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Research Assistant

The Centre for Economic Performance is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant for a one-year period to work mainly in our new Programme on Innovation and Diffusion (POID). The project will use cutting-edge research into how to boost productivity through nurturing innovation - ideas that are new to the world - and how to diffuse these ideas across the economy.

The project is led by Professor John Van Reenen. The role-holder will play a major role in the planning, design, and implementation of the project and will co-author all outputs accordingly. The role will assist with data matching, processing, modelling, and analysis and will contribute to co-authored top-journal-quality publications.

The successful candidate should have undergraduate degree in Economics or other quantitative discipline; and a Masters in Economics or other quantitative science discipline (but must have very good knowledge of economics) by post start date. Standard of Masters should qualify entry to PhD programme.

Essential criteria include: advanced experience of using Stata for analysing large scale micro data sets; experience of large scale data driven projects; experience of data work requiring great accuracy and attention to detail; ability to identify appropriate methods of economic investigation; ability to interpret and analyse patterns or trends in data; and ability to think through economic problems analytically. Ability to perform literature reviews for obtaining data from data providers and running survey; and excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to convey technical material in non-technical terms for policy and other non- academic stakeholders are essential. The ability to work independently for long time periods without close supervision is a requirement.

An understanding (ideally from work experience) of negotiating information from data providers is desirable, as is a demonstrated knowledge of and interest in economics of innovation and technological change, the wider context of industrial strategy and current policy issues related to productivity.

Visit the Programme on Innovation and Diffusion for further information about POID.

For further information about the post, and to apply, please click here

Applications must take the form of a full Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume, a Covering Letter and an electronic copy of one relevant research paper

The closing date for receipt of applications is 03 December 2020 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.


CEP Occasional Research Assistants

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 £17.50 to £20 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 2020 - 2025 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).


CEP Summer Internship Programme

Applications for 2020 are now closed.

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.

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).