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Research Fellow in Development Economics

UCL - Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

Location: London
Salary: £36,770 to £44,388 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance (grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 27th September 2021
Closes: 25th October 2021
Job Ref: 1878915

Interview Date: TBC

The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) is a cross-UCL Institute, which aims to lead research, knowledge exchange, and advanced teaching in the area of risk and disaster reduction. IRDR aims to achieve leadership in risk and disaster reduction both in the UK and internationally. It operates across UCL’s faculties, spanning physical and environmental sciences, statistics, engineering, medicine, global health, and social sciences in order to contribute to UCL’s Grand Challenges. 

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on the project “Future Indonesian Tsunamis: Towards End-to-end Risk Quantification (FITTER)’ funded by the Lloyd's Tercentenary Research Foundation, the Lighthill Risk Network and the Lloyd's Register Foundation-Data Centric Engineering Programme of the Alan Turing Institute.

The successful candidate will evaluate short and longer-term consequences arising from natural disasters in Indonesia and support with the development an index capturing social vulnerability using longitudinal household survey and administrative data.

The work will inform the larger FITTER project that merges geophysics and economics to assess natural disaster risk together with colleagues from the Department of Statistical Sciences, UCL, Brunel University and Indonesia.

The successful candidate will play an important role in advancing academic and stakeholder community understanding of the consequences of natural disasters, cascading risks and costs.

The position is available immediately, funded for 10 months in the first instance. It is based at the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction in London with the postholder contributing to the activities and events of the research team and departments.

We are seeking a candidate with a PhD in Economics, Development Economics or a closely related subject such as Development Studies. They should have a thorough knowledge of development economics, impact evaluation techniques using non-experimental data, strong skills in Stata and experience in working with longitudinal household survey data.

The successful applicant will also have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English to a wide variety of audiences; computer and software skills; organisational and independent working skills. They should be able to work collaboratively with a diversity of colleagues and students; have a commitment to high quality research; contribute to scientific and popular science dissemination; and contribute to the the IRDR multidisciplinary and multi-cultural intellectual environment.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £32,217 - £33,958 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Rozana Himaz,

If you have any queries about the application process or are unable to apply online, please contact the departmental manager on

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23.59. 

Interview date: 2 November 2021

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