Tuesday, November 27, 2012

2 Year Research Assistant Post ESRI

(Experiments in Consumer Choice)

The ESRI undertakes a broad programme of empirical social and economic research, with a particular focus on Ireland. An additional opportunity for a Research Assistant to join our programme has arisen and applications are now invited.

The RA will be part of a small team that will undertake computerised forced-choice experiments designed to explore the ability of Irish consumers to choose between complex products. The overall goal of the research programme is to assist policymakers wanting to improve consumers’ experiences in markets with complex products and service contracts.

A broader aim is to expand the ESRI’s work in the area of behavioural and experimental economics.

The successful candidate is likely to have a background in economics, psychology, neuroscience, marketing science, or a related area that involves the quantitative, experimental study of human behaviour.

The RA will be expected to:

Programme computerised forced-choice experiments

Run the experiments on individual subjects from a panel of Irish consumers

Undertake statistical analysis of experimental data

Write up analysis for articles and reports

Co-present findings to audiences of academics and policymakers

RAs also attend and present at academic seminars and conferences, and are expected to engage with policymakers and stakeholders in line with the ESRI’s mission to provide evidence for policy.

The Research Assistantship programme is of two years’ duration. Participants will receive dedicated supervision and appropriate additional training. On completion of the programme, the successful candidate could reasonably expect to have been involved in the preparation of at least four significant publications and will have acquired excellent research skills. It may be possible at this stage, funding permitting, to extend the role or to develop it towards a Ph.D.

How to apply:

An application should be made by email to jobs@esri.ie, containing:

1. A completed application form.

2. A full CV.

3. A brief letter of application outlining any relevant research experience you have had and indicating your areas of interest and why you would wish to work as a Research Assistant in this area.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday, 5 December 2012 . Interviews will take place in mid-December.

Incomplete or late applications will not be processed.

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