THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR THESE VACANCIES IS NOW CLOSED

May 13 2021

We’re pleased to announce that we’re now looking for new additions to our small, friendly team in order to work on exciting research projects aimed at changing economic agendas. Below you can find job adverts for two positions: a Quantitative Economist, and a Data Visualisation Specialist.

 

Each of these roles can be carried out remotely and internationally (depending on circumstances).

Job summary: Quantitative Economist 

 

Job title: Economist

 

Reports to: Director of Research and other team members

 

Job purpose: To work with Autonomy’s policy and data teams to produce innovative and agenda-setting economic research and proposals.

 

Ideal candidate: A creative, efficient team-player who has a clear grasp of mainstream and heterodox economic theories and methods. You will be comfortable working with diverse data sets and be able to identify opportunities for new and interesting research questions and projects. You have previously worked as part of a small team and would be excited by the opportunity to work within an organisation researching and advocating for economic justice.

 

Salary: £30,000 per year (pro rata)

 

Hours: 1, 2 or 3 days per week (8 – 24 hours, depending on what is agreed)

 

Contract length: 12 months (3 month probation period) with a view to becoming a permanent member of the Autonomy team.

Your duties and responsibilities    

 

Economic calculation, analysis and evaluation

 

  • You will be a core team member, providing the economic analysis on some of Autonomy’s most innovative research and policy projects.
  • You will be working with different members of the Autonomy team – from our comms lead, to our Data Unit, as well as fellow researchers.
  • You will have the freedom and responsibility to develop your understanding of the policy field and economics discipline, in order that you can bring new insights to bear on Autonomy’s work.
  • You will also occasionally engage with colleagues from other organisations as part of our collaborative work.
  • You will help produce new ideas for potential research projects with the rest of the team.
  • You will help steer Autonomy’s longer-term research agenda.

Person Specification

 

Essential

 

Experience:

  • Experience in a research or policy environment
  • Experience working quickly, occasionally to tight deadlines

Education:

  • Undergraduate degree in economics, political economy, sociology, statistics, or related subject
  • At least one undergraduate degree module in advanced statistics, econometrics, or related subject
  • Ability to use R, Python, or similar

Knowledge and Interests:

  • A commitment to economic justice
  • A good knowledge of the sources of UK socio-economic data
  • An ability to independently plan and organise your workload, in line with agreed standards and deadlines, as well as adapt to new priorities
  • An ability to work collaboratively with others and keep relevant team members informed as to progress
  • An interest in politics, economics and the role of research in shaping agendas
  • An eye for detail.

 

Desirable

 

Experience:

  • Previous publication of research articles, policy briefs, or similar

Education:

  • Postgraduate degree in economics, political economy, sociology, statistics, or related subject
  • At least one postgraduate degree module in advanced statistics, econometrics, or related subject
  • Ability to use D3.js, or similar

Knowledge and Interests:

  • Knowledge of Autonomy’s previous output
  • Familiarity with the think tank sector

 

We encourage early career researchers and current PhD students to apply for the post. What matters most to us are your skills, and your ambition to contribute to change, not merely your credentials.

What is Autonomy?

 

We are an independent think tank that produces innovative research and policy proposals related to the future of work and economic planning. Our audiences are governments, journalists, activists, trade unions and political parties. Our research grounds policy that can function in a world of automation and underemployment, as well as persistent economic inequality and environmental crisis. Our objective is to envisage and communicate a world of work that moves beyond precarity, overwork and mass poverty to one which prioritises worker democracy, free time, security and sustainability.

 

Autonomy has established itself as an innovative, nimble research organisation that has had significant impact within public debates around the future of work. Our work has garnered praise from the MPs from a variety of political parties, leading economists and wider social campaigns. Our research regularly appears in mainstream media of all kinds, from the tabloids to the World Economic Forum.

 

As part of our outreach work, we engage with a network of campaign groups such as the 4 Day Week Campaign (and its international counterparts), forward-thinking trade unions like the Communication Workers Union (CWU), the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation as well as events organisations such as the World Transformed. We are also a partner and contributor to the European Network for the Fair Sharing of Working Time as well as the Green New Deal for Europe

 

We currently have a number of active streams of research. Examples include:

 

    • Covid: tracking unemployment and industrial impacts of the virus and showing its effects on the lives of the population. What will the new, post-Covid economy be?
    • The shorter working week: where next for the future of working time reduction?
    • Community-based foundational infrastructures: sustainable, collective infrastructure for care, SMEs and sustainable practices.
    • Autonomy_Digital: understand the contours of the digital economy and develop its potential towards more sustainable and empowering horizons.
    • Flexibility for the worker: flexibility in itself is no bad thing, but it is currently only benefiting employers in the labour market. How do we change this?
    • The Future of Welfare: moving beyond conditionality and stigmatisation to more universal systems.

