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

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
3 Jul 2024


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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