Research Associate, Initiative on Household Finance and Decision-Making

Imperial College Business School
London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
Internationally Competitive
Closing date
Jan 10, 2022

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Imperial College Business School offers a diverse and vibrant environment in which to work. Located in the heart of South Kensington, the School delivers world-class business education and research, and this post-doctoral researcher job opportunity offers an exciting opportunity to join the professional, busy and expanding Department of Finance.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Imperial College Business School is beginning an initiative to study household data and decision-making in financial markets around the world, in an effort to develop a deeper academic understanding of household beliefs, preferences, and constraints
  • To contribute to this exciting initiative, you will work on projects which harness technological prowess to unearth patterns from data; and combine and discipline data analysis with economic theory and structural economic modelling. This will require a range of techniques in economic analysis including both empirical and theoretical work. The aspiration is to establish an academic knowledge-base on the underlying factors driving household decisions in a range of markets including risky assets, credit, pensions, and housing.

Key Responsibilities & Main Duties for Research Associate:

  • Conduct finance and economics research on several projects related to the initiative.  
  • Acquiring, collating, and analysing big datasets (structured, unstructured, administrative data, and surveys) from around the world documenting household financial and economic behaviour.  
  • Using state-of-the-art machine learning and other computing techniques to interrogate these data. 
  • Developing structural models to map patterns in the data into the beliefs, preferences, and constraints of households and of the agents that they interact with.  
  • Co-author manuscripts for submission to high-impact international journals in economics and finance. 
  • Contribute towards the development of research grant applications 

Other Activities:

  • Participate in the day-to-day research activities of the Business School
  • Present your research to a variety of audiences including funders, academics, and policy makers, at seminars, national and international conferences  
  • Undertake appropriate administration tasks associated with working at Imperial College 
  • Work collaboratively with all members of the Centre, Business School and College
  • Undertake any necessary training and/or development to equip you with the tools and ability to conduct the required research 

Essential requirements:

  • Hold a PhD or near completion of one in Economics or Finance 
  • Theoretical and statistical / econometric analyses in research projects 
  • Communication and dissemination of academic research to a variety of audiences

Further Information: 

To apply please click here:    or visit:  and search for BUS00410.

Closing date: 10 January 2022

This full-time post will commence from July/August 2022 and will be for fixed term of 24 months (with possible extension for up to a further 12 months).

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: The Brevan Howard Centre, on

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