Research Assistant in Social and Economic Research
University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research
United Kingdom

The Institute for Social and Economic Research

The Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) has a worldwide reputation as a multidisciplinary centre of quantitative social science research and as a producer of household panel data of the highest quality.

We wish to appoint a quantitative social scientist to the post of Research Assistant to work in the ESRC-funded Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC). This post is full-time, fixed-term for 1 year in the first instance, however part-time hours will be considered at a minimum of 0.6 FTE. It offers an excellent opportunity to learn research skills and could provide valuable experience of undertaking empirical research before a postgraduate degree or a PhD.

MiSoC currently contains researchers with backgrounds in economics, sociology, social policy, demography, health research, and social statistics. We welcome applications from researchers from any social science discipline who meet the criteria for the post.

Duties of the Role

The successful candidate will provide research assistance and support to senior members of the MiSoC team in order to contribute to several aspects of the MiSoC research programme. This research assistance will likely include preparation of data-sets, basic data analysis, and statistical or econometric analysis, all using advanced statistical software, such as Stata or R. You may also take part in other research activities, such as contributing to the writing of research papers.

A full list of duties and responsibilities can be found within the job pack.

Qualifications and Skills required

Candidates should have a Master’s degree (or equivalent research experience) or a first class undergraduate degree and should demonstrate experience of, or an interest in, research areas that form part of the research programme of the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change ( You should also have knowledge of quantitative methods for the analysis of survey data or other micro-data and the ability to interpret and analyse patterns or trends in data. It is highly likely that the work will involve the use of statistical software packages such as Stata, R or MPlus, and candidates will need to demonstrate these skills (ideally in Stata) or demonstrate the capacity to develop such skills.

At the University of Essex internationalism is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally-oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries and a university where you can find the world in one place.

Please use the ‘Apply’ button to read further information about this role including the full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role. You will also find details of how to make your application here.

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