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Research Area Specialist Assoc

Company: Inst Soc Research
Location: Ann Arbor
Posted on: March 25, 2020

Job Description:

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.

Job Summary
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 preliminary results.
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.

Responsibilities*
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 field team.
  • 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.

      Required Qualifications*
      • 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.

        Desired Qualifications*
        • Proficiency in Portuguese;
        • Knowledge and understanding of data science, field experiments, or research literatures in development economics relating to education, health or natural disasters.

          Additional Information
          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 fields.
          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: https://hr.umich.edu/working-u-m
          ISR job openings are posted for a minimum of fourteen (14) calendar days. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. This posting may be removed at any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

          U-M EEO/AA Statement
          The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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