Research Assistant

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

The National Institute of Economic Research NIESR 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.

We are looking to recruit a full-time Research Assistant to work closely with Dr Angus Armstrong, Director of the Rebuilding Macroeconomics Network, on research projects and other work related to the activities of the Network. The postholder will be expected to work independently and to liaise regularly with internal and external collaborators, reporting to Dr Armstrong as required, and carrying out her/his own research and administrative activities. This is a fixed term appointment for two years offered at a salary of £25,474. In addition NIESR contributes to a pension scheme and provide 30 days annual leave FTE for all staff.

Main purposes of the job:

Provides research assistance on projects as required, providing general facilitation of project activities and supporting other work related to the activities of the Network.

Key responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator:

Research activities

  • Assists with elements of project design as appropriate.
  • Performs supervised research activities.
  • Conducts focused literature reviews.
  • Assists with the collection, analysis and presentation of quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Provides general research assistance and research related administrative support.

Report writing

  • Drafts findings of research activity for senior review.
  • Supports the drafting of progress reports on research for stakeholders.

Dissemination and communications

  • Helps with the drafting of research output for wider dissemination across various media.
  • Assists with putting together presentation material as required.


  • Contributes to the overall activities of their Network.
  • Undertakes any other duties related to the job purpose which may be necessary to the work of the role.
  • Supports the work of the wider NIESR team as appropriate.
  • Represents both the Network and 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.
  • Provides support as appropriate to the Director and the Chief Operating Officer.

Person Specification


  • Masters in Economics, preferably with a specialisation in Macroeconomics;
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies;


  • Experience of managing datasets, conducting literature reviews, and interpreting and analysing patterns or trends in data;
  • Experience of report writing and of contributing to seminars and workshops;

Skills & Attributes

  • 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;
  • 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

To apply:

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: with the subject line ‘[Your name] Research Assistant application’.

The covering letter must state whether you require a visa to work in the UK, and if so, your current visa status. We expect the role to commence as soon as possible, so please specify the approximate date you would be available to start work.

Closing date for applications – Monday 21st August 2017. Shortlisted candidates may be contacted prior to this date. Provisional date for interviews – fortnight commencing Wednesday 30th August 2017.

Due to the large number of applications we usually receive, we regret that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.