The IPS’s reputation as the leading economic policy research organisation in Sri Lanka is built on the expertise and experience of our people. We provide a vibrant environment to dynamic individuals inspired by the opportunity to bridge the gap between research excellence and policy impact. If you are interested in a career with the IPS, please explore our research and related open positions, below.

Research Staff

We offer you the opportunity to be part of a vibrant research team, with a high degree of autonomy to develop your research potential and policy functions. Placement of research staff in our regular cadre depends on your qualifications, skills and research experience, among others.

Undergraduate Internship Programme

We offer students the opportunity to take part in a dynamic internship programme that provides hands-on experience. Internship opportunities are available throughout the year to currently enrolled students or recent graduates in economics or closely related fields.

Graduate Student Internship Programme

We offer an opportunity for research collaboration for students registered for a Masters or PhD degree at a recognised university in Sri Lanka. Interested applicants must be working on socio-economic development issues of relevance to Sri Lanka.

Visiting Scholar Programme

We offer an opportunity for research collaboration to newly qualified, overseas based MPhil/PhD scholars keen to connect to the socio-economic development policy landscape in Sri Lanka. Interested applicants must be working on socio-economic development issues of relevance to Sri Lanka.

Senior Researchers

IPS invites interested candidates to apply for its senior research positions

Who are we looking for?

The IPS is looking to strengthen its research capacity with dynamic individuals motivated to influence policies through high quality research and effective communication. We are seeking candidates who would lead policy-relevant research, mentor junior staff in research activities, mobilise research grants, disseminate research findings and strengthen our networks. In turn, IPS offers you the opportunity to be part of a vibrant research team, with a high degree of autonomy to develop your research potential.

Qualifications/skills:

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and skills:

  • A PhD or an MPhil in economics, econometrics or a relevant field.
  • Previous experience in a research role, ideally in leading and managing research projects.
  • A consistent track record of publications with reputed publishers.
  • A keen interest in policy engagement, preferably with established policy and academic networks.
  • Good interpersonal skills and an ability to lead and mentor junior researchers.

The application should clearly indicate: a) academic qualifications; b) research and work experience; c) publication history; and d) proof of analytical, writing and presentation skills.

If you fit the above description and would like to be part of a dynamic team, please send us your curriculum vitae along with details of two non-related referees to careers@ips.lk indicating the position as the subject line of the email.