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Research Officer in Data Science: Quantitative Research

London School of Economics and Political Science - Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science

Location: London
Salary: From £40,229 to £48,456 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £52,095 pa inclusive of London allowance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 5th February 2024
Closes: 25th February 2024

LSE is committed to building a diverse, equitable and truly inclusive university 

The Inclusion Initiative (TII) 

Salary from £40,229 to £48,456 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £52,095 pa inclusive of London allowance 

This is a fixed-term appointment for 1 year, expected to commence no later than 3 June 2024

The successful candidate will join a team comprising researchers from LSE, UCL, IFS and Sheffield on a £2 million ESRC-funded Diversity and Productivity research project. They will contribute to the research objectives of the project with a focus on research that involves big data in collaboration with Citi investment bank. 

The postholder will be expected to contribute to linking diversity and inclusion to measures of firm productivity using multiple data sets and machine learning approaches. The postholder will have an opportunity to lead, contribute to and publish academic papers and will join a multi-disciplinary team in a friendly, supportive and collaborative environment with a range of opportunities for engaging and helping shape diverse research projects, supporting grant and proposal writing and teaching. 

The successful candidate will have a track record of successful project delivery through independent original research, of planning and executing end-to-end research and have strong programming skills in scripting languages (e.g. Python, R). They will have knowledge of advanced statistical methods typically used for prediction or causal inference in the social sciences and be able to author/co-author papers of peer-reviewed journal article quality. 

The postholder will have a PhD (awarded, or near completion) in computer science, data science, economics, financial engineering, statistics or a related quantitative subject where working with large data sets to achieve causal inference formed a key part OR a MSc in one of these disciplines with evidence of publications in top international journals. They will be a strong team player with excellent communication skills, able to work independently and meet deadlines. 

The successful applicant will take up the post to commence no later than 3 June 2024 and will be expected to be present on the LSE campus at least once per week (exceptions could be made for highly skilled candidates who live outside London). 

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave, hybrid working, 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. 

To apply for this post, please click the 'Apply' button above. 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 TII@lse.ac.uk   

The closing date for receipt of applications is 25 February 2024 (23:59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications. 

Interviews are provisionally scheduled for the weeks commencing 11 and 18 March 2024.

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