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Principal Economist

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Working hours: 35 hours per week, open to flexible working.

Location: SW1P 3HE. Staff can work up to two days per week from home.

Benefits: 30 days holiday plus bank holidays, USS pension

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research is Britain’s oldest, and one of its most prestigious, independent research institutes. We specialise in applied social and economic research, combining high academic standards with relevance to policy making. Our reputation for quality and independence, outstanding networks, and unrivalled location at the heart of Westminster makes us the ideal base to build a national profile for academic or policy research that makes real impact. 

We are looking for a Principal Economist to join our Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting Directorate. You will play a leading role in our team of talented economists working on our quarterly Outlooks and contributing to our internationally recognised research on the UK and Global economies. This is an exciting and varied role, where you will have the opportunity to use our macroeconomic models, conduct complex analysis and evaluation, lead research projects, write and contribute to academic papers, journals, and blogs, present your research to a variety of audiences, and support the growth and development of a passionate and talented team.

The essential requirements we are looking for in the successful candidate are:


  • Typically, 5 years’ experience post PhD, or equivalent, including:
  • Leading on multiple research projects from inception to completion.
  • Demonstrable success in writing research bids and proposals and winning large value bids.
  • Managing more junior researchers in a line management and/or project management capacity.
  • Using own research and that of others to generate impact inside and outside of an organisation.
  • Networking and relationship building for the benefit of an organisation and its research interests.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  1. PhD in economics or another relevant quantitative social science, or equivalent.
  2. Expert knowledge of research and modelling techniques and methodologies, and experience coaching and mentoring others in these techniques.
  3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present complex information in an audience appropriate way.
  4. High level of attention to detail, with the ability to ensure the accuracy of complex reports and data sets without the need for oversight or checking.
  5. Strong interest in real world economic and policy developments.

To apply

To apply for this role, please send a full CV and a supporting statement of no more than 1,500 words setting out how you meet the essential requirements outlined above. Please number each point and address these one at a time to ensure that we can fully consider how your experience, skills and abilities meet the needs of the post. Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of the role.

Applications should be sent to Fran Leadbeater via email: [email protected] (by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button above)

Closing date for applications is Monday 9th October 2020. Interviews will be conducted remotely week commencing 23rd October. 

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