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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 annually for research economists, post-doctoral fellows, graduate scholars and summer students. We also consider applications for senior economists on an ongoing basis.

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For more information about working at the IFS, you can download our 2020-21 recruitment brochure or watch our video below

Working at the IFS

Current job vacancies
Salary from £36,000 per annum
Apply from September 2020
Closing date 9 November 2020
Each year IFS recruits a number of outstanding economists to join our research teams. Applications are open for applicants wishing to start work in autumn 2021.
Current job vacancies
Salary £405 per week
Apply from September 2020
Closing date 15 January 2021
IFS offers several placements each summer to economics students who are interested in how microeconomics can be applied to public policy issues and who are considering a career in economic research.
Current job vacancies
Salary from £38,000 per annum
Apply from September 2020
Closing date 20 November 2020
The Institute for Fiscal Studies is recruiting outstanding post-doctoral economists to join our research teams.
Current job vacancies
Salary £40,000-45,000 per annum
Apply from September 2020
Closing date 16 October 2020
The IFS is seeking an outstanding Country Programme Manager for the Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TaxDev).
Current job vacancies
Salary £28,000-32,000
Apply from September 2020
Closing date 16 October 2020
The IFS is seeking a Project Support Officer for the Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TaxDev). This is an exciting opportunity for an outstanding candidate to work with researchers and policymakers across four countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and internationally, and gain varied experience in project management, funder liaison, and international development.

Case studies

Senior Research Economist, Education research programme
Jack joined the IFS in 2013.
Research Economist, Pensions and Public Finance research programme
Ben joined the IFS in 2017.
Research economist, Income, Work and Welfare programme
Agnes joined the IFS in 2016
Senior Research Economist, Direct Tax and Welfare Research Programme
David joined IFS in 2007.
Deputy Director
Carl joined IFS in 1996.
Senior Research Economist, Productivity and Innovation Programme
Martin joined IFS in 2008.
Research Economist, Pensions and Public Finances
George joined IFS in 2011.
Research Economist, Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies
Alison joined the IFS in 2013.

Related information

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This was the introduction to a public economics lecture day presenting IFS work on public economics topics and dsicussing working in economic research in general and at the IFS in particular.