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Senior Research Associate (Limited Term)

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The Kellogg Institute for International Studies is seeking a full-time Senior Research Associate in development economics to work as part of a dynamic interdisciplinary team of scholars affiliated with the Kellogg Institute’s policy and practice lab on inclusive growth and the Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity. The Research Associate will work with a range of faculty researchers in development economics and other disciplines to address major questions at the nexus of integral human development and development economics, such as the root causes and associated challenges of poverty (e.g., conflict, illicit economies, refugees), the structural and institutional drivers of poverty reduction, and possible solutions for reducing barriers to inclusive growth. The policy and practice lab team and its research will be unified not by a criterion of disciplinary membership, but by the topic of economic development and quantitatively-oriented methodologies. The research outputs of the research team will contribute directly to the Kellogg Institute research theme of Human Development, and the research associate will operate in close collaboration with researchers and affiliated projects in the policy and practice lab and the Ford Program. This is a limited term, full-time position of up to two years in length. A projected start date of July 2022 or sooner is expected. This position is scheduled to end on or before June 30, 2024. The Senior Research Associate will work closely with economics faculty and other University researchers to support research projects in the Institute’s policy and practice lab and funded through the Kellogg Institute. This work will include providing research infrastructure related to seed funding, data analysis and dissemination of results, as well as assistance with project management, including logistics and communications in organizing workshops, and handling external grant applications. Specific responsibilities will include:

  • conducting background data analysis and reviews of existing research;    
  • initiating comparison studies of similar projects in other settings and identifying innovative approaches to adopt;   
  •  identifying locations for field work;  
  • conducting data collection (e.g. survey design,  IRB processes, pre-registration, identifying local survey agencies and/or enumerator hiring and training);
  • providing data management and analysis, including management of data storage according to established protocols;
  • coordinating with field teams to resolve data issues; •    conducting statistical analysis and simulations, as needed;
  • rendering ongoing project management and coordination with stakeholders (this includes providing regular updates to donor/funding agencies, writing reports, arranging regular meetings with implementation partners, field managers etc.);
  • writing grant applications for external grants.

Educating and training the next generation of researchers in development economics is an important goal of this program. The Senior Research Associate opportunity will enable support and training for graduate students in quantitative social science research skills, and provide them opportunities to undertake theses with a significant fieldwork component. This may be an ideal pre-doctoral position for someone with the goal of eventually pursuing a PhD.

This is a limited term, full-time position of up to two years in length. A projected start date of July 2022 or sooner is expected. This position is scheduled to end on or before June 30, 2024.

Interested applicants should submit: (1) a cover letter outlining their qualifications for this position; (2) a complete CV; (3) a short writing sample demonstrating their writing strengths; (4) the names and contact information of two faculty who can provide references; and (5) a transcript of academic work completed, to date (unofficial institutional transcripts are acceptable). The ideal candidate will have completed a 4-year undergraduate degree (bachelors or foreign equivalent) in economics, statistics, applied mathematics, or related field; possess a strong quantitative background and strong writing skills (evidenced by a writing sample); possess experience programming in Stata; be highly organized; and be able to exercise independent problem-solving skills, as well as an ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

A Master’s degree in economics, statistics, applied mathematics, or related field is preferred. Matlab or other programming languages a plus.

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Job opening: 05/12/2022
Job closing: 06/02/2022


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