Social Scientist or Statistician

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

London, UK

28,000 to £32,000

To apply for this position please email your CV to;

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research is Britain’s oldest, and one of its most prestigious independent research institutes. It’s also a great place to start or develop your early career. Our reputation for quality, outstanding networks and unrivalled location at the heart of Westminster makes us the ideal place to get you noticed. Many staff stay to build their careers here, and those that move on do so for rewarding and high-profile opportunities – in prestigious international institutions, blue chip companies and leading national organisations like the Bank of England as well as academic opportunities at leading universities.

We are looking to appoint a graduate/post-graduate economist, social scientist or statistician with strong quantitative skills to work in our Education & Labour Directorate and to support further research projects across the Institute. The Directorate, led by Dr Stefan Speckesser, is concerned with the economic impact of education and labour market policy, applying research designs like Random Control Trials, econometric impact assessments or structural modelling to large scale data, especially data from Government registers.

The post would suit someone with excellent academic qualifications in economics or a quantitative social science, who completed or intends to study for a postgraduate degree in Economics. The successful candidate will have strong numerical skills and a good understanding of applied econometrics, including practical application skills, confidence in handling a range of quantitative data and experience with Stata or R. Good self-organisational skills, the capability to write well and the ability to convey complex analysis to an interested non-specialist audience are essential.

The position would be initially offered as a fixed term contract for 12 months. The salary range is £28,000 to £32,000 depending on experience with an 19.5% contribution towards a defined income pension as well as 30 days annual leave. We envisage an option to extend the contract or create a permanent position in 2021. This position is available from July 2019.

To apply

Applicants should provide a full CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 pages, explaining their suitability and interest in this post, to: Ruth Hallesy via email: with the subject line ‘[Name] Economist “Education and Labour” Application’.

The covering letter must specify the approximate date you would be available to start work and whether you have any visa requirements.

Closing date for applications is midday on Friday 21st June 2019. Interviews will be held the following week. Due to the large number of applications we usually receive, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Key Responsibilites:

Research projects

  • Supports the design of research projects.
  • Prepares and conducts research using appropriate methodology.
  • Conducts focused literature reviews.
  • Conducts complex review of qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Delivers research activities.
  • Provides general research assistance and research related administrative activities.
  • Prepares and drafts research bids and leads on some elements of proposals with senior support.
  • Builds and maintains knowledge of data and survey releases, economic current affairs and relevant political developments.

Project Management and reporting

  • Collates and edits findings of research activity for senior review
  • Drafts progress reports on research for funders as required
  • Reviews summary findings from junior colleagues
  • May lead on a number of small projects or discrete elements of larger projects

Dissemination and communications

  • Drafts and submits high quality policy research output for academic publications, reports or articles, conferences and events, including content for digital media
  • Presents research findings to external audiences/funders at conferences or seminars as part of the wider team
  • Develops a network of stakeholders including collaborators, funders and policy makers.


  • Contributes to the overall activities of the research team/directorate as required
  • Undertakes any other duties related to job purpose which may be necessary to the role
  • Represents NIESR in a professional manner to stakeholders and all audiences
  • Is flexible within the broad remit of the post
  • Responsible for the health, safety and welfare of self, other staff and visitors
  • Attends and participates in NIESR’s performance, development and training programme.
  • Attends and participates in NIESR’s performance, development and training programme
  • Abides by organisational policies, codes of conducts and practices
  • Provides support as required to the Director and Chief Operating Officer
  • Person Specification


  • Masters/PhD in economics or another relevant quantitative social science, or equivalent;
  • Knowledge of, and experience in applying, a range of quantitative and econometric research techniques and methodologies;
  • Experienced in relevant software packages e.g. Stata or R
  • Knowledge in specific research areas such as productivity, innovation, entrepreneurship, business performance, labour markets, educations and skills, policy evaluation or related areas.

Desirable Experience

  • Experience of delivering research projects using complex datasets;
  • Experience of handling a range of quantitative data and experience with Stata or R;
  • Experience of project managing small research projects;
  • Experience of leading on some, or elements of, research proposals and obtaining funding through grant applications;
  • Experience of achieving impact through disseminating findings;
  • Experience of co-ordinating the work of junior staff.

Skills & Attributes

  • Excellent written English and strong communication skills;
  • Keen attention to detail and ability to drive the meeting of deadlines;
  • Highly motivated with the ability to manage own workload to allocate time efficiently;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team, showing respect to colleagues at all levels of the organisation;
  • Strong project management skills;
  • Interest in real world economic and policy developments.
  • Strong critical thinking with the ability to process and challenge new information;
  • Ability to deliver funding proposals that win funding.

To apply for this position please email your CV to;

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