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- BY Nicole Pelette
We are hiring a Research, Training, and Education (RET) Associate for our Research team within J-PAL Global’s Research, Education, and Training (RET) group. Our team of 14, including five economics and political science PhDs, cares deeply about research and research transparency, data quality, developing new methods in RCT research, and staying at the frontier of social science research. We are always looking for ways to improve current research practices and creating tools and materials that help others who conduct RCT research.
You are a good candidate for this role if you are interested in RCTs and the data collected for them, and would like to learn about working with such data, including building up your coding skills in Stata, R, and other programs; perhaps you are thinking about going on to your PhD in Economics or Political Science. Candidates who are interested in the General Data Research Associate position but would like to begin work sooner are strongly encouraged to apply.
In this role, you will be exposed to the latest research in economics and work directly with affiliated researchers, as they register new randomized trials in the AEA Social Science Registry, publish their latest research data, or replicate their data analysis prior to publishing an academic paper. You will also work with members of our team, including a postdoc in applied econometrics, on a new project thinking systematically about RCT data and its properties. We are learning how RCT data is used in new research projects, for example to train machine learning algorithms, to extrapolate measured effects to broader populations, or to evaluate bias in non-experimental methods, and how we can support such research. This work may include finding RCT data that has been or can be used for new methods research; surveying users about what types of projects they do with RCT data; thinking about the properties of data, how it is used, and reading associated research papers; and creating better ways of searching and documenting RCT data. Through these activities, you will be exposed to many different data sets from RCTs, including those recently collected in the field; get a sense of what data is collected and how; and gain a comprehensive overview of the newest methodological and RCT research in applied economics.
You will also work with us to build out research resources for staff, develop data analysis tools, review reference and teaching materials for research staff, and help organize courses for research staff and policymakers. We work closely with staff from our regional offices in North America, Chile, France, India, Indonesia, and South Africa as well as staff from J-PAL’s partner organizations, like Innovations for Poverty Action and the Center for Effective Global Action.
In this position, you will have the opportunity to work with some of the top researchers at MIT and around the world. You can attend MIT/Harvard economics seminars, take classes at MIT, and participate in many professional development opportunities, such as taking (or teaching in) some of our courses on randomized evaluations, or participate in our research staff trainings for field RAs in Goa and New Hampshire.
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