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Occasional Research Assistant, Nuffield Foundation

We are looking for an occasional research assistant to work with Prof. Lee Elliot Major, Andy Eyles and Prof. Stephen Machin at the Centre for Economic Performance. The project, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, examines Covid-19 and social mobility looking at life prospects in a post-pandemic world. The job involves reviewing evidence on countries' responses to addressing education inequalities following the pandemic and assessing the effectiveness of interventions at different ages of children. This project looks at how widening inequalities in education and employment caused by the Covid-19 pandemic are likely to impact the life prospects of under 18s.

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You will need:

  • To have an undergraduate degree in Economics or other quantitative discipline
  • Advanced experience of using Stata or similar programs for analysing large scale micro data sets
  • Ability to interpret and analyse patterns or trends in data
  • Excellent organisation skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently of close supervision
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

The post will commence as soon as possible, ideally by 1st March 2023 to work over the next 10 months. The total workload would ideally be 20-29.5 hours per week. The pay will be between £18 and £22 an hour (including holiday pay).

If you are interested, please email Lee Elliot Major ( with your CV and a cover letter.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 17th February 2023 (23.59 UK time).

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.

Research Assistant, Programme on Innovation and Diffusion (POID)

Salary from £31,960 to £36,705 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £39,432 pa inclusive of London allowance

Fixed term appointment for 1 year (with option to renew for 2 years)

The Programme on Innovation and Diffusion (POID) is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant for a one-year period. 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 an undergraduate degree in Economics or other quantitative discipline. A Masters in Economics or other quantitative science discipline (but must have very good knowledge of economics) by post start date is desirable.

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, as is the collation, presentation of other team members' work and integration of this into own work as required. The ability to work independently for long time periods without close supervision is a requirement. A demonstrated knowledge of and interest in economics of innovation and technological change, the wider context of industrial/growth strategy and current policy issues related to productivity is desirable.

Visit for information about POID, and for information about the Centre for Economic Performance.

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

Applications can be made via the LSE Jobs portal.

For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.

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.

If you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the "contact us" links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email

The closing date for receipt of applications is 28th February 2023 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

CEP Summer Internship Programme

Applications for 2022 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), before the deadline on Monday 25 April.