Research Associate in Finance

Imperial College London Business School

Job summary

Imperial College Business School offers a diverse and vibrant environment in which to work. Located in the heart of South Kensington, the School delivers world-class business education and research, and this post-doctoral researcher job opportunity offers an exciting opportunity to join the professional, busy and expanding Department of Finance.

Job listing information

  • Reference BUS00410
  • Date posted 4 November 2021
  • Closing date 10 January 2022

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £41,593 – £43,376 plus benefits
  • Department Business School
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

Imperial College Business School offers a diverse and vibrant environment in which to work. Located in the heart of South Kensington, the School delivers world-class business education and research, and this post-doctoral researcher job opportunity offers an exciting opportunity to join the professional, busy and expanding Department of Finance.

Duties and responsibilities

Imperial College Business School is beginning an initiative to study household data and decision-making in financial markets around the world, in an effort to develop a deeper academic understanding of household beliefs, preferences, and constraints.

To contribute to this exciting initiative, you will work on projects which harness technological prowess to unearth patterns from data; and combine and discipline data analysis with economic theory and structural economic modelling. This will require a range of techniques in economic analysis including both empirical and theoretical work. The aspiration is to establish an academic knowledge-base on the underlying factors driving household decisions in a range of markets including risky assets, credit, pensions, and housing.

Key Responsibilities & Main Duties for Research Associate

    • Conduct finance and economics research on a number of projects related to the initiative. 
    • Acquiring, collating, and analysing big datasets (structured, unstructured, administrative data, and surveys) from around the world documenting household financial and economic behaviour. 
    • Using state-of-the-art machine learning and other computing techniques to interrogate these data.
    • Developing structural models to map patterns in the data into the beliefs, preferences, and constraints of households and of the agents that they interact with. 
    • Co-author manuscripts for submission to high-impact international journals in economics and finance.
    • Contribute towards the development of research grant applications

Other Activities 

    • Participate in the day to day research activities of the Business School
    • Present your research to a variety of audiences including funders, academics, and policy makers, at seminars, national and international conferences 
    • Undertake appropriate administration tasks associated with working at Imperial College
    • Work collaboratively with all members of the Centre, Business School and College
    • Undertake any necessary training and/or development to equip you with the tools and ability to conduct the required research

Essential requirements

    • Hold a PhD or near completion of one in Economics or Finance
    • Theoretical and statistical / econometric analyses in research projects
    • Communication and dissemination of academic research to a variety of audiences

Further information

This full-time post will commence from July/August 2022 and will be for fixed term of 24 months (with possible extension for up to a further 12 months).

Imperial College offers a wide range of benefits as well as a unique opportunity to work with friendly and dedicated people.  We also offer you our commitment to training and development and a generous leave provision. 

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: The Brevan Howard Centre, on bhcentre@imperial.ac.uk