Pre-Doctoral Researcher

Job Description & Qualification

AQR Asset Management Institute at London Business School
Pre-Doctoral Researcher

Job type: Full-time (fixed-term contract up to two years)
Salary: From £30,000 to £40,000 according to qualifications and experience
Location: London Business School, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4SA
Eligibility: Open to EU and non-EU applicants

The AQR Asset Management Institute Pre-Doctoral Researcher position offers a unique educational opportunity for high-potential individuals to come to LBS to participate in the intellectual life of the school. The Researcher role provides an ideal transition for recent graduates who are interested in going on to a top business school PhD programme in finance, economics or accounting.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Successful candidates will work closely with leading faculty in finance, economics and accounting, learn to provide research assistance, e.g., in the form of data collection and analysis, and will receive mentoring from the faculty with whom they are working. They will be able to take one PhD course per term, attend workshops and seminars and access a rich intellectual and cultural campus life. Overall, the position provides excellent preparation for high-level doctoral studies.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have at least an undergraduate degree in economics or finance or in a related area such as mathematics, statistics or computer science. Previous experience in a similar role – even as an undergraduate – is an advantage. Some knowledge of programming in, for example, R, Matlab, Python, SAS, Stata etc. is also helpful.

The term of the post is normally two years but in exceptional cases, candidates wishing to participate for only one year will be considered.

1. Submit an application via Interfolio:
a. include a CV with full educational history, detailing any relevant professional experience, and knowledge of programming languages and statistical/ econometric software;
b. provide a short covering letter, specifying earliest start date and desired end date, i.e. preference for 1 or 2 years;
2. Provide names of two referees (full references not required at application stage); and
3. Complete the Diversity Monitoring Form.

The closing date for applications for the 2021 intake is Friday, 18 June 2021. Interviews will be held in July via Zoom. Successful candidates will be expected to start in August or September 2021, or at a later date to be agreed.

We look forward to hearing from you.

London Business School is an equal opportunities employer.

ABOUT LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL: LBS is one of the world’s elite business schools. We shape business practice and transform careers across the globe. Our academic strength drives original and provocative business thinking, empowering our people to challenge conventional wisdom in a truly unique academic environment.

- Academic excellence
Above all, we’re an academic institution with an unquenchable thirst for learning. Our fundamental academic strength drives original, provocative and actionable thinking. Our teaching, consulting, research, service delivery and ethical standards are world-class. Academically rigorous ourselves, we expect extraordinarily high standards from all of our students and participants.

- London spirit
Our multicultural community gains strength and ideas from London’s dynamism. London is the world’s most connected city and a global centre for finance, business and culture.

- Global mindset
We are a global school. Our students, staff, faculty, alumni and corporate partners come from all over the world. We use our diversity to create a multi-portfolio, multicultural learning environment embodying the global ambitions of big business, small business and entrepreneurs alike.

ABOUT THE AQR ASSET MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE: London Business School’s AQR Asset Management Institute harnesses the School’s dynamic combination of academic excellence, global perspective and London experience.

The Institute promotes excellence in asset management via three main channels:

- Research and best practice for the global investment community
The Institute conducts and supports a wide range of research in the field of asset management at LBS.

- The exchange of ideas
The Institute offers a preeminent forum for the sharing of ideas and the debate of critical investment issues, convening leading academics, practitioners, policymakers and regulators from around the globe.

- Future leaders and scholars in asset management
The Institute recognises academic and research excellence by supporting London Business School students and rising scholars around the world with a series of awards.

London Business School is proud to partner in this endeavour with AQR Capital Management.

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- Contact us via or phone +44 (0) 20 7000 8202.

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