Research Associate in Finance

University of Cambridge Centre for Endowment Asset Management

We are looking to recruit a post-doctoral Research Associate in Finance to work with the Centre for Endowment Asset Management (CEAM), Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. CEAM is a research and education centre that develops new knowledge and learning into long horizon investing. Through its research, CEAM aims to addresses the challenges faced by long-term investors - a group comprising endowments, sovereign funds, family offices and foundations. Our research activities focus on several key areas including long-run risk and return in traditional and alternative asset classes; factor investing and asset allocation; financial market history; responsible and sustainable investing; and governance of investment organisations.

You will be expected to conduct research in empirical finance, preferably in the area of investment management, but related areas such as asset pricing, behavioural finance and investment strategy will also be considered. This will include developing research objectives and proposals, conducting individual and collaborative research projects, presenting your research in seminars and workshops, producing working papers to be distributed via, developing your research for publication in journals of the highest international standard and presenting to investment practitioners. In addition, you will liaise with colleagues across the Cambridge Finance community and with relevant individuals at Invesco, attend regular seminars and build a network of contacts.

In this role 50% of your time will be spent on your own research projects and 50% on research projects of direct interest to CEAM and the research relationship established with Invesco and their Quantitative Research Group based in Atlanta. This is a research position, not a consulting assignment. There are no teaching obligations which go along with this position. A generous research and travel budget will be provided.

You should have a PhD in finance or have recently submitted your thesis with your defence scheduled. You will be able to demonstrate good technical skills including quantitative empirical finance and financial econometrics. You will be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to research and publications in refereed academic journals. The post is ideally suited for those wishing to work in one or more of empirical asset pricing, foreign exchange, fixed income and derivatives, but related areas will also be considered. Good time management and planning skills with a commitment to delivery are a pre-requisite of this role. In addition, you should be an enthusiastic team member who is driven and committed.

This is a fixed-term appointment for one year in the first instance. The starting date for the appointment is July 1st 2020, or as soon as practicable thereafter. This post will require spending time in both Cambridge and Atlanta.

Closing date for applications is midnight (CT) on May 31, 2020.

Interviews are expected to take place in June 2020, but this could be subject to change, and will be carried out in the first instance via Skype.

When submitting an application for this vacancy, please upload the following (as either a word or pdf document):

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Covering letter explaining your interest in the post.
  • Job Market Paper

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