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Director of Microeconomic and Social Research

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) is Britain’s longest established independent research institute, and one of the most prestigious. We specialise in high quality academic research, relevant to the economic and social forces affecting people’s lives, with funding from the ESRC, major foundations, and a wide range of public and corporate bodies. Based in the heart of Westminster, our exceptional user networks make NIESR an ideal location to develop research, disseminate it and influence policy. From 2019, this area of our work is underpinned by the award of an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account; we are one of only two non-universities to achieve this status. Further information on our work is available at

Reflecting the policy-focussed nature of our work, we are seeking to appoint to a new post, that of Director of Microeconomics and Social Research (DMSR), to lead our work across three current areas – Trade, Productivity and Investment, Employment and Labour markets and Education and Social Policy. The teams currently comprise 12-15 researchers working on frontier projects that attracted significant external funding in the last financial year. The research staff are talented, ambitious and have significant potential to expand their work areas. The teams comprise both economists and staff from other social science disciplines.

This new position will be expected to lead the Institute’s research in applied microeconometric and social research into a research centre with significant and long-term funding. The DMSR will develop, design and lead on a number of concurrent research projects within areas of expertise and manage projects. We would expect the incoming DMSR to have a significant national and international presence, and develop this further through NIESR’s extensive networks. The appointee will actively draw on their external networks to develop research proposals of national and international significance so that funding targets are achieved for own role, other team members and for the Institute, combining policy significance with output in highly-regarded journals.


Location: Central London - NIESR offices at 2 Dean Trench Street, Westminster.
Contractual provision: Full-time or Substantial Part-Time (possibly on secondment from a University Post).
Proposed salary range: Professorial Scale
Other: USS membership is available, 30 days annual leave, some flexibility in working hours, potential to work from home one day per week by agreement


Reports to: Director
Responsible for: 12-15 staff comprising staff on Principal, Senior and Economist / Research Grades, based in a number of groups or clusters.
Key relationships (internal and external): NIESR staff and Trustees, external funders/audiences to develop contacts/potential sources of funding, initiate proposals, publicise research and represent NIESR.


Research Leadership

  • Provide strategic and intellectual leadership for NIESR’s programme of microeconomic and social research;
  • Develop and implement NIESR's programme of microeconomic research and maximise the impact of that work in policy circles and in the media;
  • Provide the focal point for NIESR's research-led view on individual, household and firmlevel developments, both in the UK and internationally;
  • Work closely with senior colleagues, in particular the Research Director in Microeconometrics, Professor Peter Dolton and the Director of the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence, Rebecca Riley, managing projects and staff working on microeconomic areas of research and providing intellectual motivation.


  • Draw on and develop networks/leads for potential sources of funding and engage with senior contacts at strategic level;
  • Support the Directors in developing new sources of funding;
  • Prepare and draft research bids and proposals with support from other team members.

Further details

  • Build a research cluster and eventually a Centre concentrating on household and firmlevel decision-making and well-being outcomes, related to existing teams at NIESR working on productivity, employment and social policy.
  • Oversee the design of research programmes/models, the setting up and conduct of research using appropriate methodologies.
  • Project manage research activities and grant conditions for own area. and ensure progress reports are submitted, as required, to funders with projects delivered to budget;
  • Provide leadership to NIESR’s microeconomics and social research areas;
  • Ensure the teams are appropriately funded, individually and collectively;
  • Prepare and present findings of research activity for research and policy stakeholders and for peer review. Draft and submit high quality academic and/or policy research output for academic publications, reports, model features, and newspaper or website articles. Oversee activities where research is being led by other team members;
  • In tandem with the Directors, plan and implement strategy to disseminate/promote research more widely and achieve maximum impact on public, policymakers and opinion-formers;

Staff management and development

  • Direct reports: senior members of the micro teams.
  • Lead, manage and support direct reports. Ensure appropriate staff are recruited, motivated and developed, including carrying out appraisals, providing training and advising on professional development.

Further Information

Please contact the Director, Professor Jagjit S. Chadha,, or on 020 7654 1914, for an informal discussion or further information.

Application Procedure

Please apply to Ruth Hallesy at by close of business on 9th September 2019 with a covering letter, CV and the names of four referees. Emailed applications should include the subject line ‘YOUR NAME - Director – Microeconomics and Social Research’.

Due to the large number of applications we usually receive, we regret that it may only be possible to contact shortlisted applicants.

Location: London
Salary: Professorial Scale
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 25th June 2019
Closes: 25th August 2019
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