Research Assistant in Development Economics

University of Oxford - Centre for African Economies, Department of Economics

The Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) at the Department of Economics are excited to offer one or more Research Assistant posts for a candidate with a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline to work on a number of projects.

One set of projects are in political economy: supporting analysis on a randomised controlled trial on the effects of providing information from polls on voter turnout and partisan preferences in South Africa; supporting the roll out of fieldwork and analysing data on an evaluation of the effect of cash transfers on civic participation and contributions to public goods in Kenya; developing funding proposals for a randomised controlled trial on the effects of providing information about corruption.

A second set of projects are in behavioural economics, including data analysis for a randomised controlled trial testing active labour markets interventions in South Africa and on a study to examine effects of short video-based psychological interventions on economic outcomes.

The Research Assistant will work directly with the team of collaborators and with field teams at Innovations for Poverty Action in Kenya and JPAL-Africa in South Africa. They will have the opportunity to engage with the large community of development economists at the Centre of the Study of African Economies and in the broader Oxford community.

Applications are welcome from you if you have or are close to completion of a Master’s degree in a relevant field (economics, public policy or development studies with a focus on development economics or psychology with a quantitative focus) as well as experience of and a continuing interest in development economics and political economy. Experience of working in/supporting lab and field experiments is a must as is experience of living in developing countries. Furthermore, you will possess excellent communication skills and have the ability to innovate and work effectively with colleagues; have the ability to carry out independent quantitative research and possess strong skills in; writing; statistics/econometrics; data analysis; STATA (knowledge); impact evaluation as well having the ability to carry out household surveys.

For further details about the post, please refer to the further particulars.

Applications are to be made online by 12.00 noon on Wednesday 27 September 2017. Interviews are expected to take place on in early October 2017.

This role will not attract sufficient points to obtain a sponsored tier 2 visa under the points based immigration system, however applications are very welcome from candidates who don’t currently have the right to work in the UK, but who would be eligible to obtain a visa via another route.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy is changing. With effect from October 1 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above will have a retirement age of 68, and all employees at Grades 6 and 7 will no longer have a set retirement age. Further details are available at:

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