Wednesday, April 13, 2016

ESRC PhD Studentship to Research at the Centre

See below for a 3-year ESRC funded PhD studentship working with Dr. Michael Daly and I. 

Post Details

PhD Studentship Stirling Management School 
Full-Time with Start Date on October 1st 2016 (with some flexibility)
Closing date: 5pm on 8th July 2016
Salary: Fees plus 14k per annum
Eligibility: Please see details of whether you are eligible to apply on the relevant ESRC website 

The Post

This 3-year PhD studentship, jointly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and Skills Development Scotland (SDS), is targeted at a highly motivated individual who wishes to work with our team on a study on a project entitled "A Lifespan Approach to Understanding Equality of Opportunity and Career Development in Scotland and the UK" . The successful applicant will conduct their PhD either in Economics or in Business and Management working with Professor Liam Delaney and Dr. Michael Daly of the Stirling Management School Behavioural Science Centre.

Description of Duties

This project will utilise the substantial cohort study data available in the UK to examine the drivers of labour market inequality across the UK with a particular focus on Scotland and differences between Scotland and RUK. The project will apply longitudinal data analysis techniques to examine gender, ethnic, disability, religious and socioeconomic differences in key education and employment outcomes across the life-cycle. We will utilise the National Child Development Cohort Study, British Cohort Study, Understanding Society and other large UK data-sets. We will examine the extent to which inequalities interact with the development of a wide range of hard and soft skills throughout childhood and adolescence, providing key information on the potential importance of such skills to labour market outcomes across the lifespan. We will publish the findings in a range of academic journals in economics, psychology and wider social science. The work builds on our previous SDS-funded project which has published several papers in top-tier journals examining the role of mental health and non-cognitive traits in shaping labour market outcomes. We will continue to disseminate the findings of this work to policy-makers and the wider public through our active social media and workshop programme and in conjunction with the SDS. The PhD student will be guided to work within this project but given substantial support to develop their own independent ideas within the overall topic. Some of the papers below give an idea of the approach our research is taking and potential applicants should read these papers in deciding whether this type of research would be suited to them:

Daly, M., Delaney, L., Egan, M., & Baumeister, R. F. (2015). Childhood self-control and unemployment throughout the lifespan: evidence from two British cohort studies. Psychological Science, 26, 709 - 723.

The successful candidate will enter Stirling Management School as a PhD in Economics and will participate in the Economics DTC pathway. The primary supervisor (Delaney) was PhD Director for the Economics pathway in Scotland for over four years and Stirling is a very active participant in training on this pathway. The student will participate in advanced modules, summer school programmes and masterclasses on this pathway. Stirling is also an active participant on the Business and Management pathway, having received two of the studentships on this pathway in the last two years. On top of pathway training, the student will attend weekly meetings of the Behavioural Science Centre in Stirling and will participate in statistical training and related options being offered locally in Stirling. Our MSc programme in Behavioural Science provides a range of relevant modules and will encourage the candidate to attend modules that are relevant to the completion of the thesis - for example there are modules on behavioural economics and advanced survey and empirical analysis techniques that are designed explicitly to train people for this type of project. The student will also receive mentorship from SDS and will attend seminars and workshops with other SDS-funded PhD students. 

Essential Criteria

Strong intrinsic interest in research at the intersection of Economics and Psychology. 
Ability and willingness to contribute to the intellectual life of the center including participating in seminars, journal clubs, group discussions and related activity. 
MSc training in Economics or Psychology with a strong emphasis on statistics.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to work individually and autonomously as well as potential to work as part of a team. 
Some proficiency in STATA and/or SPSS. 

Desirable Criteria

Specific knowledge of techniques for panel data analysis. 
Existing experience directly in the area of statistical analysis of determinants of psychological welfare. 
Evidence of active engagement with the area of behavioural science including student publications, internship experience and social media activity. 
Experience of preparing research papers. 

Additional Information

About the Stirling Management School Behavioural Science Center

Formed in 2012, the Behavioural Sciences Centre is an interdisciplinary research centre which brings together approaches from economics and psychology to address the key questions in society, such as how to better understand and foster economic and industrial prosperity, decision making and behaviour, and health and well-being. The centre pursues these goals through basic science and applied research, educational programmes, and industrial collaborations. Full details of the work of the behavioural science centre at Stirling are available at the website below. We strongly encourage candidates to explore this website.

How to apply: 

Applicants should send a 2-page CV, academic transcripts and a 2-page cover letter to before 8th July 2016 at 5pm. The cover letter should set out why you are interested in the project and in working with the behavioural science group at Stirling. Applicants will be notified before the end of May. 

Informal enquires should be addressed to Professor Liam

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