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Postdoctoral Scientist Research Associate

Senior Research Specialist I: Princeton University

Senior Research Specialist I at the School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.

Reference Number/Requisition: 2022-15249

Job Type: Full-Time

Weekly Hours: 36.25

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Probationary Period: 180 days

Based in Princeton's School of Public and International Affairs and headed by Professor Atif Mian, the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance promotes research and teaching at the intersection of macroeconomics, finance, and policy. The university is seeking to hire talented and motivated predoctoral research specialists (scientists) to assist the finance and economics faculty working with the center. 

Position Overview: The current position is standard for graduating seniors or master's degree students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics or Finance. Prior research specialists have been accepted to top Ph.D. programs, including Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Northwestern, London School of Economics, NYU, Barcelona GSE, and the University of Maryland.
Duration: This is typically a renewable two-year position after the first year. Successful applicants will start in the summer of 2023. This current position is available in Princeton, NJ.


1.    This program involves empirical analysis, including more sophisticated statistical modeling, and could also apply theoretical work such as coding model simulations. 
2.    The selected candidate will be structured to support individuals in preparing for doctoral programs in the field of economics by gaining valuable research experience. 
3.    In addition to working closely with Center faculty, the candidate will have opportunities to participate in Princeton's vibrant academic life of the university through attending classes and seminars and interacting with students and associates at the center.
4.    Additional duties may be assigned. 

Required Qualifications (Essential)

1.    BA/BS in mathematics, economics, computer science, or any related field (e.g., public policy, with significant coursework in economics, mathematics, statistics, and programming)
2.    Good experience with statistical programming in STATA and R
3.    Excellent empirical, analytical, and writing skills, demonstrated through independent work (e.g., undergraduate thesis, course paper, independent research)
4.    Demonstrated interest in empirical social science

Other Preferred Requirements

1.    Good knowledge of R, Python, Julia, and Matlab
2.    Experience with LaTex, Unix/Linux
3.    Familiarity with regular social science data sources, Internet tools, and HTML is desirable

Application Procedure

Candidates should upload the following documents as a SINGLE PDF (Upload to the "Other Documents" field in the online application.)

1.    Updated cover letter and resume
2.    List of three references
3.    Transcripts from all previous academic programs
4.    A research paper in economics or finance (for example: thesis, course paper, etc.)
5.    Sample of code (ideally for the same paper)

Estimated Appointment End Date: 5/31/2024

Application Deadline: 4/30/2023

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and candidates should apply early to avoid last minute rush. Short-listed candidates will be intimated promptly and contacted for an interview.  

1.    University believes in Equal Opportunity Employer (Affirmative Action), and all qualified, eligible applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to color, age, race, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability status, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
2.    This commitment to diversity directs recruitment and hiring efforts to seek associates of exceptional ability who represent a wide range of experiences, viewpoints, and value systems and who share Princeton University's dedication to excellence.

Quick Overview

Type: Postdoctoral , Scientist , Research Associate
Organization: USA: Princeton University
Location: United States
Eligibility: Masters
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