Professor Nava Ashraf, Marshall Institute Research Director and Professor of Economics in the LSE Department of Economics, is seeking two Research Assistants for the academic year 2019/20 to join the economics research group at the Marshall Institute. Professor Ashraf's work tests insights from behavioural economics in the context of large-scale field experiments around the world in health, education, finance and employee motivation.
Research Assistants will be involved in the design and start-up phase of numerous upcoming field experiments, work in teams with Professors and PhD students on data analysis, and have the chance to be engaged in policy and practitioner outreach. Current projects are located in Zambia, Uganda, Colombia, and London using a model of co-generation of knowledge in collaboration with field partners e.g. government offices, NGOs, philanthropic organisations and for-profit firms, to support project implementation.
Your responsibilities as a Research Assistant will include a variety of tasks that provide preparation for excellent PhD programmes, allowing this role to serve as an ideal bridge into postgraduate studies for students interested in empirical economics.
Applicants will have completed by the post start date a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) and/or Master’s degree in economics or other related discipline with substantial quantitative work. You must have strong quantitative and data analysis skills, fluency with at least one statistical programming software (Stata preferred), a good understanding of randomised controlled trials, excellent organisational and planning skills, strong grasp of current research in development and/or behavioural economics, fluency in written and spoken English, and the ability to convey complex technical information in a clear and accurate manner. You will have the ability to work under pressure and to multiple deadlines, as well as a high level of initiative and self-motivation.
The other criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found on the person specification, which is attached to this vacancy on LSE’s online recruitment system.
We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.