Research Fellow for Female Labour Supply Project in Africa and Asia ref 2804

School/department: School of Business, Management and Economics, Department of Economics
Hours: full time 
Contract: fixed term for up to 8 months  
Reference:  2804
Salary: starting at £32,548 and rising to £38,833 per annum
Placed on: 11 January 2018
Closing date:  12 February 2018.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: February 2018
Expected start date: To be confirmed

Job description

Applications are invited from PhD graduates in economics or those expecting to graduate this year to work as a postdoctoral researcher on a four-country research project, involving Professor Andy McKay, Professor Richard Disney, Dr Amalavoyal Chari and Dr Iftikhar Hussain at the University of Sussex, working closely with patterns based in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Pakistan and Rwanda.  

The successful candidate will have comprehensive background knowledge of development and/or about economics, and will have both extensive experience of working with micro level data and advanced level of expertise in stata.  Field experience, as well as experience with other software packages such as R, would be an advantage but neither is required.

Our project uses existing data sources to look at the evolving nature of female labour supply in developing countries.  We begin with a descriptive analysis of the evolution of female labour supply. Following this, we will seek to try to separate shorter term coping labour supply response in response to shocks from longer-term engagement with the labour market. 

Finally, we will seek to use exogenous policy or other changes in each country to identify impacts on female labour supply, again seeking to try to distinguish coping from longer term responses. More information on the project may be obtained by contacting Professor Andy McKay at

The position would suit a researcher wishing to gain additional experience before applying for academic positions or work in research environments or consulting; as well as someone hoping to increase their publication record. 

The post may involve travel to partner countries though this is not an essential requirement.   

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Andy McKay at .

Applications should consist of curriculum vitae, cover letter, application form and two letters of recommendation.

This position is offered for a period of eight months.

Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 2804) (PDF 240.10KB)

How to apply

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