Research Fellow: Economic rents in the digital platform economy

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London, United Kingdom

Application Deadline
GBP36,028 - £43,533

UCL Department / Division: Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

Location of position: London

Grade: 7

Hours: Full Time

Salary: (inclusive of London allowance) £36,028 - £43,533 per annum

Duties and Responsibilities

The Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) is a department within UCL and part of The Bartlett faculty, known internationally for its radical thinking about space, design and sustainability. The work of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) is influencing global policy decisions and creating new policy collaborations to deliver public value-driven innovations.

Duties and Responsibilities

UCL’s newly established Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose is seeking a Research Fellow (RF) with a strong quantitative and finance/data analytics background to work on a new project on theorising and mapping modern economic rents in the digital sector as part of a broader project on understanding the role of rents across the economy.

The Research Fellow will work closely with IIPP visiting professor Tim O’Reilly (founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media and author of WTF? What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us), IIPP economists Josh Ryan-Collins (Head of Finance and Macroeconomics) and Mariana Mazzucato (IIPP Founder and Director) both of whom have written internationally acclaimed books on the concept of economic rent, as well as other IIPP staff and wider academic and policy networks.

Duration of the role is until November 2021 in the first instance.Key RequirementsThe ideal candidate for the post will have good quantitative skills, experience with Python or another comparable programming language, web scraping, and data analysis, as well as experience analysing and comparing public company financial data and mixing it with other non-traditional forms of economic financial data.

It is desirable but not necessary for a candidate to have or be close to completing a PhD in a related field (e.g. finance, business, economics/political economy).
The candidate should also have an interest in digital platform economy business models and the concept of rents/value creation and extraction.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £31,542 - £33,257 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.Further DetailsA job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or about the application process, or would like to discuss the position, please contact Tania Alcantarilla ( Taking Action for EqualityWe will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date15 Dec 2020

Latest time for the submission of applications 23:59

Interview datew/c 25th January 2021

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

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