Senior Research Economist

London Permanent £50,000 - £70,000 per year
  • Join the UK's leading independent economics research institute
  • Exciting opportunity to join the IFS as a Senior Research Economist

About Our Client

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) is the UK's leading independent economics research institute.

Their job is to analyse and inform economic and social policy decisions and to help policymakers - and those who hold them accountable - understand the impact that their choices will have on individuals, households and businesses.

Job Description

Senior Research Economist



The IFS is looking to recruit one or more outstanding senior research economists to join their team.

The role will include:

  • Undertaking high-quality and rigorous research on issues important to UK public policy publishable in high-ranking academic journals in a timely and efficient manner
  • Effectively presenting and disseminating research to academic and non-academic audiences
  • Developing rigorous and policy-relevant research ideas and taking the lead in writing research funding applications
  • Mentoring and development of more junior researchers, typically including formal line management responsibilities

The Successful Applicant

Senior Research Economist


  • Hold at least one top-class degree (undergraduate, masters or PhD) in economics (post-graduate economics qualification preferred)
  • At least four years of relevant experience, including extensive experience of working with data to answer research questions and developing ideas and/or shaping the analysis
  • Proven track record of managing projects and pushing them forward to completion
  • First-rate written and oral communication skills
  • A commitment to political independence and to shaping public policy through evidence-based comment
  • Expertise in the policy context and/or existing academic research in one of the areas listed below:
    • Tax Policy - a thorough understanding of tax policy and economics
    • Education and Human Capital - knowledge of the factors that shape education and skills at different ages, and their relationship with other outcomes like health and crime
    • Labour Markets and Welfare Benefits - understanding of how the UK labour market, welfare system, and interventions within these domains work to shape outcomes for individuals and families
    • Justice - understanding of access to justice, pathways through the justice system and wider effects on well-being for those experiencing the justice system.

The successful candidate will have significant latitude to shape future research priorities within their team.

What's on Offer

Senior Research Economist

  • Permanent Opportunity
  • Hybrid working: 3-4 days per week in the office
  • Salary: £68,500

Deadline: Midday on 3rd January 2024

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Brighde N-Luxmoore
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Brighde N-Luxmoore
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+44 207 269 2495
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