The University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (IPR) is a leading institute of public policy research in the UK. We undertake and enable policy-relevant research to make an impact, especially through building links with the worlds of policy and practice as well as by increasing public understanding of policy research through our Public Lecture and Publications series.

We deliver activities for policymakers, researchers and practitioners to enable two-way learning and original contributions to both research and practice, delivered through our Policy Fellowship Programme, Professional Doctorate, Masters in Public Policy, and Visiting Fellows and Visiting Policy Fellows Schemes.

We are currently recruiting:

  • Research Associate - (Fixed Term). This is an exciting opportunity for an outstanding postdoctoral economist to join the team at the IPR working on Universal Basic Income research. The project, led by Professors Nick Pearce and Chris Martin, will investigate (1) the interaction in advanced economies between technology, output GDP, labour income and consumer expenditure and (2) the relative merits of UBI as a response to increased automation and falling labour shares of national income. An economist with research expertise and interests in macro-economics, particularly New Keynesianism and Modern Monetary Theory, and strong quantitative skills is sought for the post.

The minimum requirement for selection is a PhD (or equivalent) in economics (or a related discipline), or evidence that the PhD will be completed prior to the start date of the post.

  • IPR Research Assistant (Fixed term). We are seeking a motivated professional with a background or interest in policy research. You will assist the IPR Programme Lead and Director with research development and research support activities across the Institute‚Äôs dynamic and topical research programme. This presents a unique opportunity for gaining experience in a range of public policy research and project management activities.

In this role, you will support the development of research funding applications, conduct literature searches and reviews, prepare briefings and presentations and assist with qualitative and quantitative data analysis. You will attend meetings with internal and external project partners, and report back to relevant colleagues. There will be opportunities to get involved in writing publications, reports and blogs, and developing and capturing project impact.

An understanding of public policy research is essential, as well as strong verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills and experience in meeting deadlines in the context of managing a busy workload. A relevant Masters degree is highly desirable.

You will identify new opportunities and produce digital content for the IPR website and social media channels and create data visuals for IPR reports and IPR digital platforms. You will run the IPR Blog by maintaining an active schedule of posts as well as developing and delivering plans for promoting the IPR Blog to new audiences. You will assist in organising and attend high profile public events, meetings and conferences, including roundtable events with policymakers in the South West and London.

You will be able to demonstrate experience of working in a communications environment, production of videos, delivery of events and effective use of social media to disseminate research to key audiences.

You will possess outstanding organisational and excellent interpersonal skills, and have proven ability to communicate confidently and effectively both orally and in writing.