Research Area Specialist Assoc
Company: Inst Soc Research
Location: Ann Arbor
Posted on: March 25, 2020
A cover letter is required for consideration of this position
and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover
letter should indicate your starting availability, address your
specific interest in the position, outline skills and experience
that directly relate to this position, and indicate which work
location you prefer.
After applicants submit their cover letter and resume, select
candidates will be asked to complete an empirical exercise to
demonstrate their knowledge and familiarity of coding in Stata.
We are seeking applications for a full-time Research Assistant
position to join a study seeking to understand how disasters affect
educational decision-making in Mozambique. While conducting a
randomized controlled trial of an education and health program in
Mozambique, our study area was tragically struck by Cyclone
Idai-the most destructive cyclone ever recorded in Africa. Our
current study therefore aims to understand how exposure to the
cyclone changed educational decisions (e.g., school enrollment and
attendance), health behaviors and economic preference parameters.
Our team of r esearchers will conduct intensive current follow-up
surveys of study households to understand short- and medium-term
disaster impacts, disaster-induced changes in preferences (e.g.,
present bias, risk aversion), and whether an education and health
program improves post-disaster resilience.
As a Research Assistant, you will provide assistance with the
day-to-day tasks of monitoring survey data collection and field
experiments at the intersection of development economics and public
health. Tasks may include using statistical programming to generate
trackers and schedules for the field team, code data, and analyze
Joining our research team will help you build skills in data
management, data analysis, coding, and knowledge of research in
development economics which will prepare you for continued graduate
education or a career in research.
Under the direction of the project's Principal Investigator (PI),
the Research Assistant will engage in the following:
- Survey Monitoring: help set up a field survey in Mozambique,
track and clean data collection daily, and troubleshoot with the
- Data Science: assist with data entry, cleaning and processing
that regularly validates the quality of collected data collection
and contributes to the creation of a public dataset.
- Research: support various research projects and statistical
reports by conducting reviews of current research, analyzing data,
and writing summaries of research findings. The selected candidate
will need to possess the following:
- The ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment
with strong project management skills, exceptional attention to
detail, and the ability to exercise sound judgment.
- Exceptional time management skills with a proven ability to
multitask and prioritize to successfully complete projects on tight
deadlines with little supervision.
- A Bachelor's degree in a relevant field with one or more years
of relevant work experience;
- Proven ability to code in Stata;
- Mastery of Microsoft Excel;
- Excellent written communication skills.
- Proficiency in Portuguese;
- Knowledge and understanding of data science, field experiments,
or research literatures in development economics relating to
education, health or natural disasters.
This is a one-year position, with a potential for a one-year
extension pending funding, ideal for candidates planning to apply
to graduate programs in Economics, Public Policy, or other related
The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan
seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of
our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain
the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in
varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.
This position includes health benefits detailed in the link below.
All University of Michigan policies, practices, and procedures
applicable to your classification title apply to your employment.
Please explore "Working at U-M" for additional information
regarding benefits and employment:
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days. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. This
posting may be removed at any time after the minimum posting period
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