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Research Associate

University of Sheffield - Department of Economics

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £32,344 to £40,927 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd June 2022
Closes: 21st July 2022
Job Ref: UOS033477
 

The Department of Economics wishes to recruit a Research Associate to work on a project studying the relationship between digital poverty and deprivation.

The candidate should have completed, or be close to completion, a PhD in economics, geography or related studies, with strong quantitative analytical skills and a research interest in inequality, digital poverty, policy evaluation, urban economics, labour economics and the economics of education.

The candidate should have previous experience in econometric analysis with difference-in-differences, propensity score matching, synthetic control and other quantitative methodologies for policy and RCT evaluation. Ideally, the candidate should also have experience in designing, developing and conducting randomised control trials and natural experiment in social science settings, and in designing, deploying, collecting and analysing surveys.

The ideal candidate will have high level of soft skills in dealing with academic, governmental, not-for-profit and local community organisations. Previous experience working with a group of research assistants and community researchers would be a plus.

They will actively co-design the research objectives with the rest of the team, initiating and implementing the evaluation of a natural experiment, managing research assistants and resources. They will participate in all project meetings and seminars.

The candidate will be required to conduct research independently, identifying related literature, write up research work for publication. They will also be asked to disseminate research findings through the production of academic papers and policy briefs for academic journals, policymakers and other stakeholders, presenting the findings at academic conferences and policy seminars.

The Department of Economics is one of the largest departments in the Faculty with an ambition to grow further. We have a friendly, collegiate and culturally diverse team. We are an international department which currently comprises approximately 40 academics, 15 professional services staff, 30 PhD students as well as post-doctoral fellows and visiting academics.

We provide research-led economics teaching, exposing students to the latest developments in the discipline so they become critical thinkers, analytical problem solvers and independent researchers.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

As an equal opportunities employer, we particularly welcome applications from women and from Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds as they are currently underrepresented in this area. All appointments will be made on merit of skill and experience relative to the role.

Follow @sheffielduni and @ShefUniJobs on Twitter for more information about what makes the University of Sheffield a remarkable place to work.

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