Vacancy for Parliamentary Researcher
Robert Skidelsky
Monday, June 10, 2013

Lord Skidelsky is a crossbench peer looking for a researcher to support him in his parliamentary and public activities. Typical tasks would include providing briefings on legislation and committee activities, research for speeches and newspaper articles, and media monitoring. Longer-term projects would include adapting a series of lectures on fiscal and monetary policy for publication as a book.
 
Applicants should have a strong background in economics (typically holding or in the process of completing a relevant masters’) with a sound grasp of current macro-economic policy debates. Interest in government and economic policy is essential. Applicants should be familiar with major sources of macro-economic data: ONS, IMF &c. Applicants must be able to write clearly and concisely, and to present data in an accessible manner. Applicants should be technically fluent in economics, but equally able to translate this into ordinary language. Knowledge of Russian would be desirable. The successful applicant would have the opportunity to publish their own material under the auspices of the Centre for Global Studies, a think tank which focuses on economic policy.
 
The usual requirements of a busy office environment apply: the ability to work independently, manage a variety of tasks, flexibility to suit changing priorities.
 
The job is based in Westminster, working Monday-Friday 9:30-5:30, though applicants who would prefer to combine a part-time role with further study would also be considered.
 
Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO).
 
Deadline for application midnight on June 16. Shortlisted candidates would be asked to complete a short writing assessment before interview. Interviews will take place on June 25.
 
Contract to run for 1 year subject to a probationary period, to begin at the end of September (exact date flexible). Salary £25-30,000 depending on experience.
 
Please submit a CV, a covering letter detailing why you would be suitable for the job, and the names of two referees to Pete Mills: . Please put "Parliamentary Researcher Application" in the subject line.