The Global Poverty Research Lab -- a research center based at Northwestern University -- uses empirical evidence to address the challenges of overcoming poverty and improving well-being in the developing world.
The Global Poverty Research Lab is looking to hire a full-time research analyst. 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 Dean Karlan, Christopher Udry, and other GPRL faculty and will 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
Conducting preliminary statistical analysis and preparing tables and figures with empirical results
Assisting in the writing of project reports
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.
Candidates should submit a resume or CV, but should NOT submit a conventional cover letter. Instead, we would like you to answer the following 4 questions in a document and upload it to the cover letter section of the application. Please be very concise and limit your responses to up to 130 words per question. Responses to the 4 questions should be included in a single document that contains the questions along with your answers.
What is the most relevant experience (pick one) that has prepared you for this position and why?
What do you hope to learn and achieve by working with us?
Tell us about a time you could not complete a task or achieve a deadline. How did you deal with it?
Have you ever taught yourself a skill? What was it and how did you teach yourself? Note: this does not have to be a skill related to this job.
Given the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
Clean data and prepare data sets for analysis; analyze data using different econometric and statistical tools; prepare tables with results.
Assist in the writing of academic papers and project reports. This includes drafting tables and other visual representations of data; editing text; etc.
Support survey design/programing and data quality checks for ongoing surveys.
Correspond with external partner organizations and donors as needed
Performs other duties as assigned.
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, public policy 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)
Familiarity with R 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: 38020
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.