Foreign Direct Investment Policy Research Assistant/Associate 2024

DEADLINE 26th April 2024
£29,605 - £33,966

A position exists for a Research Assistant/Associate at the Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering, to work on foreign direct investment policy. In particular, how the structures and capabilities of national and regional industrial value chains and innovation systems can attract FDI; and how, in turn, FDI influences economic value creation and capture within these systems.

The RA will undertake independent and collaborative research under the guidance of Dr Eoin O'Sullivan (Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy), in collaboration with Drs Guendalina Anzolin and Viktoria Doeme. The post holder will be located in West Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

The key responsibilities and duties 

Research on the following topics

  • The relationships between R&D and manufacturing (e.g. importance of proximity and co-innovation), and FDI; and the implications for government FDI policies
  • The role that FDI in different industrial activities can have in facilitating value creation and value capture processes (within different national and regional ecosystems)
  • The role of intermediate R&D institutes (e.g. Research & Technology Organisations) in supporting national and regional attractiveness for FDI.

Other tasks will include

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or collaborative research
  • Write up research work for presentation / publication
  • Manage own research and administrative activities, with guidance if required
  • Communicate technical materials to academics / policymakers
  • Build external contacts with government stakeholders
  • Plan and manage own research activity in collaboration with others

Required qualifications, experience and skills 

  • Has obtained (or is close to obtaining) a PhD in economics, engineering or management
  • Research experience in industrial or innovation economics, R&D policy or management
  • Research experience in relevant policy topics (e.g: regional innovation policy, manufacturing policy)
  • Record of publishing high quality policy-related research outputs (commensurate with career stage)
  • Experience in mixing quantitative and qualitative analyses.
  • Experience of systematic analysis of policy practitioner literature and/or economic policy evidence
  • Experience of engaging with policy officials
  • Strong writing skills, including ability to communicate complex concepts to stakeholders

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £29,605 - £33,966; Research Associate: £36,024 - £44,263

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

DEADLINE 26th April 2024