Research Officer in Inherited Inequalities and Social Mobility

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International Inequalities Institute

 Research Officer in Inherited Inequalities and Social Mobility

Salary from £40,229 to £48,456 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £52,095 pa inclusive of London allowance

This is a fixed term appointment for 24 months.

The International Inequalities Institute (III) is one of the world’s leading research centres on inequality and its multiple manifestations. It houses the Atlantic Fellows in Social and Economic Equity programme, which is committed to building a community of people who are “committed to using collective leadership to work towards social and economic justice for all”. It also houses a number of research programmes, including one on “Opportunity, Mobility, and the Intergenerational Transmission of Inequality”.

We are seeking to recruit a Research Officer (“post-doc”) for a 24-month post to conduct original research on topics related to inequality of opportunity, mobility, and the intergenerational transmission of inequality, as a member of this research programme.

The post-holder will also be expected to contribute to the development of a database of Global Estimates of Opportunity and Mobility, including its maintenance, expansion, and documentation, as well as to use it for research purposes. The successful candidate will also play a full role in the research work of the III and in the broader activities of the III. The position will report to Professor Francisco H. G. Ferreira, Director of the III.

The post will start in May 2024 or as soon as is practicable.

Candidates should have:

·       A completed PhD (or close to completing a PhD by the post start date) in a social science area relevant for the successful conduct of research on ‘Inherited Inequalities and Social Mobility’.

·       Proven expertise and research interests focused on the measurement, causes, and consequences of inequality of opportunity and/or intergenerational mobility.

·       Proven skills and experience in quantitative methods which demonstrate the capacity to conduct original and rigorous research on topics related to inequality of opportunity, mobility and intergenerational transmission of inequality.

·       Proven ability to apply innovative quantitative methods that could include (but are not limited to) methods such as: clustering methods, machine learning, non-parametric methods

·       Ability to conduct analysis of original data of different nature including: survey data, administrative records, data with incomplete information.

·       Ability to conduct research on a comparative and international basis.

·       Willingness to collaborate on mixed methods research.

·       Evidence of the capacity to prepare publications of high academic standard.

·       Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

·       Ability to present research findings to a variety of academic and non-academic audiences.

·       Evidence of experience of participation in academic/ policy events, conferences.

·       Demonstrable ability to collate and analyse data from a range of sources.


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.

Should you have any queries about the role, please email III manager or the theme co-convenor Paolo Brunori   

The losing date for receipt of applications is 02 December 2023 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications. 

Interviews are likely to be held virtually in w/c 11th December 2023.

Research Officer in Inherited Inequalities and Social Mobility