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At IFS, we recruit top-quality economists. We specialise in the economic analysis of public policy, bridging the gap between purely academic research and issues of practical policy design or evaluation. You will carry out in-depth economic research and communicate your findings to politicians, journalists, academics and others such as campaigning groups and professional organisations.

You will work closely with colleagues in a small team as well as with other teams across the Institute; your colleagues will include policy experts and leading academics from the UK and overseas. We will support you in developing your skills, through further study, ad hoc training and by giving you opportunities to get involved with all aspects of research and communication right from the start.

We recruit annually for research economists, post-doctoral fellows, graduate scholars and summer students. We also consider applications for senior economists on an ongoing basis.

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For more information about working at the IFS, you can download our 2020-21 recruitment brochure or watch our video below

Working at the IFS

 

Current job vacancies
Salary £77,802 to £88,855 depending on experience
Apply from March 2022
Closing date 2 June 2022
We are seeking to appoint an Associate Director to join our senior research leadership team.
Annual recruitment round
Apply from Autumn 2022
Applications for Research Economists will next be open in autumn 2022.
Annual recruitment round
Apply from Autumn 2022
Applications for Post-Doctoral Fellows will next be open in autumn 2022.
Annual recruitment round
Apply from Autumn 2022
Applications for summer student placements will next be open from autumn 2022.
Annual recruitment round
Salary Funding to cover stipend and fees
Apply from November 2022
Applications for studentships will next be open from autumn 2022.
Annual recruitment round
Salary Stipend at UKRI level and fees paid
Apply from November 2022
Applications for enrichment years will next be open from autumn 2022.

Case studies

Senior Research Economist, Pensions and Public Finance research programme
Ben joined the IFS in 2017.
Deputy Director
Carl joined IFS in 1996.
Senior Research Economist
Senior Research Economist
Research Economist
Research Economist
Associate Director, Pensions and Public Finances
George joined IFS in 2011.
Associate Director, Direct Tax and Welfare Research Programme
David joined IFS in 2007.
Senior Research Economist, Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies
Alison joined the IFS in 2013.
Associate Director, Education research programme
Jack joined the IFS in 2013.

Related information

Video clip
This was the introduction to a public economics lecture day presenting IFS work on public economics topics and dsicussing working in economic research in general and at the IFS in particular.