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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.

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

Current job vacancies
Salary from £36,000 per annum
Apply from September 2019
Closing date 11 November 2019
Each year IFS recruits a number of outstanding economists to join our research teams.
Current job vacancies
Salary From £36,000
Apply from September 2019
Closing date 22 November 2019
Each year we recruit a number of outstanding post-doctoral economists to join our research teams.
Current job vacancies
Salary £382.50 per week
Apply from September 2019
Closing date 17 January 2020
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.
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.
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.

Case studies

Research Economist, Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies
Alison joined the IFS in 2013.
Research Economist, Pensions and Public Finance research programme
Ben joined the IFS in 2017.
Senior Research Economist, Education research programme
Jack joined the IFS in 2013.
Research Economist, Pensions and Public Finances
George joined IFS in 2011.
Senior Research Economist, Productivity and Innovation Programme
Martin joined IFS in 2008.
Research economist, Income, Work and Welfare programme
Agnes joined the IFS in 2016
Senior Research Economist, Direct Tax and Welfare Research Programme
David joined IFS in 2007.
Deputy Director
Carl joined IFS in 1996.