Senior Research Officer

University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research

Institute for Social and Economic Research
The Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex wishes to appoint a talented and ambitious researcher with a background in quantitative social sciences (sociology, human geography, psychology, economics) and expertise in quantitative secondary data analysis to work with Dr. Gundi Knies (ISER) and Dr. Patricia Melo (ISEG, University of Lisbon) on a Nuffield Foundation funded research project “Investigating People-Place Effects in the UK using Linked Longitudinal Survey and Administrative Data”. The post is based at ISER, home to the ESRC funded research centre for Micro-social Change ( and Understanding Society (

Role and Duties
The successful candidate will be responsible for working along with the project team in all aspects of the project: reviewing the relevant research literature, collating and documenting data sources, analysing data, preparing academic papers for publication and disseminating research findings. The post holder is expected to also develop their own professional career and time is set aside for this.

Qualifications and Skills required
Applicants should have a PhD in a social science discipline with a strong quantitative focus or a Master’s degree with a track record of academic publications in quantitative social science and near completion of a PhD.

The successful candidate should have experience in working with secondary data sets and conducting advanced statistical analysis; have experience of managing data and working within ethical guidelines; have experience writing manuscripts for publication in academic journals; and research interests in economic outcomes and/or subjective outcomes.

Computer literacy with familiarity of Windows-based software and advanced statistical packages; good written and verbal communication and organisational skills; the ability to work effectively and collaborate in a multi-disciplinary team and to deadlines; accuracy and an eye for detail; and self-motivation and initiative are all essential qualities required of applicants.

Ideally the successful candidate would start on 1 January 2018 (the date on which the grant starts) or as soon as possible thereafter. The post is fixed-term, full-time for 22 months (FTE). There is a possibility of renewal to further exploit the data generated in this project, subject to funding and performance of the post.

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