PhD Studentship in Education and Labour Market Data Analytics

PhD Studentship in Education and Labour Market Data Analytics

Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE)

University of Cambridge, Faculty of Mathematics

We invite outstanding applications for a fully funded PhD studentship, supported by the Gatsby Foundation, commencing in October 2018. Funds are available for three and a half years and will cover UK/EU fees, an annual living stipend, and some research expenses.

The successful candidate will undertake research using data science methods to exploit a growing linked database of education register data with further large-scale administrative data on employment, earnings, unemployment benefits and business data.  The PhD will be concerned with research on the relationship between technical education and social mobility and the economic benefits of skills, training and qualifications for labour productivity and wages.

The student will contribute to the research programme of the Economics Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE), based at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and sponsored by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The student’s research will contribute to and complement an ESCoE research project that seeks to exploit administrative data with “Big Data” methods to build up a coherent and robust evidence-base on the social mobility and productivity implications of technical education.

The successful candidate will be jointly supervised by Dr James Fergusson (Faculty of Mathematics, Cambridge), Dr Kaisey Mandel (Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, Cambridge) and Dr Stefan Speckesser (NIESR), and take part in the comprehensive training programme offered by the Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science at the University of Cambridge. The student will also benefit from collaboration with Professor Anna Vignoles (Faculty of Education, Cambridge) and the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre at Cambridge. The latter includes a range of courses in research methods used by social scientists, as well as the opportunity to engage with social science PhD students. As part of the studentship, the successful candidate will also participate in a 6-month internship with the ONS.

Applicants should have the equivalent of a very good undergraduate degree in mathematics or similarly quantitative subject. Applicants should meet University requirements for English language proficiency[1].

How to apply

All applicants for this Gatsby Foundation/ESCoE scholarship will need to apply to the University via the usual route as outlined on the Graduate Admissions website:

NB: You must choose the department to which you are applying, either DAMTP or Institute of Astronomy.

If you wish to be considered for other sources of funding if your Gatsby Foundation/ESCoE application is unsuccessful, please ensure you tick all appropriate boxes on the GRADSAF.

For enquiries and details on how to apply please contact:

Graduate Admissions, University of Cambridge
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 760606

Please quote CAM_ESCoE on your application to your specified department and submit by 24 March 2018.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview to take place soon after the closing date for applications in April 2018.




Thursday, February 15, 2018