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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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Working at the IFS


IFS Virtual Recruitment Event

19 October 2021 | 17:00 - 18:30

Current job vacancies
Salary from £36,000 per annum
Apply from 4 October 2021
Closing date 8 November 2021
Each year IFS recruits a number of outstanding economists to join our research teams. Applications are open for applicants wishing to start work in autumn 2022.
Annual recruitment round
Salary £30k-£38k dependent on experience
Apply from 6 October 2021
Closing date 25 October 2021
The Project Research Officer will work closely with, and report to, Dr. Sonya Krutikova, Deputy Research Director of IFS and Dr Britta Augsburg, Associate Director of IFS.
Current job vacancies
Salary from £40,000
Apply from October 2021
Closing date 19 November 2021
Applications are now open for Post-Doctoral Fellows to start in autumn 2022.
Current job vacancies
Salary £ 405 per week
Apply from 5 October 2021
Closing date Friday 14 January 2022
IFS offers several placements each summer to economics students who are interested in how microeconomics can be applied to public policy issues and who are considering a career in economic research.
Annual recruitment round
Salary Funding to cover stipend and fees
Apply from November 2021
Applications for studentships will next be open from autumn 2021.
Annual recruitment round
Salary Stipend at UKRI level and fees paid
Apply from November 2021
Applications for enrichment years will next be open from autumn 2021.

Case studies

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

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.