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Research Officer

London School of Economics
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Minimum £34,736 pa inclusive
Expiry Date
This is a fixed term full-time appointment for 12 months, potentially renewable for a further 12 months

Job Description

The IGA Global Migration Initiative aims to step up research and find workable policy solutions for the global and urgent challenge of international migration and dislocation. “The Responsible Deal: where and how to best protect and integrate Syrian refugees?” is a research project at the IGA bringing together research institutions in the EU with counterparts in MENA countries most affected by the Syrian refugee crisis. The project employs survey and field experimental methods to quantify the impacts of refugee policies in transit and destination countries.

The post-holder will help design and implement large-scale refugee surveys in the MENA region and conduct rigorous quantitative analyses using advanced methods of survey research and causal inference. S/he will be involved in all aspects of the research, but with a particular emphasis on study design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of manuscripts for leading peer-reviewed journals. S/he will also work closely with, and spend periods of time at, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, where the project’s co-investigator is based.

You will at the time of appointment have completed a PhD in a social science programme - preferably in Economics, Political Science, or Sociology. You will have experience using quantitative methods and a range of statistical skills including graduate level knowledge of program evaluation methods, data collation, management and analysis; experience in running and analysing surveys or field experiments would be highly useful; knowledge of immigration and refugee policy in the MENA region and experience of managing a research project would also be highly valued. While all work-related interactions are in English and excellent written and verbal communication skills in English as well and ability to communicate research findings effectively are essential, the ability to operate in Arabic is also an asset. The criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found on the person specification, which is attached to this vacancy on the LSE’s online recruitment system.

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities. 

For an informal discussion about the post, contact the Principal Investigator, Professor Erik Berglof, Director of the Institute of Global Affairs ( If you have any queries about applying on the online system, or require an alternative format for the application, please e-mail: quoting the job title.

For further information about the post, please see the How to Apply document, Job Description and Person Specification.

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, graduate school transcripts, and a writing sample.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 24th April 2018 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

Interviews are provisionally scheduled for the week commencing 30th April 2018. The post begins as soon as possible after appointment and ideally not later than 1st July 2018.