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Post-Doctoral Associate in the Division of Social Science, Prof. Yaw Nyarko

New York University Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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The Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED) at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) invites applications from individuals to be appointed as a Post-Doctoral Associate for a one-year period, renewable each year. The ideal candidate will commit to work on the project for a period of 2-3 years. The anticipated appointment is expected to start on September 1, 2024.

The Post-Doctoral Associate will play an integral role in supporting the research efforts and data analysis and management for CTED s projects. Specifically, the individual will conduct research on issues of labor migration, blockchain, and commodities markets under the direction of Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Yaw Nyarko. The ideal applicant will have advanced command of and programming proficiency in statistical software (STATA and Matlab required), have excellent writing  and communication skills, and be knowledgeable of the research projects of CTED. The successful applicant will assist the PI on field research project implementation; conduct data analysis; translate research findings; assist with field work efforts related to the Center s commodities markets research; and be able to write research reports, concept notes, and academic papers. The candidate will clean, manage, and oversee the analysis of large datasets for field research projects in Ghana, West Africa. Working with the PI, the candidate will provide strategic direction, management, and leadership to the Research Assistant (RA) Team (3-5 members) by tracking team deliverables, providing feedback, and reporting progress to the PI. The candidate will monitor workflow inefficiencies and make recommendations to the PI for improvements for the data management and collection process.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, or a related field. Prior management experience as a Senior Research Associate is a plus and strong work ethic and troubleshooting skills are essential for this role. Applicants with advanced experience and knowledge working with STATA and Matlab, and a strong interest in economic and quantitative research, are encouraged to apply. Candidates must have a positive, enthusiastic, motivating attitude and demeanor to manage team members. It is preferrable for applicants to have experience conducting field research in emerging countries, especially in rural settings, and working on randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Professional experience interacting with farmers, traders, and others in the agriculture value chain will be a plus. The candidate will work in a multidisciplinary environment, working autonomously, but as a team member under the direction of the PI. Applicants must be comfortable working in a remote and global team environment.

This position is based in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., and the selected candidate must be willing to relocate. The terms of employment are very competitive. Applications will be reviewed immediately, and candidates will be considered until the position is filled.

For consideration, applicants need to submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae with a full publication list, a job market paper, a statement of research interests, and 2 letters of reference, all in PDF format. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please visit Dr. Yaw Nyarko s website ( and NYU CTED s website ( to learn more about the research projects. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

About NYUAD:

NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.

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NYU's agreement with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to create NYU Abu Dhabi is the outcome of a shared understanding of the essential roles and challenges of higher education in the 21st century: a common belief in the value of a liberal arts education, concurrence on the benefits a research university brings to the society that sustains it, a conviction that interaction with new ideas and people who are different is valuable and necessary, and a commitment to educating students who are true citizens of the world. As the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university, NYU Abu Dhabi has been built on the following principles:

  • NYU Abu Dhabi is a research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science college. It draws students from around the world, and prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of our interconnected world.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi equips students for leadership in all arenas of human endeavor. It fosters curiosity, creativity, and critical reflection. At NYUAD, students extend themselves and the frontiers of knowledge.
  • The residential life of students is central to the University's academic mission. Learning takes place across the campus, not only in classrooms, but also in residential houses, through participation in clubs and sports, during informal campus gatherings, and being engaged with the wider community.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi stimulates advanced research. The NYUAD Institute is a major research center. Research is integral to the undergraduate experience at NYU Abu Dhabi, and it will also drive the University's graduate programs.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York form the backbone of a fully connected global network university. As one of the two major hubs in the global network, NYUAD creates a unique capacity for faculty and students to access the assets of the entire university system.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi advances the city of Abu Dhabi as a magnetic center of ideas and human talent.


NYU Abu Dhabi consists of a highly selective liberal arts and sciences college and a world center for advanced research and scholarship — integrated with each other and connected through technology to NYU New York.

Together, NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York form the backbone of a unique global network university that equips students for leadership in all arenas of human endeavor by fostering curiosity, creativity, and critical reflection.

NYU Abu Dhabi is a central component of Abu Dhabi's vision of becoming a leading world idea capital. For its first four years, the University is located in the heart of downtown Abu Dhabi. In 2014, it will move to its permanent home on Saadiyat Island, where it will be joined by neighbors including the Guggenheim, the Louvre, the Zayed National Museum, and a world-class performing arts center.

In working for NYU Abu Dhabi, you will help to build the world's first truly global university and research institute. The University's faculty and staff come from around the world, and the first class of students, who arrived in the fall of 2010, is one of the most geographically diverse student bodies on the planet. To date, NYU Abu Dhabi's staff alone is comprised of individuals from more than 30 different countries. For NYU Abu Dhabi, creating a culture of inclusion contributes not only to our success, but also to the richness of the talented staff that we can attract. When you join us as an employee, we look forward to learning more about your culture and seeing things from your unique viewpoint.

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