Senior Research Specialist I

Job description

Requisition # 2018-9369
Department Woodrow Wilson School
Category Research and Laboratory
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline


The Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance is looking for successful candidates who will assist a group of Department of Economics faculty members (including Atif Mian, Adrien Matray, David Schoenherr, Natalie Cox Bachas, Moritz Lenel, and Motohiro Yogo) in various aspects of their research. The research projects involve questions relating to macroeconomics and finance.


The position will include a variety of tasks that provide preparation for graduate school, such as: managing large data sets, statistical analysis, coding optimization routines, summarizing research findings and editing research papers. Additional duties may be assigned. The senior research specialist will work under the general direction of Professor Atif Mian and may also work collaboratively with at least one other senior research specialist.

In addition to working closely with faculty, senior research specialists participate in the vibrant academic life of Princeton University, including auditing classes, attending seminars, and interacting with undergraduate and graduate students and with post-doc fellows.

This position is ideal for exceptional graduating seniors or final year masters students with a strong interest in pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics after acquiring one or two years of research experience. Following the completion of this position, most research specialist have gone on to top Ph.D. programs in economics and finance.

This is a one-year term position renewable for an additional year contingent on satisfactory performance.


Essential Qualifications: Minimum BA/BS degree in Economics or Math; Excellent analytical, empirical, research and writing skills; Knowledge of statistics/econometrics; Knowledge of statistical programming, particularly STATA; Knowledge of mathematical modeling tools such as Matlab is a plus, Knowledge of standard internet tools and HTML is desirable; Familiarity with standard social science data sources and knowledge of publishing software is desirable.

Candidates should provide a CV and an unofficial transcript.

Applications will be reviewed and offers made in two rounds: one in late fall and one in late winter. Application deadlines are November 30, 2018 and March 31, 2019 respectively. Short-listed applicants will be asked to complete a technical exercise.

The final candidate will be required to successfully pass a background check.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

ASR, 010

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Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


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Posted: 11/25/2018
Application Due: 1/8/2019
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