The incumbent will construct code and manage the existing codebase used to produce weights and imputations for the Poverty Tracker and Early Childhood Poverty Tracker surveys run through the Columbia Population Research Center and the Center on Poverty and Social Policy. They will also produce weighting and imputation schemes for the study in response to relevant research questions. The majority of coding is performed in R, specifically in the Survey package. The position involves partnership and collaboration with the Poverty Tracker's data managers and analysts.
About the Poverty Tracker and Early Childhood Poverty Tracker
Launched in 2012 and conducted in partnership with the Robin Hood Foundation, the Poverty Tracker is a groundbreaking study of disadvantage in New York City. Unlike typical surveys of poverty that take an annual snapshot, the Poverty Tracker checks in with the same 4,000 households quarter after quarter for several years. Building off the work of the Poverty Tracker, the Early Childhood Poverty Tracker (ECPT) is a similar multi-year study of poverty and disadvantage that focuses households with young children. Data from these studies is used to gauge the level of disadvantage in New York City under comprehensive indicators of wellbeing, as well in the analysis of federal, local, and state policy proposals.
This position is 100% grant funded. Position longevity will be based on incumbent's performance & study budget. This is a full-time position.
The incumbent will be required to carry out the following duties and responsibilities:
Manage existing codebase and produced weights and imputations for the study. Develop weighting and imputation schemes and related code in response to new research questions (90%)
Other related duties as assigned (10%)
BA/BS and two years of experience in a research environment; proficiency in R (statistical software); demonstrated initiative; attention to detail; can meet deadlines in timely manner
BA &/or BS in statistics &/or quantitative analysis or related discipline preferred, MA &/or MS preferred.
Extensive experience with the statistical software R, and with familiarity with the Survey package desired.
Experience with the creation of survey weights for complex surveys desired.
Experience with the creation of imputations for complex surveys desired.
Experience with Github desired.
Experience with STATA desired.
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