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Research Associate

University of Notre Dame

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Research Associate

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The Building Inclusive Growth (BIG) Lab at Notre Dame is hiring two full-time predoctoral Research Associates (RA) in the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. The RAs will join a cohort of predoctoral research associates who work in a team environment as part of the newly established BIG Lab. The Lab supports development economics faculty and aims to produce high quality research into the barriers to inclusive development in low-income countries.

The RAs will report to Professor Joe Kaboski and Professor Dinkelman and work on research projects related to structural transformation; education, gender, and labor markets in Africa; and modern energy use in rural economies. The RAs will be involved in all aspects of the research process, including: data sourcing, fieldwork, data analysis, manuscript preparation, research team management, presentation of results, generation of replication materials, and dissemination of results to academic and policy audiences through workshops and conferences. The RAs will also be able to participate in mentorship and skills development activities, and can take up to one course for credit per semester.

This is a full-time, one-year position with the option of extending for a second year. Start date is flexible, sometime in summer 2023.

Minimum Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Education: completed a 4-year undergraduate degree (bachelors or foreign equivalent) in economics, statistics, computer science, applied mathematics, or related field, and want to pursue a PhD in Economics is a must. Masters degree preferred.
  • Experience: a strong quantitative background reflected on transcripts and strong writing skills evidenced by a writing sample. Experience programming in Stata and/or R is a must; Experience working with GIS data is a plus.
  • Approach to work: independent problem-solving skills and an entrepreneurial spirit. The candidate should have the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, be highly organized and self-motivated, and able to learn quickly on-the-job.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working for economic researchers as a research assistant.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit the following required documents:
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Short Writing sample
  4. Transcript
  5. Names and contact details of at least two faculty references


Department of Economics (30065)

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Research / Research - Social/Behavioral

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EIC 1 Associate

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up to $53,000

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