Research Associate/Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow

Massachusetts, United States
Tuesday, 27 October 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 27 December 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE/PRE-DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWAbdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) (2 openings), to join the research team of Professor Amy Finkelstein, focusing on randomized evaluations, including studying the effect of expanding public health insurance, and analyzing the impacts of healthcare hotspotting on  super-utilizers. Responsibilities include working with data sets and analyzing data; and assisting with literature reviews, IRB applications, and the preparation of academic papers. 

A full description is available at 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: two years of research experience (may include research experience gained as an undergraduate); a bachelor’s degree; strong quantitative background and computer skills, including programming experience; and ability to work independently. 

PREFERRED;  research assistant experience and a background in economics.  Those with technical backgrounds looking for more exposure to economics are welcome. The position is ideal for someone interested in pursuing a PhD in economics. Job #19034

Online application material should include (in a single document) the following: cover letter with description of experience as an RA and any independent research; description of familiarity with statistical and computer packages; names of two references and their contact information  (one must be someone you have worked for as an RA); current CV; transcript; list of classes in economics, mathematics, statistics or computer science (including course name, date taken, school, and the main textbook(s) used in the course); courses currently and taking; date available to start work. Two references must send letters of recommendation to Professor Finkelstein at

Appointment will begin in summer or fall 2021, with a two-year commitment being ideal.