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Senior Economists

Annual recruitment round

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) is Europe’s leading centre for research on the microeconomics of public policy. It is a politically independent registered charity that bridges the gap between policymakers and academics. The research teams at IFS conduct high-quality empirical research, which impacts the policy debate, the media, and policymakers.

We are thriving and demand for our work is growing. We are currently interested in applications from experienced economists with expertise in one or more of these areas: labour economics, welfare, pensions, taxation, public finances, and economics of education. This would represent an outstanding opportunity for the suitable candidates to work with some of the world’s leading researchers and to have a real impact on policy and in the public debate.

Suitable candidates are likely to have at least four years post graduate experience in a policy, academic or consultancy role. They will have an exceptional first or postgraduate degree in economics (probably both). They will have experience of undertaking high quality empirical research and a good understanding of the policy context. They will be comfortable applying cutting-edge analytical techniques to large data sets, producing top-quality economic research, developing ideas, managing projects, raising funding and disseminating research findings to a diverse audience.

Senior Research Economists at IFS work as part of small teams to undertake high-quality and rigorous research in a timely and efficient manner. They originate and develop scientifically rigorous and policy relevant research ideas, with colleagues and on their own initiative, and see them through to completion. They take a leading role in making research funding applications, undertaking the research in a thorough, time-efficient way, to the high standards IFS expects, and presenting and disseminating the research. They also provide intellectual leadership, and sometimes line management, for early-career researchers working in the same team.

If you are interested in one of these roles, please email  with a copy of your CV and a short covering letter. One of our senior staff will be happy to have informal discussions with promising applicants.

There is no closing date for applications. Senior economists at IFS are paid on a scale between £54k and £68k. Pay increases are granted annually on a performance related basis. Those successful in this role will, over time, move up to associate director level.