Department: Global Poverty Research Lab Salary/Grade: EXS/5
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The Global Poverty Research Lab is a research center based at Northwestern University. GPRL uses empirical evidence to address the challenges of overcoming poverty and improving well-being in the developing world.
GPRL is looking to hire a full-time research analyst to begin in summer 2019. This position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience with managing and analyzing data from randomized field experiments. The research analyst will work closely with Professor Dean Karlan and his co-PIs, and collaborate with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Country Office staff to perform a variety of tasks including (but not limited to):
Designing and programming survey instruments
Supporting data quality checks for ongoing surveys like programming/running high frequency checks and back checks using Stata and SurveyCTO
Cleaning data and preparing data sets for analysis
Analyzing data and creating tables for academic papers and reports
Assisting in the writing of project reports, policy memos, and academic papers
Corresponding with external partner organizations and donors as needed
The position is located at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (Chicago area), and offers the opportunity to interact with economics undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty at Northwestern. The research analyst will be a full-time employee of Northwestern University with full benefits (including the ability to take classes at a highly-subsidized tuition rate). We are looking for a minimum commitment period of two years for this position.
Given the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
Cleans data, prepares data for analysis and assists in performing statistical analysis. Use statistical software (Stata) to process data.
Assists in the writing of project reports. Drafts tables and other visual representations of data to be included in report. Edits draft reports written by the PI.
Support data quality checks for ongoing surveys like programming/running high frequency checks and back checks using Stata and SurveyCTO.
Drafting and programming survey questionnaires using SurveyCTO.
Correspond with external partner organizations and donors as needed.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in economics or another quantitative major.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Strong programming skills using statistical software such as Stata
Strong quantitative skills
Familiarity with randomized controlled trials
Excellent organizations skills
Fluency and excellent communication skills in English
Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently
An enthusiasm for empirical research, and the ability and interest to learn new skills and take initiative as a project develops.
Experiences living in a developing country.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Proficiency in R, Python and ArcGIS.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 36830
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.