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Pre-Doctoral Research Assistant

London Business School - Wheeler Institute for Business and Development

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £30,000 according to qualification and experience
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 19th May 2020
Closes: 30th June 2020

Start Date: Academic year 2020/2021

Duration: Fixed term contract up to two years

Location: London Business School, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4SA

What is the Wheeler Institute research assistant programme? 

The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development at London Business School is seeking to recruit two full-time research assistants to work closely with leading faculty in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management Science and Operations, Marketing, Organisational Behaviour or Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School.

Our pre-doctoral research assistant programme offers a unique opportunity for recent graduates to pursue their career in academic research at a top business school. Successful candidates will be responsible for assisting faculty in a number of tasks, depending on the type of research and the subject area that they are in. Our research assistants will be able to take PhD courses, attend workshops and seminars and access the rich intellectual and cultural campus life. Overall, these researcher positions provide excellent preparation for high-level doctoral studies.

The position is well-suited for those interested in pursuing rigorous research at the intersection of business and development, with a particular focus on developing countries. Previous experience in a similar role is an advantage. 

Daily tasks could include: 

  • Providing research assistance, e.g. in the form of data collection or analysis
  • Participating and helping develop cutting-edge research
  • Coordinating field research in developing countries 

Why get involved? 

  • Opportunity to work closely with faculty spanning Finance, Economics, Accounting, Management Science and Operations, Marketing, Organisational Behaviour or Strategy and Entrepreneurship
  • Access to workshops and seminars and engagement in the rich intellectual and cultural campus life at London Business School
  • Ability to get equipped for high-level doctoral studies
  • Opportunity to create an impact through rigorous research

What kind of person are we looking for? 

  • Outstanding academic background, including completion of an undergraduate degree
  • Great interest in business research for development
  • Desire to create a ‘real world’ impact
  • Excellent organisational and analytical skills
  • Communication, curiosity and strong attention to detail
  • Knowledge of software such as R, Matlab, Python, SAS or Stata could be desirable 

World-class research 

We undertake pioneering research that directly influences business leaders, policymakers and other researchers around the world. Our academics work at the forefront of global business research and teaching. Business leaders, governments, professionals and the media look to us for the latest insights and theory.

We are a global institution. Across our degree programmes, 107 nationalities are represented, with 94% of our students and 86% of our faculty being international. 

Engage with our faculty and PhD programme 

Research-oriented business schools offer some of the most exciting and well-resourced environments in which to conduct interdisciplinary social science.

The LBS PhD programme educates outstanding scholars who are sought by leading business schools, universities and other research institutions. It leverages the School’s acclaimed research faculty, provides generous funding and infrastructural support. Our PhD graduates hold faculty positions at many leading business schools, including Columbia, Stanford, Harvard, MIT, and Yale. Entry level faculty positions at leading business schools offer annual salaries in the $200,000 - $250,000 range.

Joining the Wheeler Institute’s pre-doctoral research assistant programme provides insight into LBS’s PhD programme and the opportunity for you to apply to it. 

How to apply

Please create your Interfolio account and submit your application here:

Required documents:

(i) Cover letter

(ii) CV with full educational history and including any relevant professional experience, knowledge of statistical/econometric software

(iii) Two reference letters

(iv) Completed Diversity Monitoring Form

We hope to be able to close the application process on Tuesday, 30 June 2020, with the intention to interview in July/August, and commence in September/October. However, we may have to reassess the time-lines of our recruitment process based on the UK government’s COVID-19 regulations. Should this be the case, we will get in touch with applicants and update our website accordingly.

London Business School is an equal opportunities employer. Inclusion and Diversity have always been the cornerstone of London Business School's values and we particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority as they are currently under-represented within our research faculty.

Download our candidate pack.


We look forward to hearing from you. Further information about the role or to ask any questions, please visit or get in touch with: 

Trias Kolokitha-Schmitz

Wheeler Institute for Business and Development 

Research Manager, PhD

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