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Full-time Research Assistant for Project with Harvard Economics Professor

Friday, March 31, 2017

Professor Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Harvard University is hiring a research assistant to work closely with her during 2017-2018. Start date will be Summer 2017 and the position can last a full year or more.

Project: The research assistant will be employed on a book length project on the history of career and family among US college graduate women. Much of the project will concern current aspects of women’s employment, occupations, earnings and family roles and will use data sets, such as the CPS, US Census and ACS, as well as less standard ones. Examples of Prof. Goldin’s research can be found on her Harvard website.

Place of Employment: The RA will work at the National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA, located between Harvard and Central Squares.

Conditions: Salary is competitive and will be paid through Harvard University; benefits are equal to those provided Harvard post-doc fellows and include health insurance.

Skills Required: The applicant should have strong empirical skills, excellent knowledge of STATA, ability to work with large data sets, desire to search for historical materials and a passion for economics research infused with social and historical matters. Applicants should currently be completing (or have completed) a Bachelor’s degree in Economics or related field.

Other: This position will be most valuable to a person who will eventually apply to graduate school in economics or a related field. The position comes with access to Harvard Department of Economics resources such as attendance at field specific seminars and workshops.

How to Apply: Please e-mail Claudia Goldin (cgoldin@harvard.edu) a single PDF document named <RA_Application_[Your Last Name_First Initial]>. The attachment should include: 

  1. Cover letter describing:
    • Your interest in the position and career goals. Date you can start work. 
    • Familiarity with STATA, other programming languages and use of large data sets. 
    • Prior experience as an RA and with independent research (e.g., a senior thesis). 
    • Names (with institutional affiliation) and e-mails of 3 references (no letters needed). 
  2. CV 
  3. Unofficial transcript 

Short-listed applicants may be asked to complete an interview and a technical exercise.