Job: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Development Economics

Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 with a discretionary range to £43,267 p.a.

The Centre for Studies of African Economies (CSAE) at the Blavatnik School of Government is looking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Development Economics for two years with the likelihood of extending for one further year depending on external funding.

The Fellow will have the opportunity to develop an independent portfolio of research at the intersection of psychology and economics, and collaborate as a co-author with CSAE researchers on ongoing projects in the Welfare and Behaviour research stream. The postholder would also have the opportunity to engage with the large community of development economists at the Centre of the Study of African Economies and in the broader Oxford community.

The main duties of the post are to engage in original, world-class research in an area relevant to the programme of research, both in collaboration with the principal investigators and independently, present original research papers at international conferences and seminars, and play an active role in the research community at the CSAE. The post holder will also contribute to and/or collaborate on other new and continuing research projects, potential projects for involvement include:

  • extensions to a long-term collaboration with GiveDirectly on a multi-arm randomised controlled trial testing the effect of relaxing financial constraints and internal constraints simultaneously;
  • a project testing the effects of cash transfers on children’s cognitive and socioemotional skills;
  • a project testing the effects of therapies for depression on girls’ socioemotional skills and human capital investment (in collaboration with the Oxford psychiatry department and BRAC);
  • and an ongoing collaboration with an active labour markets service provider to alleviate information frictions arising from poor information about works’ skills.

The successful candidate will have a doctorate in economics, public policy, development studies with a focus on development economics or psychology with a quantitative focus - candidates nearing completion of their doctoral dissertation may also be considered. You will have previous experience in designing and conducting lab and/or field experiments or research in developing countries or an alternative methodological expertise of relevance to the programme, and have the ability to carry out independent quantitative research. You should be proactive and reliable, with experience co-ordinating teams and managing a variety of tasks. Evidence of developing a track record of internationally excellent publications in highly-ranked, peer reviewed academic journals, commensurate with the candidate’s career stage is also essential.

The full duties, responsibilities and skills required are described in more detail in the further particulars which also contain details on how to apply.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon UK time on Friday 11 January 2019. To apply, visit the University of Oxford website.