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The Centre for Economic Performance seeks to appoint a full-time research assistant (“pre-doc”) on a number of projects relating to international trade.

About the role

The position will involve quantitatively analysing data on trade flows and other economic outcomes. Projects may cover topics such as: the impact of Brexit on the UK economy; the organisation of global value chains and patterns of foreign direct investment; the dynamics of trade and import sourcing; the environmental effects of international trade, and; the relationship between trade policy and industrial policy.

The work includes extensive cleaning, merging and preparation of large micro data sources for modelling and analysis. The Research Assistant will primarily focus on data and initial analysis under guidance from research supervisors and will help model clearly defined areas of analysis.

The successful candidate holds an undergraduate degree in economics or another quantitative discipline by post start date. Other essential criteria include: Advanced experience of using programming languages such as STATA and R for analysing large scale data sets; Ability to review literature and search data sources; perform data work requiring great accuracy and attention to detail; Ability to interpret and analyse patterns or trends in data and think through economic problems analytically, identifying appropriate methods of economic investigation; Ability to work independently, without close supervision; Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

What you'll need

Desirable criteria include a quantitative Master’s degree; knowledge of and interest in international trade and applied economics more generally; and experience of execution and write up of independent research projects such as an undergraduate or masters’ thesis.

Additional information

The start date will be agreed with the successful candidate depending on their constraints but should be in late summer/early autumn 2024.

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

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, and a Covering Letter.

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