R210484 - Research Associate (Internationalisation and productivity)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Birmingham, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime

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Aston Business School
Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Salary:  £34,304 to £40,927 per annum
Grade:  Grade 08
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (12 months)
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Thursday 25 November 2021
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  R210484
Release Date:  Thursday 11 November 2021

Applicants are invited for a Full-Time Research Fellowship at the Centre for Business Prosperity (CBP) to conduct the project "Innovation, internationalisation and productivity" led by Professor Jun Du and funded by the Productivity Institute. 

The candidate appointed to this position will work under the direct supervision of Professor Jun Du and Dr. Oleksandr Shepotylo and will be involved in a series of projects on investigate innovation, internationalisation and productivity.

To maximise the developmental benefits of the project, the Research Associate will be involved actively in all aspects of the project including reviewing literature, data collection, development and maintenance, statistical and econometric estimation, co-authoring and presenting academic papers and reports. The Research Associate will also be expected to contribute actively to developing impact and to the wider dissemination of the research results to stakeholders and policymakers through workshops and conferences. 

The successful applicant must therefore demonstrate good writing skills, quantitative and econometric skills, be well organised, self-directed, and able to carry out a demanding work schedule. Well-developed team working skills, time-management and multi-tasking skills are essential. Candidates should be able to demonstrate experience in research including: 

  • Data management skills of large datasets
  • Statistical and econometric analysis (especially using micro-level data) 
  • Reviewing literature and writing critical reviews
  • Writing research reports

The empirical research projects of the Centre require using and linking transaction-level, firm-level and aggregate level data from existing secondary datasets, possibly linked to individual and household-level data as well, and hence experience in using and managing large micro datasets is desirable. Familiarities with trade transaction data and the UK micro datasets, both from the official ONS business register data, business surveys (such as IBDR Business Structure Database, Annual Business Survey, International Trade in Services Survey, Community Innovation Survey), as well as other micro level data will be an advantage. Previous experience working in the UK Data Service Secure Lab or ONS Security Research Service Data, or HMRC Datalab is highly desirable. 

Candidates should have a good relevant first degree in economics, and should have or close to have a PhD in economics or management. Knowledge of panel data econometrics is essential, so is working knowledge of statistical packages including Stata. Other skills of R and spatial tools will be helpful. 

An understanding of the economic theories of international economics, international business, productivity and skills is highly desirable. 


Further particulars and application forms are available in alternative formats on request i.e. large print, Braille, tape or CD Rom.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact HR via recruitment@aston.ac.uk

Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


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