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Senior Economist in Education

Annual recruitment round

Job description | Person specification

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 Education team is one of eight research teams within IFS, and conducts high quality empirical research. Its work impacts the policy debate, the media and policymakers.

The IFS is looking to recruit an outstanding economist with a strong interest in education economics. A central role for an economist at this level is to undertake high quality and rigorous research in a timely and efficient manner. The successful candidate will originate and develop research ideas on their own initiative and see them through to completion. This includes developing research ideas that are both scientifically rigorous and policy relevant, taking the lead in writing research funding applications, undertaking the research in a thorough, time-efficient way, to the high standards IFS expects, and presenting and disseminating the research.

This is an opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading researchers within a very high quality team, and to have a real impact on policy and in the public debate. Work will initially be focussed on using the government’s exciting new “Longitudinal Educational Outcomes” (LEO) dataset to investigate returns to university degrees. This will offer an outstanding opportunity to be among the first reseachers to exploit this extrordinary new dataset. There will be considerable scope to shape future research ideas.

The successful candidate will have a proven academic record in economics and experience of research, either in a policy, academic or consultancy role. He or she will be comfortable applying cutting edge analytical techinques to very large administrative data sets, producing top quality economic research, developing ideas, managing projects, raising funding and disseminating research findings to a diverse audience. A knowledge of UK education policy is desirable.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter, referring to the job description and person specification, and your CV to jobs@ifs.org.uk with the email subject 'SRE Education' by the deadline of 15 October 2018.

Shortlisted candidates from this stage will be invited for interview at our offices in London on 29 or 30 October.