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What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth (What Works Growth)
Salary from £40,229 to £48,456 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £52,095 pa inclusive of London allowance
This is a full-time fixed term appointment for 1 year with potential to extend subject to funding
The What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth is seeking to appoint a full-time Research Economist. You will work with What Works Growth senior staff to support our national and local partners to develop and deliver evaluations, draft What Works Growth evidence and guidance, and deliver workshops. You may also work with other members of the team to develop research projects that will apply rigorous quantitative evaluation methods to areas of interest in local economic growth or related fields. There may also be opportunities to work with senior staff, policymakers and academic partners to design, deliver and manage randomised control trials and quasi experimental evaluations of local and national policies.
Candidates will have an undergraduate degree in Economics or other quantitative social science discipline (a first or upper second grade, or equivalent, is desirable), and a Masters in Economics or other quantitative social science discipline.
The role will require understanding of policy evaluation methods, including randomised control trials and quasi-experimental methods, applied econometrics and statistics, and local economic growth policies or a closely related policy area. Experience in STATA, R, or other econometrics software is essential, as is experience of handling and quantitative analysis of survey and administrative data sets, and experience of undertaking and writing-up research projects.
You must have the ability to identify appropriate methods of investigation, to analyse and interpret data and to think through economic problems analytically, and to provide advice and support to our national and local partners to develop and deliver evaluations. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to convey technical material in non-technical terms for policy and other non-academic audiences is essential, as is the ability to work independently.
Visit www.whatworksgrowth.org for further information.
We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.
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 or writing example.
The post will start ASAP and ideally not later than three months from the date of offer.
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The closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 14 January 2024 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.