Research Assistant

Cardiff, Cardiff (Caerdydd)
£27,511 - £31,866 per
04 Nov 2019
02 Dec 2019
Contract Type
Part Time

Research Assistant – Julian Hodge Institute of Applied Macroeconomics

Cardiff Business School

Salary: £27,511 - £31,866 per annum, pro-rata for hours worked (Grade 5)

Vacancy Number: 9269BR

Cardiff Business School is widely regarded as one of the leading business and management schools in the UK, ranked 6th in the UK for the quality of its research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). We educate over 3,500 students annually, including over 1,500 international students. Cardiff Business School has an international faculty of world-leading scholars and our research reputation has helped us become an attractive centre of scholarship for colleagues from the UK and beyond.

As the world’s first Public Value Business School, Cardiff Business School has a commitment to delivering societal as well as economic value though the undertaking of world leading inter-disciplinary research addressing the grand challenges facing business and organisations.

In May 1999, Cardiff Business School and Julian Hodge Bank announced a major new initiative, the establishment of the Julian Hodge Institute of Applied Macroeconomics. The main aim of the Institute is to carry out research into the behaviour of the UK economy, and to study in particular its relationship with the other economies of Europe. This research has been given especial relevance by the ongoing discussions on the extra powers regularly requested by the European Union and also by the recent crisis in the eurozone. The institute's research work further extends across international trade, money and banking, international finance and econometrics, in a collaboration between around twenty academics, mostly in Cardiff, and some fifty PhD students.

The institute's director since it was founded has been Professor Patrick Minford, of Cardiff Business School, who is also the Economic Adviser to Julian Hodge Bank. Apart from its research projects the institute carries on the forecasting and modelling work which Professor Minford began at Liverpool University and has been based mainly in Cardiff for more than a decade, producing forecasts and policy analysis of the UK and other major economies.

The post provides an opportunity for a talented researcher keen to develop a career in macro-econometric research. The successful candidate will assist with research on the evaluation and development of macro-economic models. They will work with a group of researchers in JHIAM and the Economics Section of the Business School whose work in this area is widely published internationally and leading to important new ways of evaluating the macro-economic models being used by governments and central banks around the world.

The successful candidate will work closely with Professor Patrick Minford. Other collaborators will be Professor Mike Wickens and Drs. Vo Phuong Mai Le and David Meenagh. JHIAM provides a research-intensive context and the post-holder will be expected to provide research support to on-going research projects. There is a very supportive culture that will provide the post holder with all of the necessary guidance and support to produce high quality research outputs and in the process develop their skills and advance their career.

Professor Minford is the Director of JHIAM and has been professor of Applied Economics at Cardiff Business School since 1992 and full-time since 1997. He has held a variety of economic positions, including spells in East Africa, industry, and H M Treasury. From 1976 to 1997, he was the Edward Gonner Professor of Applied Economics at Liverpool University. He was a Member of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission from 1990 to 1996, and one of the H M Treasury's Panel of Forecasters (the '6 Wise Men') from 1993 to 1996. He was made a CBE in 1996 for services to economics. He has written widely on macroeconomics and related policy issues. 

Professor Wickens, and Drs. Le and Meenagh are well-known collaborators with Prof. Minford in the area of macro-modelling. Prof. Wickens has published widely in leading international econometrics and economic journals; he was managing editor of the Economic Journal 1996-2004. All three teach economics at Cardiff Business School.

This post is part-time (17.5 hours per week) and fixed term for one year.

To apply, please visit our website

Closing date: Monday, 2 December 2019.

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