Research Assistants (Up to 3 posts available)

London School of Economics and Political Science - Department of Economics

Fixed-term for one year initially, with possibility of extension to two years. The posts commence in June 2018.

Professor Nava Ashraf, Marshall Institute Research Director and Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, is seeking up to three Research Assistants for the academic year 2018-19 to join the economics research group at the Marshall Institute. Professor Ashraf's work tests insights from behavioural economics in the context of large-scale field experiments around the world in health, education, finance and employee motivation.

Research Assistants will be involved in the design and start-up phase of numerous upcoming field experiments, work in teams with Professors and PhD students on data analysis, and have the chance to be engaged in policy and practitioner outreach. Current projects are located in Zambia and London, using a model of co-generation of knowledge in collaboration with field partners e.g. government offices, NGOs, philanthropic organisations and for-profit firms, to support project implementation.

Your responsibilities as a Research Assistant will include a variety of tasks that provide preparation for excellent PhD programmes in economics. You will have a strong sense of independence and entrepreneurship while interacting regularly with Professors, PhD students and other collaborators in a team-oriented environment. You will also be able to take advantage of the academic community at LSE, including, attending public events. This role serves as an ideal bridge into postgraduate studies for students interested in empirical economics.

Applicants will be completing (or have completed) a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) or Master’s degree in economics or other related discipline, by the post start date. You must have a strong interest in field experiments and collaboration with policy practitioners and private sector partners. You must have strong quantitative and data analysis skills as well as experience with electronic data collection platforms and familiarity with randomised controlled trials. You must be confident with the use of different data management software and be proficient in the use of STATA, Matlab or R. You must also have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to convey complex technical information in a clear and accurate manner.

The other criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found on the person specification, which is attached to this vacancy on the LSE’s online recruitment system.

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification linked to in the advert on the LSE website.

To apply for this post, please go to If you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the “contact us” links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email

The closing date for receipt of applications is 31st January 2018 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

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