 

How to apply:

 

Our application process is quite straightforward. Just send a CV (no more than 2 pages) and 1 page statement of interest to info@autonomy.work by the deadline.

 

Application deadline: June 1st 2021

 

Interviews: Interviews will be held from June 10th onwards

 

If you have any questions about the role or are worried about applying please email info@autonomy.work

 

We are committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in our sector and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA; people who have a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class or have done so in the past.

Job summary: Data Visualisation Specialist

 

Job title: Data Visualisation Specialist (as part of Autonomy’s Data Unit)

 

Reports to: Director of Research

 

Job purpose: To visualise any and all of Autonomy’s data-driven work, ensure high standards in the communication of Autonomy’s findings, balancing clarity, complexity and innovation.

 

Ideal candidate: A creative, efficient team-player who has experience working with diverse data sets and visualisation formats. You have previously worked as part of a small team and would be excited by the opportunity to work within an organisation researching and advocating for economic justice.

 

Salary: £30,000 per year (pro rata)

 

Hours: 1, 2 or 3 days per week (8 – 24 hours depending on what is agreed)

 

Contract length: 12 months (3 month probation period).

Your duties and responsibilities    

 

Data visualisation

 

  • Working as part of our Data Unit (the ADU), you will augment quantitative economic research with visualisations of the resultant findings.
  • You will creatively feed into the design of some research projects themselves, at earlier stages of their development.
  • You will contribute new ideas for potential research with the rest of the team, showing an early awareness of how the finished data could be presented.
  • You will help standardise and streamline the process from data processing to visualisation within Autonomy.

Person Specification

 

Essential

 

Experience

  • Experience visualising a variety of data sets to a professional standard, either individually or as part of a team.
  • Experience working quickly, occasionally to tight deadlines, turning raw data into a finished product efficiently.

 

Skills / Knowledge / Interests

  • Ability to use all of the following: Python, JavaScript, HTML and CSS
  • Ability to use d3.js or other, similar data-visualisation libraries, including interactive plots.
  • Advanced ability to visualise data using libraries such as: Matplotlib, Plotly, Bokeh, Seaborn and beyond.
  • An ability to independently plan and organise a workload for themselves, in line with agreed standards and deadlines and to adapt according to new priorities.
  • An ability to work collaboratively with others and keep relevant team members informed as to progress.
  • An interest in politics, economics and the role research can play in shaping agendas.
  • An understanding of data visualisation for a variety of mediums, from laptop, to tablet to mobile.
  • An eye for detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Desirable

 

Experience

  • Experience in web design and web development.

 

Skills / Knowledge / Interests

  • Knowledge of Autonomy’s previous output
  • Familiarity with the think tank sector

What is Autonomy?

 

We are an independent think tank that produces innovative research and policy proposals related to the future of work and economic planning. Our audiences are governments, journalists, activists, trade unions and political parties. Our research grounds policy that can function in a world of automation and underemployment, as well as persistent economic inequality and environmental crisis. Our objective is to envisage and communicate a world of work that moves beyond precarity, overwork and mass poverty to one which prioritises democracy, free time, security and sustainability.

 

Autonomy has established itself as an innovative, nimble research organisation that has had significant impact within public debates around the future of work. Our work has garnered praise from the MPs from a variety of political parties, leading economists and wider social campaigns. Our research regularly appears in mainstream media of all kinds, from the tabloids to the World Economic Forum.

 

As part of our outreach work, we engage with a network of campaign groups such as the 4 Day Week Campaign (and its international counterparts), forward-thinking trade unions like the Communication Workers Union (CWU), the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation as well as events organisations such as the World Transformed. We are also a partner and contributor to the European Network for the Fair Sharing of Working Time as well as the Green New Deal for Europe

 

We currently have a number of active streams of research. Examples include:

 

    • Covid: tracking unemployment and industrial impacts of the virus and showing its effects on the lives of the population. What will the new, post-Covid economy be?
    • The shorter working week: where next for the future of working time reduction?
    • Community-based foundational infrastructures: sustainable, collective infrastructure for care, SMEs and sustainable practices.
    • Autonomy_Digital: understand the contours of the digital economy and develop its potential towards more sustainable and empowering horizons.
    • Flexibility for the worker: flexibility in itself is no bad thing, but it is currently only benefiting employers in the labour market. How do we change this?
    • The Future of Welfare: moving beyond conditionality and stigmatisation to more universal systems.

 

How to apply:

 

Our application process is quite straightforward. Just send a CV (no more than 2 pages) and 1 page statement of interest to info@autonomy.work by the deadline.

 

Sample of work: we’d also love to see some of your previous work – whether it be static visualisations or interactive plots. Please send over a sample portfolio, or link.

 

Application deadline: June 1st 2021

 

Interviews: Interviews will be held from June 10th onwards

 

If you have any questions about the role or are worried about applying please email info@autonomy.work

 

We are committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in our sector and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA; people who have a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class or have done so in the past.