Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - College of Social Sciences, Birmingham Business School

Fixed-term for to July 2020

Grade 7/8

2 Posts

The Research Fellow will be based at the Birmingham Business School to support the activities of the City-Region Economic Development Institute (City-REDI). City-REDI team is made up of academics and consultancy services staff as a hybrid approach bringing academic rigour to consultancy delivery. Four world leading professors with expertise in international business, local and regional economic development, innovation and entrepreneurship, skills supply and labour markets and with a cross team focus on a place-based approach to city region growth. All embedded within a Triple A rated Business School and Russell Group university.

The successful applicants would work with other members of the team to develop a systematic or integrated approach to understanding local and regional economies that will facilitate a more effective, long-term framing of regional policy development. In particular, the candidates will contribute to the quantitative team of City-REDI under the leadership of Professor Raquel Ortega-Argilés and will work with international collaborators offering modelling expertise and guidance, whilst also building key strategy links with other similar national and international centres.

The general purposes of the roles are:

  • To contribute to the development of knowledge by undertaking a specific range of activity as part of the City-REDI programme of academic activity, specially geared to developing one or more quantitative regional economic models.
  • To contribute to the assessment of the impacts of different economic policies over time and space.
  • To contribute to wider City-REDI academic activities and development of consultancy products and services in the areas of Regional Economic Development and Regional Policy. The empirical research portfolio includes several themes, including entrepreneurship, economic resilience, inclusive growth and the interdependence of rural and urban areas.

We are looking for a junior (Grade 7) and a senior (Grade 8) candidate with PhDs in economics, economic geography, regional science, applied economics-econometrics or a related discipline. The candidates should have solid quantitative modelling skills in languages such as Stata, R, Matlab and/or GAMs. They should prove  solid experience in regional econometric modelling and/or CGE modelling, input-output, applied econometrics and data mining. The candidates will have excellent communication and writing skills. A record of publications and previous working experience in a similar multidisciplinary environment will be valuable. The candidates need to be able to work well independently and also to function effectively in a team setting. Successful candidates are expected to establish and maintain an internationally recognized research programme. Research Fellow Grade 8 is expected to take a more senior role in the quantitative team by leading some research projects, therefore previous working experience in managing and supervising researchers will be valuable in this case.

Salary £29,799 - £74,259 (Research Fellow salary from £29,799 - £38,832 a year with potential progression (to £41,212 a year) or £39,993 - £47,722 a year with potential progression (to £53,960 a year). (Senior Research Fellow salary from £49,148 - £56,950 a year)

For further information please contact Professor Raquel Ortega-Argiles (

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