Thank you to those who have submitted applications; we are currently in the process of assessing them, and will be inviting people to interview shortly. Update: 24/6/19


We are looking to recruit a full-time Research Officer to work with Dr Angus Armstrong, Director of Rebuilding Macroeconomics. The successful candidate also will work with members of our management group and research hub leaders (see our website for full details). S/he will assist with research projects, support the drafting of blogs, newsletters and research calls and the dissemination of findings of the research projects we have funded. S/he will be expected to take forward their own research interests and play a full part in a small but committed team.

The most important credentials are being collaborative and a team player; a deep interest in and knowledge of macroeconomics; and excellent interpersonal skills. We particularly welcome applications from females and BME candidates.

This is a fixed term appointment for up to 21 months at a salary of £25,474 p.a. In addition NIESR contributes to a pension scheme and provide 30 days annual leave (FTE) for all staff. The post is expected to begin in September 2019, and will finish no later than 1 May 2021

Main responsibilities

Provides research assistance on projects as required, providing general facilitation of project activities and supporting other work related to the network’s activities

Research activities

  • Perform supervised research
  • Conduct focused literature reviews
  • Bring together findings from funded research projects
  • Assist with the ‘road map’ of future research
  • Provide general research assistance and research related research for stakeholders

Report writing

  • Drafts findings of research activity for senior review
  • Supports the drafting of progress reports on research for stakeholders
  • Dissemination and communications
  • Help draft research output for wider dissemination across various media
  • Assists with putting together presentation material as required
  • Support and develop our social media presence


  • Contributes to the overall activities of Rebuilding Macroeconomics
  • Undertakes other duties related to the job purpose which may be necessary
  • Supports the work of the wider NIESR organization as appropriate.
  • Represents Rebuilding Macroeconomics and NIESR in a professional manner to stakeholders and all audiences
  • Is flexible within the broad remit of the post
  • Responsible for health, safety, welfare of self, other members of staff and visitors.

Person Specification


  • Master’s or PhD candidate in economics, preferably with specialisation in macroeconomics
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques, other disciplines and methodologies


  • Experience of managing datasets and conducting literature reviews
  • Experience of writing-up research and contributing to seminars and workshops

Skills & Attributes

  • Truly excellent communication skills – able to deliver information in a clear and coherent way to a range of audiences via a range of media, written and in person
  • Proactive, with excellent organisational skills with ability to work independently and prioritise workloads
  • Good attention to detail and work management
  • Ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team, showing respect to colleagues at all levels of the organisation
  • Flexible, resilient and able and prepared to work occasionally out of office hours
  • Familiarity with social media and website management to support academic research

How to apply:
Applicants should send a full CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 pages, explaining their suitability and interest in this post, to Ruth Hallesy, via email:, with the subject line ‘[Your name] Research Officer application’.
The covering letter must state whether you require a visa to work in the UK, and if so, your current visa status. Please also specify the approximate date you would be available to start work.

Closing date for applications: 23.59 on Monday 17 June 2019. Provisional date for interviews – fortnight commencing Monday 1 July 2019.
Due to the large number of applications we usually receive, we regret that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

07 May 2019