Postdoctoral Fellows
Advertiser: Institute for Fiscal Studies
Field(s) of specialization: Development; Growth - Econometrics - Industrial Organization - International Trade - Labor; Demographic Economics - Microeconomics - Public Economics - Health; Education; Welfare
Position type(s): Postdoctoral Scholar, Other academic
Location of job: 7 Ridgmount Street, London, United Kingdom (map)
Degree required: Doctorate
Job start date: 2022-10-01
Job duration: 2 years
Letters of reference required: 3
Application deadline: 19 Nov 2021 midnight UTC (no longer accepting applications)
Current search status: Scheduling interviews
Posting end date: 19 Nov 2021
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted at
Ad text:

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) recruits outstanding post-doctoral economists to join our research teams.

IFS is Europe’s leading centre for microeconomic research and is an authoritative commentator on a wide range of policy issues. It is a politically independent registered charity aiming to bridge the gap between academia and the wider public.

The Research Directors of IFS are Rachel Griffith, Fabien Postel-Vinay and Imran Rasul and IFS has a large number of Research Fellows including Orazio Attanasio, James Banks, Richard Blundell and Eric French, along with many others.

Post-doctoral fellows will work within a team of researchers at IFS whose direction of research fits with the researcher’s expertise and interests. This will likely include a mix of senior academics and IFS research staff. We will work with successful applicants to secure the best fit for their research interests and strengths and to encourage them to develop these to mutual advantage, with a particular focus on academic publication in top international journals.

Researchers based at IFS have access to a range of datasets, with opportunities to work, for example, on administrative data sets on education, health, and labour markets. These can be for the UK and other European countries in which we have close research collaborations. Researchers will also have the opportunity to engage with work using primary collected data by IFS researchers, often in the context of low-income countries, or rich secondary data, often matched to administrative data.

IFS researchers are not only excellent economists, but are able to think creatively about economics and eventually shape their innovative ideas into research programmes. They are keen to use empirical economic analysis to inform policymaking and to pass on their enthusiasm for economics to others, both inside and outside the Institute.

We welcome applications from students expecting to complete a PhD by August 2022. Salary will vary to reflect the individual’s role and experience.

The appointment of Postdoctoral Fellows is generally on a fixed-term contract of up to three years, although there is a possibility that there will be an opportunity to apply for a permanent position later.

Applications are open to candidates from the UK and abroad. The post is eligible for a Skilled Worker Visa: IFS will support the application where needed for successful candidates. Any offer of employment is subject to the eligibility to work in the UK.

Application process

Applications should be submitted via EconJobMarket. We aim to interview shortlisted candidates at the European Job Market, which will be held virtually in December 2021. Subsequent fly-outs will be arranged in January 2022 for a smaller number of candidates. Applications are welcome from both candidates who are participating on the full academic job market, and those specialising in searching only for a post-doctoral position.

If you have any queries, please email jobs@ifs.org.uk or contact Emma Hyman at IFS on 020 7291 4800.

Additional Information

Contract: fixed term contract, up to three years

Salary: from £40,000

Closing date: 19 November 2021

Initial interviews: European Job Market for Economists, December 2021

Interview/fly-out dates: Mon 24 Jan to Fri 11 Feb 2022

Submission materials required
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Job market paper
  • Video presentation of job market paper (optional)
  • Additional paper (optional)
  • Additional paper (optional)
  • Other material (in one file) (optional)
  • Letters of reference: 3
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