At IFS, we recruit top-quality economists. We specialise in the economic analysis of public policy, bridging the gap between purely academic research and issues of practical policy design or evaluation. You will carry out in-depth economic research and communicate your findings to politicians, journalists, academics and others such as campaigning groups and professional organisations.

You will work closely with colleagues in a small team as well as with other teams across the Institute; your colleagues will include policy experts and leading academics from the UK and overseas. We will support you in developing your skills, through further study, ad hoc training and by giving you opportunities to get involved with all aspects of research and communication right from the start.

We recruit for research economists, summer students and research scholars each year. Recruitment starts in October, with application deadlines at the end of the following January and interviews in February. Successful applicants would expect to start work in the autumn (or summer for the summer student programme). More information about these jobs can be found in the menu on the right. Throughout the year, we occasionally recruit for temporary research assistants. There are no vacancies advertised at the moment, but if you have any questions about working at IFS, please email

Case study - Carl Emmerson

Deputy Director

Carl joined IFS in 1996.

Find out more

Case study - Ellen Greaves

Research Economists, Skills research programme

Ellen joined IFS in 2009 after working for two years at CMPO in Bristol.

Find out more