Senior Research Fellow in International Trade Ref 4588

School/department: University of Sussex Business School, Department of Economics, UK Trade Policy Observatory (UKTPO)
Hours: Full time hours considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need). 
Contract: Fixed term for 3 years (with potential for renewal, subject to funding)
Reference: 4588
Salary: Starting at £51,034 to £59,135 per annum, pro rata if part time.
Placed on: 18 February 2021
Closing date: 22 March 2021. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: To be confirmed.
Expected start date: As soon as possible.
Previous applicants need not apply

Job description

The University of Sussex invites applications for a Senior Research Fellow in International Trade in the Department of Economics.

This is a senior level position, to which we are looking to recruit an experienced post-doctoral researcher with knowledge and expertise in independent research in the field of international trade, a commensurate track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals, and with a demonstrable interest in the policy relevance of their work. This post provides the opportunity to spend the next three years focusing on research with relevance and impact.

The UKTPO is focused on producing high quality academic research as well as engagement with the policy making community and wider stakeholders. The Senior Research Fellow will be expected to undertake the role of Principal Investigator on research projects, demonstrating and providing academic leadership to more junior members of the team. While much of the UKTPO’s work focuses on trade topics for the UK, our work has a broader remit and areas of research and activity are by no means exclusively UK focused.

Our current interests are broad, and we particularly welcome applications from researchers with an interest in the following areas:

  • the effect and impacts of free trade agreements on trade and investment;
  • the relationship between trade and climate policy and more broadly environmental sustainability;
  • the impact on firms, regions and supply chains of changes in trade policy, of ongoing technological change and notably digitization;
  • trade responses to exogeneous shocks such as COVID-19;
  • the role of the UK in the world trading system and in relation to developing countries; and
  • computable modelling of changes in trade policy.

Candidates should demonstrate:

  • The ability to conduct outstanding and impactful academic research in the economics of international trade and integration;
  • the ability to communicate clearly both in writing and verbally;
  • a strong interest in trade policy and
  • willingness to engage with policy makers, stakeholders and the media.

Collaboration and team working are central to the UKTPO, so being able to work closely with colleagues in a fast-moving and exciting area is vital.

Please contact Michael Gasiorek, Director of the UKTPO on /  for informal enquiries.

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

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How to apply

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