Research Fellow

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Department of Management

Research Fellow


Salary from £46,792 to £54,094 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £60,244 pa inclusive of London allowance.

In addition, this post may attract a pay supplement


This is a fixed term appointment for up to three years


The Department of Management and the International Growth Centre    at the London School of Economics are seeking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for a duration of up to three years.


The International Growth Centre  is working in partnership with Aceli Africa to evaluate the Aceli Africa Initiative. This initiative is a market-based platform that aims to address the constraints to agricultural SME lending in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Uganda. Aceli Africa will provide financial incentives to increase the risk appetite of 15+ financial institutions (both global lenders and local banks) while also facilitating technical assistance to expand the ability of high-potential SMEs to qualify for and manage financing.

The appointed Research Fellow will work in close collaboration with the PI (Rocco Macchiavello (LSE)) and other members of the Evaluation Team (Vittorio Bassi (USC), Lorenzo Casaburi (Zurich) and other researchers from the IGC network). There will be multiple projects coming out of this partnership – including, but not limited to, evaluating alternative policies supporting lending to SMEs in agricultural value chains, understanding the industrial organizations and market structure of banking systems in emerging markets ad their macroeconomic implications, and evaluating technical assistance programs to firms. It is expected that the Post-Doctoral Fellow will play a driving role in several of these projects depending on skills and interest. The role will involve a mix of developing research opportunities and conducting rigorous research as well as engaging with financial institutions, stakeholders, and policymakers.

Interested candidates should review the Terms of ReferencePerson Specification and Job Description (available online from: and the How To Apply document.

Applicants must hold, or be near the completion of, a PhD in economics, finance or closely related discipline. Although applications from all relevant fields will be considered, particular consideration will be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to conduct research at the world frontier in one or more of the following areas: micro-econometrics techniques for policy evaluation, industrial organization, finance, micro and macro development. The candidate should possess excellent quantitative skills in economic analysis alongside a commitment to rigorous, policy relevant, research at the intersection of finance and agriculture with a particular emphasis on East Africa. Excellent communications and organisational skills are also required.

There is possibility of an extension after this date. The salary and benefits for the position are competitive with similar postdoctoral fellowships in Europe and the United States. We may be able to offer visa sponsorship to the successful candidate.


To apply for this post, please go to You will also have to submit a job market paper, resume, a cover letter, and 3 letters of recommendation with your application.


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The closing date for receipt of applications is 15 February 2022 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.



Research Fellow