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Research Assistant - Programme on Innovation and Diffusion (POID)

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Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)

Research Assistant


Salary from £30,570 to £36,122 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £37,717 pa inclusive of London allowance


Fixed term appointment for 1 year


The Centre for Economic Performance is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant for a one-year period to work mainly in our new Programme on Innovation and Diffusion (POID). 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 Dr Mirko Draca and Dr Anna Valero with advice from 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 undergraduate degree in Economics or other quantitative discipline; and a Masters in Economics or other quantitative science discipline (but must have very good knowledge of economics) by post start date. Standard of Masters should qualify entry to PhD programme.


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. The ability to work independently for long time periods without close supervision is a requirement.


An understanding (ideally from work experience) of negotiating information from data providers is desirable, as is a demonstrated knowledge of and interest in economics of innovation and technological change, the wider context of industrial strategy and current policy issues related to productivity.


Visit cep.lse.ac.uk for information about the CEP and poid.lse.ac.uk for information about POID.


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, 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 M.Yacoob@lse.ac.uk


The closing date for receipt of applications is 03 December 2020 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.