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Research Assistant

Faculty of Economics, Cambridge, CB3 9DD

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 17th Jun 2021
  • Salary: £26,715-£30,942
  • REF: JH27046
  • Closes: 27th June 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

ESRC funded predoctoral Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

Fixed term: The funds for this position are available through 30 May 2022.

Dr Meredith Crowley is looking for a full-time research assistant starting July 2021 through 30 May 2022. The successful candidate should have an MPhil, MSc, or similar degree in economics or econometrics. Outstanding candidates with a BA in Economics will also be considered. There may be an option to renew, but this is uncertain. The position will be based at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Cambridge, but will also require travel to London to work in the HMRC datalab.

The candidate will conduct research on international trade, trade agreements, international pricing, and related areas. The tasks fall into two categories: model simulation through computer programming and empirical estimation. The model simulation tasks include building and simulating multi-country models with heterogeneous firms and sectors; calibrating the model to match empirical moments; and conducting counterfactual analyses. Experience with MATLAB, Julia or a similar computer programming software is essential. The empirical estimation tasks include merging large datasets, data cleaning, especially of large administrative dataset, and writing and executing estimation code in stata. Experience in cleaning data, especially large administrative datasets, is essential.

The ideal candidate should have a background of academic work in International Economics especially:

(i) a strong quantitative background and experience in solving large heterogeneous agent models;

(ii) strong programming skills ¿ experience in using the programming language Julia is highly preferred;

(iii) the ability to work independently to solve problems.

Successful candidates will be employed on University Grade 5 for Research Assistants, starting at £26,715 to £30,942 per annum.

Applications should consist of:

  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A transcript of undergraduate and postgraduate marks in economics; and
  • Expression of interest cover letter outlining relevant experience.
  • Optional: materials such as research papers that demonstrate experience with essential tasks

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Any queries regarding this position should be directed to Monika Czajka, HR Coordinator, via e-mail hr@econ.cam.ac.uk.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference JH27046 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
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