Senior Research Specialist I

New Jersey, United States
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 22 November 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department   Economics

Category   Research and Laboratory

Full-Time / Part-Time   Full-Time


The Princeton Program in Public Economics is looking to hire full-time pre-doctoral fellows (Senior Research Specialists). The position involves responsibilities that serve as excellent preparation for Ph.D. programs in economics, including data processing and analysis, survey design, simulation techniques, literature reviews, and presentations. Research fellows will work with Professor Owen Zidar along with his co-authors, on topics such as income and wealth inequality, entrepreneurship, regional economic development, and the analysis of tax and social insurance policies. Professor Zidar’s prior pre-docs have gone on to Ph.D. programs in economics at Harvard, UC Berkeley, and University of Chicago. Opportunity for candidate to take one graduate or undergraduate course per semester.

This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The end date is dependent on the start date, which may vary, but will likely be during the Summer or early Fall of 2021. The position is based in Princeton, NJ, though some RAs live in the metropolitan area and work remotely for part of the week. During the COVID-19 crisis, all work is remote.


  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Economics, Math, Computer Science, or Statistics, or significant advanced coursework in these areas.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Knowledge of statistics/econometrics.
  • Knowledge of statistical programming, particularly STATA. Experience with programs such as SAS, Matlab, and Python is also desirable.
  • Knowledge of standard internet tools and HTML is desirable. Familiarity with standard social science data sources is desirable.


  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Economics, Math, Computer Science, or Statistics, or significant advanced coursework in these areas.

The application process entails two main stages. For the first stage, please send a cover letter, transcript, CV and a list of three references. These materials are due by October 15, 2020. For shortlisted candidates, the second stage involves a coding exercise and an interview. Address all queries to: Chosen candidates 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.

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