Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Location: Hyde Park Campus
The University of Chicago has an opening for a highly skilled and independently motivated individual to work as a full-time Research Specialist. The successful candidate will work directly under the supervision of Dr. Alessandra GonzÃ¡lez, Senior Research Associate, and Assistant Professor Felix Tintelnot at the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, and make important contributions to several research projects at the intersection of experimental economics, labor economics, and international trade. The Research Specialist will be involved in the design of experiments, surveys, project implementation, and empirical analysis. The position would provide ideal training for a recent graduate (with a bachelors or masters degree) who is interested in going on to do an Economics PhD, as it offers a chance to gain practical experience prior to beginning more formal instruction.
Assist with the design and implementation of experiments and surveys
Write codes to 1) ensure data cleanliness and detect errors, 2) facilitate integration of data sets, and 3) support statistical and econometric analysis and replication of data
The Research Specialist will also analyze data using standard econometric research methods
In addition to cleaning data and programming, the research specialist will contribute to writing, proofreading and fact-checking papers, as well as preparing tables and figures for papers and presentations
The position may involve travel to data originating destinations (approximately up to 25% of the time)
This position will require a commitment of at least 1 year
Excellent organizational, quantitative, and analytical skills with high-level of accuracy and sharp attention to detail required
Interest in computers and willingness to learn new programs and methods
A quick, self-learner with ability to initiate, organize, prioritize and complete multiple, high-level projects; meet tight deadlines; and work effectively with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment required
Ability to use appropriate resources and follow an issue through to resolution required
Demonstrated sound judgment, ability to solve problems and make effective decisions required
Must be willing to travel to sites as needed
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Bachelor's degree in Economics, Statistics, Computer Science, or another relevant quantitative field required
Interest in economic research or experience in behavioral or experimental research (including IRB protocols, pre-registry of experiments, conducting power calculations, etc.) preferred. The ideal candidate has also strong computer programming and quantitative skills
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Knowledge and experience with a statistical programming language such as Stata
Experience with Qualtrics survey platforms
Experience with international RCTs preferred
A cover letter that briefly outlines: (a) your background and career ambitions, (b) your experience in conducting or assisting with research projects, (c) your experience and familiarity (giving short examples of problems solved by code youâ™ve written) with any relevant programming languages, (d) the names (with email addresses) of any professors for whom you have worked as a research assistant in the past (along with a brief description of that role) who will be willing to provide a brief letter of recommendation upon request
Transcript (unofficial will be accepted but prefer official transcripts) of any undergraduate and postgraduate studies
An example of a research paper and/or code that you have written for a class or research project
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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