The department is a lively community that is recognised internationally as one of the top centres for research and teaching in development studies.
Research Officer: Productivity and Development: The Readymade Garment Productivity Project
The Oxford Department of International Development is seeking a fixed-term research officer with strong quantitative skills to manage data work on a large project in the ready-made garment sector. The Ready-made Garment Productivity Project has collected detailed administrative records from nearly 100 garment factories. The main objectives of the project are: understanding productivity dispersion across and within multi-product firms; understanding how management practices relate to persistent productivity differences; assessing the relationship between productivity and worker well-being.
Reporting to the Principal Investigator, Professor Christopher Woodruff, the research officer will take charge of organising the data, identifying and solving issues with comparability across factories, and identifying potential areas for analysis. Experience in statistical analysis and data handling is essential. Experience managing large datasets is preferred. The post is full-time, and tenable for 1 year in the first instance, to start as soon as possible.
The postholder will manage all aspects of the data from the project; produce and facilitate analysis which illuminates key patterns in the data, developing tools as required; design and write reports, including for non-academic audiences and the rmgpp.org website; and conduct analyses for academic publications using the data. Applicants must have a Masters degree in economics, statistics or related field; demonstrated quantitative skills including knowledge of Stata, R, or other statistical software; be flexible, self-motivated, and a team player; demonstrate experience of, and interest in development economics or management; and possess excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here: www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/preemploymentscreening.
Only applications received before 12 noon (UK Time) on Monday 04 December 2017 can be considered.