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At IFS, we recruit top-quality economists. We specialise in the economic analysis of public policy, bridging the gap between purely academic research and issues of practical policy design or evaluation. You will carry out in-depth economic research and communicate your findings to politicians, journalists, academics and others such as campaigning groups and professional organisations.

You will work closely with colleagues in a small team as well as with other teams across the Institute; your colleagues will include policy experts and leading academics from the UK and overseas. We will support you in developing your skills, through further study, ad hoc training and by giving you opportunities to get involved with all aspects of research and communication right from the start.

We recruit annually for research economists, post-doctoral fellows, graduate scholars and summer students. We also consider applications for senior economists on an ongoing basis

For more information about working at the IFS, you can download our 2018-19 recruitment brochure.

Annual recruitment round
Salary Fees etc in line with ESRC rates
Apply from Not currently recruiting
Closing date N/A
The IFS runs an annual Graduate Scholarship Programme, whereby students studying for a PhD on an accredited pathway at an ESRC doctoral training centre are affiliated with the IFS.
Annual recruitment round
Salary Between £54K and £68K
Apply from Ongoing
Closing date Ongoing
We are currently interested in applications from experienced economists with expertise in one or more of these areas: labour economics, welfare, pensions, taxation, public finances, and economics of education.
Current job vacancies
Salary £382.50 per week
Apply from October 2018
Closing date 18 January 2019
IFS offers several placements each summer to economics students who are interested in how microeconomics can be applied to public policy issues and who are considering a career in economic research.
Current job vacancies
Salary From £36,000
Apply from October 2018
Closing date 18 January 2019
Each year IFS recruits a number of outstanding economists to join our research teams.