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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Economics

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £29,605 to £33,966 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th February 2024
Closes: 15th March 2024
Job Ref: JH40548

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 14 April 2025 in the first instance.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and well-organised Research Assistant to join the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge. Our research is focused on conducting, in the first instance, a landscape study of the field of religion and economic development. The project is led by Professor Sriya Iyer under the Social Consequences of Religion Initiative (SCORE), funded by the Templeton Religion Trust. SCORE is a multi-decade, multi-national and multi-pronged effort to evaluate the effects of religious belief, behaviour and institutions on crucial domains of human life.

We are looking for a highly independent Research Assistant with a track record of timely project delivery, strong communication skills and an excellent work ethic. The Research Assistant will be involved in preliminary drafting of a White Paper on religion and economic development, and will work under the supervision of Professor Iyer.

Candidates are expected to have a PhD, or be close to obtaining one, in economics or related disciplines.

Candidates should have experience of working with large quantitative datasets and will be involved in helping set up a database of research articles on this topic, as well as conducting a meta-analysis of the research.

Successful applicants will become an integral and valued member of a multidisciplinary group and will also have to liaise with members of an international Advisory Board for this project, a Research Grant Coordinator based in Cambridge, and other academic members of SCORE. Responsibilities of the role include helping conduct a large literature review, analysing the findings, helping draft the White Paper, and conducting a meta-analysis of the findings. Some interest in the field of the economics of religion is desirable; and strong statistical and quantitative skills are essential for this post.

Applications should consist of:

  • A curriculum vitae;
  • Expression of interest cover letter;
  • Job market paper or sample chapter from dissertation;
  • Supplementary material such as other available research papers can be included;

Three references will be sought upon receipt of the application and contact details should be included in the cover letter.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please click on the apply button above.

Informal enquiries about the role may be directed to Professor Sriya Iyer (si105@.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference JH40548 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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