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Research Fellow in Experimental Evaluation

University of Westminster - Westminster Business School

Location: Central London
Salary: £41,715 to £46,327 per annum (Incl. LWA)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent, Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th April 2020
Closes: 11th June 2020
Job Ref: 50057307

Location: Central London

This post is full time, 35 hours per week and is fixed term for 24 months

The Centre for Employment Research (CER) is a leading UK research centre, specialising in the application of experimental and econometric evaluation techniques that generate high-quality and impartial evidence to inform policy debate and formulation. We have led large-scale investigations across many government departments, with a particular focus on evaluations of labour market programmes and assessments of the returns to education. Many projects analyse large-scale government administrative datasets. Current examples include: the role of education in alleviating labour market disadvantage (using newly-created Longitudinal Education Outcomes data, LEO), the causes and consequences of youth custody (also LEO) and the development of new labour market statistics using tax records. 

We are looking to further strengthen the team with the appointment of a Research Fellow. Applicants should have strong quantitative skills and be experienced in working with large datasets – everything from data cleaning to econometric modelling. Experience of microeconometric evaluation techniques would be particularly welcome. The successful applicant will work initially on an ESRC-funded randomised trial investigating Managerial Competences, Engagement and Productivity. Practical experience of large-scale social experiments would be an advantage. There will be opportunities to work with CER Professors on a variety of other projects.

This is an exciting opportunity for applicants with an eye for detail, an aptitude for cutting-edge quantitative research (Stata and/or R experience a definite plus) and an interest in shaping public policy. We welcome in particular those with imagination and creativity, who will find an environment that provides the freedom to generate new research ideas and encouragement to develop new project proposals and expertise. The successful candidate will join a vibrant research centre, with staff working at the forefront of the discipline.

Please note that the CER website is currently out of date and in the process of a relaunch. Professors Peter Urwin (; Richard Dorsett (; and Franz Buscha ( are happy to discuss any aspect of our work

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Closing date: midnight on 11 June 2020

Interviews are likely to be held on: W/C 22 June 2020

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Please note:  We are unable to accept applications by email. All applications must be made online. CV’s in isolation or incomplete application forms will not be accepted.

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