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Research Specialist

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Job Details
Job Order Number
JC141725526
Company Name
University of Chicago
Physical Address

Chicago, IL 60664
Job Description
  1. Please make sure to read the job posting in its entirety as it reflects both the University roles and responsibilities, followed by the specific description.
  1. Department

23305 Economics

  1. About the Unit

For over a century, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics has been recognized as one of the world’s leading centers for economic research and education. The Department’s faculty have received numerous awards, including more Nobel Prize laureates and John Bates Clark medalists in economics than any other university. Among our faculty are many members of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Econometric Society.

  1. Job Family

Research

Responsible for all aspects of research projects and research facilities. Plans and conducts clinical and non-clinical research; facilitates and monitors daily activities of clinical trials or research projects. Directs engineering and technical support activities to develop and maintain tools and computational methods needed to gather and analyze data.

  1. Career Track and Job Level

Research

Oversees all aspects of management, scientific technological development, and operations for major research projects or research facilities. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Presents research findings at meetings and/or conferences.

P1: Performs routine assignments in the entry level to a professional job progression. Typically requires a college or university degree or the equivalent work experience that provides knowledge and exposure to fundamental theories, principles and concepts. Develops competence by performing structured work assignments. Uses existing procedures to solve routine or standard problems. Receives instruction, guidance and direction from others.

  1. Role Impact

Individual Contributor

  1. Responsibilities

The job performs routine assignments related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.

1) Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project., 2) Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents., 3) Installs, sets up and performs experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator., 4) Maintains recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Has general awareness in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field, 5) Performs other related work as needed.

Unit-Specific Responsibilities

1) The Research Specialist will work directly with Assistant Professor Peter Hull, in making important contributions to empirical research projects focusing on (but not limited to) the effective delivery of education, healthcare, and criminal justice

2) Specifically, the Research Specialist will be involved in applying new econometric methods to estimate school and teacher value-added, hospital and insurance plan health effects, and judicial sentencing biases, along with heterogeneous institutional quality in other settings

3) This position will require a commitment of at least one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year, and a preferred start date of July 2019 or late summer 2019

Unit-Preferred Competencies

1) A strong quantitative background, with experience in econometrics

2) Strong computer skills, with experience in statistical programming

3) Strong multi-tasking skills and an ability to set and meet deadlines

4) Analytical skills

5) Problem-solving skills

6) Strong attention to detail

7) Strong verbal and written communication skills

8) Ability to work independently and as part of a research team

  1. Education, Experience, and Certifications

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications

Education

1) A Bachelor’s degree in Economics by start date. Bachelor’s degree in statistics, computer science, or related fields will also be considered. The ideal candidate will have a long-term interest in pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics or a related field

Experience

1) Research experience, such as writing a senior thesis or previous employment as a research assistant

2) Programming experience, including cleaning and manipulating large data sets and coding and implementing econometric procedures

3) Fluency with Stata

4) Familiarity with or ability to learn other statistical programming languages (e.g. Matlab or R)

5) Familiarity with or ability to learn a scripting language (e.g. Python)

Required Documents

1) CV/Resume

2) Cover letter
3) At least two professional references

NOTE: When applying, all required documents **MUST**be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

  1. FLSA Status

Exempt

  1. Pay Frequency

Monthly

  1. Pay Grade

Depends on Qualifications

  1. Scheduled Weekly Hours

37.5

  1. Benefits Eligible

Yes

  1. Drug Test Required

No

  1. Health Screen Required

No

  1. Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required

No

  1. Posting Date

2019-05-17-07:00

  1. Remove from Posting On or Before

2019-11-17-08:00

  1. Posting Statement

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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