Research Fellow in Employment and Education Economics

University of Westminster


This post is full time, 35 hours per week and is fixed term for two years in the first instance.

The Centre for Employment Research (CER) has, since 2004, conducted robust empirical analyses of the labour market. A leading UK research centre, it specialises in the application of advanced econometric techniques that generate high-quality and impartial evidence to inform policy debate and formulation. The range of studies and interests within the Centre is wide. We have led large-scale investigations across many government departments, including evaluations of labour market programmes and assessments of the returns to education. CER staff lead ESRC studies of social mobility, using Geographic Analysis and the newly created Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data. A focus on analysis of large-scale government administrative datasets, as well as those from company proprietary systems, is a common theme of our work.

We are looking to further strengthen the team with the appointment of a Research Fellow. Applicants should have experience in a variety of advanced microeconometric techniques, particularly those focused on evaluation of causal impacts. New appointments will work with CER Professors who are recognised experts in their field but should also be able to work independently. The role will span all stages of research investigation - preparing data, estimating and interpreting econometric models, writing-up and presenting results. As a university Centre, we are focused on publishing in highly-rated peer-reviewed academic journals and expect researchers to be active in academic dissemination.

This is an exciting opportunity for individuals with an eye for detail, an aptitude for cutting-edge quantitative research (Stata and/or R experience a definite plus) and an interest in shaping public policy. We welcome in particular those with imagination and creativity, who will find an environment that provides the freedom to generate new research ideas and encouragement to develop new project proposals and expertise. The successful candidate will join a vibrant research centre, with staff working at the forefront of the discipline.

Please note that the CER website is in the process of a relaunch. Professors Peter Urwin []; Richard Dorsett []; and Franz Buscha [] are happy to discuss any aspect of our work.

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Closing date: Midnight on 10 January 2019

Interviews are likely to be held on: w/c 14 January 2019

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