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Geographical Research Assistant
Closing date Monday 1 April 2019


CEP Summer Interns
Applications will open in April 2019


CEP Occasional Research Assistants
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Geographical Research Economist, Urban and Spatial Programme, CEP

Salary: £35,999 - £43,360 per annum inclusive pa inclusive of London allowance. This is a fixed term appointment for 18 months.

This Centre seeks a Geographical Research Economist with geographic data skills, to work on existing and emerging projects related to applied urban economics, spatial economics and housing. These topics will include, amongst others: land use, structure of cities; urbanization and development; housing and planning; amenities; 'left behind' places and lifetime migration. The role will involve extraction, creation, processing and analysis of geographical data sources, so requires experience in geographical information systems and other types of geographic data science.

You will assist the centre and programme director with Centre projects, and for some of them will take responsibility for the major part of research design, analysis and writing up. You will be encouraged and provided with sufficient time to develop a wider research agenda of your own, within the context of the overall work programme of the Centre.

You will have a first or upper second class undergraduate degree in Economics or other quantitative science discipline; a Masters in Economics or other quantitative science discipline. It is desirable that you have a completed PhD in Economics, quantitative Economic Geography or other quantitative science discipline (or be within one year of completing this).

You must have experience of handling and quantitative analysis of large survey, census or administrative datasets, as well as the ability to interpret and analyse patterns or trends in data including spatial patterns of economic activity, income and wellbeing, and to think through economic problems analytically. You will also have a sound understanding of econometrics and statistics particularly in relation to urban/spatial economics, urbanisation and local economic development and be experienced in STATA and other econometrics software. You should have experience in using Geographical Information Systems for research purposes. Geographic data science skills including use of Python for processing data within GIS and for extracting information from web-based sources are an advantage.

You must have a commitment to your own personal research agenda and development of research projects within the overall objectives of the research centre, and have the ability to author/co-author papers of refereed journal article quality.

Visit CEP's website for further information about the Centre and the Urban Programme's website for further information about the current programme.

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

To apply please click here.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 1 April 2019 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

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).