Research Assistant/Associate in Exploring Sectoral Productivity

University of Cambridge Bennett Institute

United Kingdom

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months in the first instance.

Applications are invited for two Research Assistant/Research Associate positions on a project exploring sectoral productivity. This project, funded by the Gatsby Foundation from mid-2021 for 36 months, is concerned with the UK's 'productivity puzzle' and sits within one of the Bennett Institute's main research themes. It will align with the research programme of The Productivity Institute, for which the Bennett Institute is the Cambridge hub. The project will focus on the measurement of sectoral productivity performance across countries and on drivers of productivity in key sectors of the UK economy.

Applications from candidates with backgrounds in economics and related disciplines, with relevant experience in quantitative research methods, are invited.

These posts will be located in the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, a major, University-wide interdisciplinary institute housed in the Department of Politics and International Studies and supported by the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences. It is led by its inaugural Director Professor Michael Kenny and Professor Diane Coyle, the Bennett Professor of Public Policy.

The Research Assistant/Associates will work on the measurement of sectoral productivity and related research questions, delivering both academic outputs and policy-relevant outputs and engagement, overseen by Professor Diane Coyle and working alongside other Bennett Institute staff. They will also liaise with other members of The Productivity institute, for which the Bennett Institute is the Cambridge hub.

Candidates for the post of Research Associate should normally have a PhD (submitted or nearly submitted at the time of application) in a relevant field and with experience of the methods required for this project. They should provide evidence of potential for research and publication at the highest level, and a good understanding of the policy process.

Candidates for the post of Research Assistant should have a Master's degree, including strong quantitative skills, and provide evidence of interest in policy engagement.

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The closing date for this post is 26 April 2021. Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be scheduled shortly after the application close date.

Applications should be made online. Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application, and a recent writing sample (maximum 10,000 words).

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