Research Assistant (108927-0324)

University of Warwick Campus, Coventry
Fixed Term, Full Time
Fixed-term contract for 1 year, with the possibility to renew it for a second year.
£29,605 - £32,982 per annum, pro rata

This is an opportunity to work on an exciting new project.

The Research Assistant will support the Project Leader Federico Rossi and his collaborators in the successful execution of the project “Human Capital, the Organization of Production and Economic Development”, funded by an ERC/UKRI Starting Grant 2023. The project will leverage micro-level data from multiple countries and novel theoretical frameworks to shed light on how the accumulation and utilization of different types of skills is shaped by and can facilitate the adaptation to some of the most pressing challenges faced by the global economy: population ageing, climate change, and the reallocation of workers across economic activities.

The position is particularly suitable for someone interested in pursuing a PhD in Economics or related fields. The Research Assistant will benefit from extensive mentoring from the Project Leader and his collaborators and will have the opportunity to develop several skills useful for conducting academic research.

The post is initially for 1 year in the first instance, with the possibility to renew it for a second year. 

For informal enquiries, please contact Lisa Hayes (

We require an individual who has an interest in the research area, who is pro-active and willing to work as part of a team. 

The work will involve collecting and harmonizing micro-level data from countries at different levels of development to construct novel facts on the accumulation and utilization of human skills in a variety of contexts. The Research Assistant will also collaborate to the development and estimation of theoretical models that will be used to assess the impacts of several educational and training policies on economic development. The job will involve close collaboration and frequent interactions with the Project Leader and his collaborators.

For further information regarding the skills required for this role please see the personal specification section of the attached job description.

The Department of Economics has become widely regarded as one of the top economics department in the UK and Europe. We consistently rank highly in leading UK and international subject league tables and are currently ranked 1st in the Good University Guide 2024. We have adopted hybrid working and professional services staff have the option to work from home for up to two days a week (pro rata). However, this is dependent on business need and there may be a requirement to come to campus for more days during busier periods. For further information about the Economics Department, please visit our website:

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You'll be joining a diverse, innovative and globally connected community committed to igniting real world progress. Here at Warwick, we offer you opportunities to follow your ambitions as long as you bring the energy and determination to succeed.

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** Research Excellence Framework 2021

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To apply please complete your essential personal details and attach a CV and cover letter by 11.55pm on the closing date of 2nd April 2024. Please ensure your CV includes your most recent employment experience along with any additional relevant experience and education history.) Your cover letter should detail how you meet the essential and desirable criteria for this post.  

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The interviews will be held on a date to be confirmed. 

We will provide you with a great range of benefits, which include an attractive pension scheme, 26 days holiday plus Christmas closure, excellent learning and development opportunities, and savings on a wide range of products and services. We offer a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare facilities. 

We recognise the importance of a healthy work/life balance and offer you access to flexible working, for more information click here. 

We are proud to say that we are a Living Wage employer.

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