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Research Assistant

London School of Economics and Political Science - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)

Location: London
Salary: £31,960 to £36,705 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £39,432 pa inclusive of London allowance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th August 2022
Closes: 31st August 2022

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Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)

Research Assistant

Salary from £31,960 to £36,705 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £39,432 pa inclusive of London allowance

Fixed term appointment for 1 year (with option to renew for 2 years)

The Centre for Economic Performance is seeking to appoint a full-time research assistant (“pre-doc”) in the education and skills programme for a one-year period.

Led by Professor Sandra Mcnally, the role-holder will provide assistance on a number of projects relating to education and skills. This will involve quantitatively analysing data on students, educational institutions, and local authorities. The role will assist with cleaning, merging and preparation of large micro data sources for modelling and analysis. The Research Assistant will primarily focus on data and initial analysis under guidance from research supervisors and will help model clearly defined areas of analysis.

The successful candidate should have an undergraduate degree in Economics or other quantitative discipline. They should also hold a Masters in Economics or other quantitative science discipline.  

Essential criteria include: Advanced experience of using Stata or similar programs for analysing large scale micro data sets. Knowledge of and interest in education and skills policy and applied microeconomics more generally. Experience working with confidential administrative data in a secure data environment. Ability to perform literature reviews and search for data sources. Ability to interpret and analyse patterns or trends in data. Ability to perform data work requiring great accuracy and attention to detail. Ability to think through economic problems analytically and identify appropriate methods of economic investigation. Experience of execution and write up of independent research projects such as an undergraduate or masters’ thesis. Ability to work independently, without close supervision. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to convey complex technical material in simple and clear terms. Experience of communicating research findings to decision makers outside academia. Experience of providing project research assistance.

Visit https://cep.lse.ac.uk/ for information about the Centre for Economic Performance

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.

If you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the “contact us” links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email c.h.tocock@lse.ac.uk

The closing date for receipt of applications is 31st August 2022 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

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