Project Associate

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS


Posted: 27-Feb-24

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Type: Full-time

Salary: Open


Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory

Internal Number: JR25184

Location: Chicago, IL

Job Description:

  • Works as part of a faculty-led research team to contribute to development, design and implementation of applied economics research studies. 
  • Collaboratively leads data collection, study management, subject sampling, randomization, and analysis including cleaning and assembling datasets for analysis; conduct field research as needed.
  • Coordinates research activities, assists in preparing human subjects protocols, manages and analyzes data across multiple projects.
  • Contributes to building traditional statistical models and machine learning algorithms for a variety of research projects.
  • Prepares results of analysis for research papers, policy briefs, and memos and presentations targeting both policymakers and academic audiences.
  • Helps build and maintain strong relationships and effective communication with government agencies, and other research partners and organizations.
  • Conducts thorough and critical reviews of relevant literature.
  • Supports fundraising and reporting efforts, such as helping prepare grant proposals and progress reports to funders.
  • Maintains technical and administrative support for a portfolio of research projects.
  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in economics, statistics, computer science or other relevant field.
  • Coursework in econometrics and/or mathematical statistics. 


  • A minimum of one year of relevant research experience. Experience gained in school counts towards requirement.
  • Background working on field experiments / randomized controlled trials.
  • Extensive background in applied statistics and econometrics. 

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Stata, R, Python, and/or other programming languages.
  • Cleaning and analyzing data.
  • Building predictive models.

Preferred Competencies

  • Strong interest in environmental policy.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Work on multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines. 
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. 
  • Work both independently, in a self-directed manner, and as a team member.

Working Conditions

  • Perform tasks mostly indoors in an office setting.
  • Work independently for periods of eight (8) hours or more.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)
  • Writing Sample (required)
  • Academic transcript(s)(required)

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