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Research Assistantship Opportunity for an Economics PhD Student

Job description:

Profs. Heather Sarsons (Chicago Booth), Sara Lowes (UC San Diego), and Raissa Fabregas (UT Austin) are looking for a PhD student with a strong background in data analysis to work as a part-time Research Assistant on a project focused on gender disparities and anti-social behavior in the labor market. The project will use data from the German Federal Employment Agency at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), which requires on-site access in one of the following areas: Berlin, Vancouver or Ann Arbor. We are currently only considering candidates based in one of those locations.

Start date:

We are looking for a candidate who can start in the Spring 2021 semester. Depending on start date, commitment may vary from at least 6 months up to one year (possibly longer, depending on mutual interest). Must be available to work for roughly 5-10 hours per week but there is flexibility on how to allocate hours.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct data analysis using Stata
  • Organize and prepare do-files
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Coordinate and prepare research permits
  • Directly report to and work together with PIs on all of the above-mentioned activities

Desired qualifications and Experience:

  • An ongoing PhD degree in economics (or similar background with quantitative focus)
  • Hands on experience on working with micro data and excellent knowledge of applied econometric methods
  • Excellent academic record
  • Knowledge of Stata (required) and Latex (required)
  • Strong organizational skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Experience accessing and managing data from the German Federal Employment Agency at the Institute for Employment Research is a strong plus

How to Apply

Send an email to following these instructions:

  • In the subject line: Research Associate Position – Followed by your name
  • Please attach your CV and a short cover letter noting:
    • Why are you interested in this position
    • When would you be able to start, and until when can you commit to work for this project

Please clarify time availability. Example: “I can commit to work 10 hours a week starting in March 2021”

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