Research Officer (FLCA)

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For this post, we particularly welcome applications by women and ethnic minorities



Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa


Research Officer


Salary from £36,647 to £ 44,140 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £47,456 pa inclusive of London allowance


This is a fixed term appointment for one year full time


The purpose of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa is to strengthen LSE’s long-term commitment to placing Africa at the heart of understandings and debates about global issues. The Firoz Lalji research officer post is a vital role for developing the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa’s research programme and trajectory. The Centre is committed to promoting independent academic research and teaching; open and issue-oriented debate; and evidence-based policy making across LSE. The Centre accomplishes this by connecting different social science disciplines and by working in partnership with Africa bringing African voices to the global debate.


The research officer will be expected to embed themselves in the intellectual life of the School, building and maintaining links with LSE scholars while developing their research and publishing. The position offers an opportunity for a motivated researcher to develop their research career focused on processes of social change as it applies to youth, women, and children in Africa focusing on areas such as livelihoods and the informal economy; migration; gender dynamics and sexuality; popular culture; humanitarian crises; and political engagement and social movements. The research officer will be expected and supported to apply for research grants, where possible, and collaborate with academic colleagues on larger grant proposals.


The successful candidate will have completed a PhD in Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, International Development, International Relations, Political Science, Social Policy or related social science discipline with a focus on Africa. The candidate will have experience of conducting primary research in Africa and ideally have knowledge of/or fluency in an African language. The candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills, and the ability to communicate research findings effectively to a wide range of audiences. The successful candidate will also be able to work independently under limited supervision and prioritise work in response to deadlines. They will be familiar with the research the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa does and will have ideas on how their research work will add to the current research programme of the Centre.


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.


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 Martha Geiger at


The closing date for receipt of applications is 04 May 2020 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.