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Research Assistant (part-time position), Centre for Economic Performance Growth Programme
Closing date - 18 January 2019


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Applications will open in April 2019


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Research Assistant (part-time position)

Centre for Economic Performance Growth Programme

The job involves providing research assistance on a project examining credit misallocation and its consequences for aggregate output and productivity in Japan. The project involves the development and estimation of a search-and-matching model of the credit market using a large borrower-lender matched data set (credit register). The project will start with the extension of an existing theoretical model and the development of techniques to estimate it using the available data. You will work alongside Dr Isabelle Roland at CEP.

After this first stage of work, the assistant will be required to travel to Japan (Tokyo) and work on site on the estimation of the model for a period of five weeks. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered separately from the CEP contract. Preparatory work on the data set (including translation of Japanese terms) will be done in Japan prior to the assistant commencing work. Knowledge of Japanese is therefore not an essential requirement. While in Japan, the assistant will be supervised by Prof. Yukiko Saito of the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) and Waseda University. The travel period will start at the earliest in April 2019.

 Candidates will need:

A Masters in economics.
Candidates do not need to have completed a Phd but should have MPhil/ PhD level knowledge of search-and-matching models (theory and estimation)
Availability to travel to Japan for a period of five weeks.
Excellent organisation and communication skills.
Knowledge of Japanese (optional).

The post will commence as soon as possible, ideally no later than February 2019, to work over the next six months, on average about 8 hours a week depending on the stage of the project. This is a part-time post with a maximum of 20 hours a week. The pay will be 19.03 per hour including holiday pay.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to sponsor candidates for a visa for this role, so you must have eligibility to work in the UK.

If you are interested please email Isabelle Roland with (1) your CV, (2) a 1-page statement of your experience, skills and availability; (3) an example of your written work:   I.Roland@lse.ac.uk

Please send your applications as soon as possible and by the 18th January 2019 (23.59 UK time) at the latest.

CEP Summer Internship Programme

The CEP has a small number of vacancies for Summer Internships from May to October open to Economics graduates and postgraduates. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience of research in practice and can lead on to longer Occasional Research Assistantships with the Centre.

Download further information and an application form (PDF)

The Centre for Economic Performance invites postgraduate students to apply for Occasional Research Assistantships

Occasional Research Assistants are offered facilities and full membership of the centre and an hourly rate of pay (currently around £15 to £17 an hour) to provide on average a day or more's research assistance a week. Working on centre projects usually provides students with material, data etc for their PhD and helps them define a thesis topic more quickly. In some cases we will offer places to associate scholars who will not carry out research assistance but whose own research is well advanced and can contribute to the Centre's programme of work.

For detailed information about research undertaken at the CEP please read the CEP Programme of Work 2010 - 2015 and browse our website.

If you have a keen interest in working in one of the Centres' main research areas, complete and return the ORA application form (available in Adobe PDF and Microsoft Word 2003)

Please return your completed application form to Linda Cleavely, email l.f.cleavely@lse.ac.uk, with the subject line 'ORA your surname' (e.g. ORA Smith).