Pre-Doctoral research Fellow - Economics

Massachusetts, United States
02 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
02 Jan 2021
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.

PRE-DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW, Economics (four positions), to join the research team of Professor Amy Finkelstein.  Responsibilities include working with data sets, cleaning and running checks to spot errors, and generally preparing data for analysis; assisting with onboarding new staff and maintaining project documentation; and assisting with literature reviews, new and renewal institutional review board applications, and preparation of academic papers.

The position is ideal for someone interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in economics. 

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. Candidates with strong technical backgrounds looking for more exposure to economics are welcome.  Job #18915 

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

Online application should include (in one document) a cover letter with a brief description of experience as an RA and any independent research; a description of familiarity with statistical and computer packages; the names of two references and their contact information (one must be someone you have worked for as an RA); a current CV; a transcript and condensed transcript; a written 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 taking; and date available to start work. Two references must send letters of recommendation to the attention of Professor Finkelstein at


MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. 

MIT considers equivalent combinations of experience and education for certain jobs. All candidates who believe they possess equivalent experience and education are encouraged to apply. 

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