Pre-Doctoral Fellow

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Job Title Pre-Doctoral Fellow Department Texas Policy Lab Full Time/Part Time Full-Time Requisition Number S19551 Open Date 04/16/2019 Close Date Salary Information

Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, standard 40 hour work week. Some late evenings and/or weekends required to meet TPL deadlines.

Benefits Eligible Yes Eligible for Overtime No Position Summary

The Texas Policy Lab (TPL) is seeking a Pre-Doctoral Fellow. The fellowship is for three years and designed for recent graduates who are looking to apply for graduate school at the end of the fellowship. Fellows will be assigned an advisor based on their academic interests. They will take one graduate or undergraduate course in the first four semesters of their fellowship. They will also carry out usual tasks of a data analyst during this time, which entails cleaning and merging datasets, visualizing data through charts and infographics, estimating cutting-edge econometric models, and working to understand the impact of public policy with a large, diverse and talented team.

Additional responsibilities will include conducting basic research, collecting data, performing basic statistical analysis, proofreading and editing published written work, drafting articles and reports. S/he will work on several projects at a time with pressing deadlines. The position is a great opportunity to develop strong applications for graduate schools.

Education Required Bachelor's Degree Major/Discipline

Relevant field (economics, statistics, public policy, finance, etc.) with some coursework in
econometrics and statistics.

Substitution for Education Requirement

Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.

Education Preferred Experience Required No experience required Type of Experience Substitution for Experience Requirement Experience Preferred

- Experience with randomized controlled trials, or field experiments
- Professional experience outside of academia

License/Certification Required License/Certification Preferred Skills Required

- Knowledge of software statistical packages such as Stata, SAS, R, or HLM
- Good analytical and research skills
- Good verbal and written communications skills including proofreading
- Good presentation skills
- Ability to work independently and as a part of a team

Skills Preferred

- Additional knowledge of programming languages and statistical packages
- Skilled in data visualization

Internal / External Contacts

- Work closely and report to the Research Associate and Director of Research Operations
- Frequent contact with the TPL research team, executive director, IT and data manager, data architect, and other technical staff on campus
- In contact with various TPL personnel, including local and state entities from which TPL will acquire data

Physical Demands

- Must be able to work at a computer terminal for extended periods of time

Working Conditions

- Monday-Friday, standard 40 hour work week
- Some late evenings and/or weekends will be required to meet deadlines

Security Sensitive Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

In order to be considered, you must submit the following along with your application and resume:
(1) Cover letter indicating:
- Interest in the position.
- Any prior research experience.
- Your programming language experience.
- Names, addresses, and phone numbers of 2-3 references.
- GPA and/or summary of academic performance
- When you are available to begin work.
(2) Complete undergraduate transcript and graduate transcript, if applicable. They do not need to be official.

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Job Duty Name Essential Functions Description of Job Duty

- Participates in the design, planning and implementation of research projects and data analysis
- Identifies, locates and obtains data / information
- Utilizes statistical software to estimate statistical models
- Builds automated reporting solutions
- Manipulates and cleans-up data
- Completes data entry and analysis
- Communicates research findings
- Ensures information presented is valid and accurate
- Develops presentations and reports
- Attends courses offered at Rice University as agreed upon with advisor
- Performs all other duties as assigned

Applicant Documents Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. References/Recommendation Request
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor's or master's degree in a relevant field (economics, statistics, public policy, finance, etc.) with some coursework in econometrics and statistics?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have knowledge of computer software statistical packages such as Stata, SAS, R, or HLM?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * What is your minimum salary requirement (Please indicate dollar amount)?

    (Open Ended Question)




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Posted: 4/17/2019
Application Due: 7/4/2019
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