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Post-Doctoral Fellows

Annual recruitment round

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) recruits outstanding post-doctoral economists to join our research teams.

Applications for Post-Doctoral Fellows will next be open in autumn 2021.

IFS is Europe’s leading centre for microeconomic research and is an authoritative commentator on a wide range of policy issues. It is a politically independent registered charity aiming to bridge the gap between academia and the wider public.

The Research Directors of IFS are Rachel Griffith, Fabien Postel-Vinay and Imran Rasul and IFS has a large number of Research Fellows including Orazio Attanasio, James Banks, Richard Blundell and Eric French, along with many others.

Post-doctoral fellows will work within a team of researchers at IFS whose direction of research fits with the researcher’s expertise and interests. This will likely include a mix of senior academics and IFS research staff. We will work with successful applicants to secure the best fit for their research interests and strengths and to encourage them to develop these to mutual advantage, with a particular focus on academic publication in top international journals.

Researchers based at IFS have access to a range of datasets, with opportunities to work, for example, on administrative data sets on education, health, and labour markets. These can be for the UK and other European countries in which we have close research collaborations. Researchers will also have the opportunity to engage with work using primary collected data by IFS researchers, often in the context of low-income countries, or rich secondary data, often matched to administrative data.

IFS researchers are not only excellent economists, but are able to think creatively about economics and eventually shape their innovative ideas into research programmes. They are keen to use empirical economic analysis to inform policymaking and to pass on their enthusiasm for economics to others, both inside and outside the Institute.

We welcome applications from students expecting to complete a PhD. Salary will vary to reflect the individual’s role and experience.

Applications will be handled via EconJobMarket: https://econjobmarket.org/ and we will aim to interview shortlisted candidates at the European Job Market event in December.

Any offer of employment is subject to the eligibility to work in the UK. The role is eligible for a Tier 2 visa, and the IFS will support the application for relevant candidates where needed.