Research Assistant in the Center for Technology and Economic Development, Dr. Yaw Nyarko

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
11 May 2023
End of advertisement period
10 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


The Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED) at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) invites applications from individuals to be appointed as a Research Assistant for a one-year period. The anticipated appointment is expected to start no later than September 1, 2023 (or earlier).

The Research Assistant will play an integral role in supporting the research efforts and data analysis for CTED’s projects. Specifically, the individual will conduct research on issues of labor migration and commodities markets, and complete other miscellaneous tasks under the direction of Principal Investigator Dr. Yaw Nyarko. The ideal candidate will have experience using statistical software (STATA and Matlab), have strong writing skills, and be knowledgeable of the research projects in CTED. The successful applicant will assist the Principal Investigator on field research projects; conduct data analysis; prepare literature reviews; translate research findings; assist with field work efforts related to the Center’s commodities markets research; and be able to generate research reports, concept notes, and academic papers.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics or a related field. Preferably, applicants will have experience conducting field research in emerging countries and working on randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Applicants with experience and knowledge working with STATA and Matlab, and a strong interest in economic and quantitative research, are encouraged to apply. Researchers with experience in commodities markets, labor migration, and technology and economic development will be considered a plus. The candidate will work in a multidisciplinary environment, working autonomously, but as a team member under the direction of the Principal Investigator.

The terms of employment are very competitive. Applications will be accepted immediately, and candidates will be considered until the position is filled. For consideration, applicants need to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, two academic writing samples, and two letters of recommendation all in PDF format.

Please visit our websites for more information on CTED ( and Dr. Yaw Nyarko’s research ( If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Papitto at

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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