About the Department
The Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI) works with the Chicago Economics community to turn its evidence-based research into real-world impact. BFI takes a unique approach to bridging the divide between academic researchers and decision-makers in the business community and government by translating and packaging the rigorous work of the Chicago Economics community into accessible formats, and proactively sharing those findings with relevant decision-makers and thought leaders around the globe. BFI is a collaborative platform serving the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, the Harris School of Public Policy, and the Law School. For more information visit https://bfi.uchicago.edu.
The Research Professional will report to a BFI affiliated faculty member at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), or the Harris School of Public Policy.
The Research Professional's responsibilities will span all stages of research, including collecting data of in both tabular and spatial formats, developing algorithms that clean and organize data, conducting statistical analyses, running simulations, and preparing manuscripts and presentations.
- Cleans and analyzes data.
- Writes or finalizes replicable data files or scripts for publication.
- Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures.
- Assists with writing data analysis plans and contributes to preparing study registration documents.
- Supports the implementation of field experiments including supporting the design and implementation of surveys, and monitors the quality of data collected, when needed.
- Supports writing of grant and policy reports and assists with drafting presentations of research findings.
- Takes responsibility for the following non-laboratory duties: transcribing and coding data; developing data collection instruments; presenting research; and recruiting and scheduling research subjects. Acquires higher-level skills and knowledge in the process.
- Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project.
- Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
- Performs other related work as needed.
Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.---
Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through ---
- Bachelor's degree in economics, public policy, or a related field.
- Master's degree in economics, public policy, or a related field.
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
- Experience in econometrics.
- Working as a research assistant.
- Analyzing large data sets, applying econometrics methods.
- Machine learning techniques in data analysis.
- Knowledge of R, Julia and/or Python.
- Knowledge of STATA.
- Advanced knowledge of research technique and methods in relevant scientific field.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.
- Work both independently and as a team member.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Resume/CV (required)
- Cover Letter (required)
- Three Professional References Contact Information (required)
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