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Research Assistant

Salary from £30,570 to £36,122 per year inclusive London allowance

Fixed term appointment for one or two years depending on the preferences of the candidate

The Centre for Economic Performance is seeking to appoint a full-time research assistant ("pre-doc") on the ERC funded research project "Quantitative models of cities" under the direction of Professor Daniel Sturm. You will be part of a team which includes other research assistants, academic collaborators of Daniel Sturm and data entry firms. The research project explores several new aspects of the economics of cities using newly developed quantitative models and data from Denmark and several other countries.

The position is ideal for someone who is considering applying to a PhD in Economics or a related field and would like to get hands-on research experience before embarking on a PhD. Previous holders of similar posts with Daniel Sturm have been offered positions in leading Economics PhD programs, including offers from Berkeley, Chicago, Columbia, LSE, Michigan, Northwestern and Yale.

The successful candidate has an undergraduate degree in Economics or another quantitative discipline or a Masters in Economics or another quantitative science discipline by post start date. Other essential criteria include: Advanced experience of using programming languages such as, for example, STATA, R and Python for analysing large scale micro data sets and the ability to learn new programming skills; Ability to perform data work requiring great accuracy and attention to detail; Ability to interpret and analyse patterns or trends in data; Ability to think through economic problems analytically.

Desirable criteria include experience of working with ArcGIS or QGIS; Knowledge of and interest in urban economics, economic geography and applied microeconomics more generally; Experience of execution and write up of independent research projects such as an undergraduate or master's thesis.

The exact start date will be agreed with the successful candidate depending on their constraints, but should be in the summer or early autumn of 2021.

Visit to learn more about the research of Daniel Sturm and to learn more about the work of the CEP Urban Programme.

For further information and to apply please click here.

Applications must include a full curriculum vitae (CV) and a covering letter that explains the candidate's qualification and motivation for the position. Candidates who are shortlisted for the position will be given an online coding and data analysis problem to assess their suitability for the position.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 16 June 2021 (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 2021 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, available as a .pdf file or word document.

Please return your completed application form to Linda Cleavely, email, with the subject line 'ORA your surname' (e.g. ORA Smith).