies.

To view full details or apply for this job, click on the “Apply” button below. Please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number ICBS 2017 026R into “Keywords”.

Please state clearly the job title and reference number of the post for which you are applying and ensure that your personal statement consists of no more than 1000 words and should state clearly why your research skills are suited to the research programme. Please also submit a copy of your CV.

Alternatively, if you are unable to apply online, please contact Naz Hussain on 020 7594 1583 or email

Closing date: 4 September 2017 (midnight BST)

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