Senior Research Specialist I

Requisition # 2022-15588
Date Posted 4 weeks ago(9/9/2022 9:54 AM)
Research and Laboratory
Job Type


The Princeton Program in Public Finance is looking to hire multiple full-time pre-doctoral fellows (Senior Research Specialists). The position involves responsibilities that serve as excellent preparation for Ph.D. programs in economics, including data processing and analysis, survey design, simulation techniques, literature reviews, and presentations.


Research fellows will work with Professors Henrik Kleven, Ilyana Kuziemko, and Owen Zidar, along with their co-authors, on topics such as income and wealth inequality, entrepreneurship, gender equality, regional economic development, political economy, and the analysis of tax and social insurance policies. Opportunity for candidates to take one graduate or undergraduate course per semester.


The incumbent will assist in the design, implementation, and management of experiments; write summaries of research, perform literature searches and review and assist in the implementation of surveys and interviews related to the field of Public Finance.


The position involves empirical analysis, including more sophisticated statistical modeling, and could also involve theoretical work such as coding of model simulations. The position is structured to help individuals prepare for doctoral programs in economics by gaining valuable research experience. In addition to working closely with faculty, senior research specialists have opportunities to participate in Princeton’s vibrant academic life of Princeton University through attending seminars, attending classes, and interacting with students and fellows in the Department of Economics.


This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The end date is dependent on the start date, which may vary, but will likely be during the Summer or early Fall of 2023. The position is based in Princeton, NJ.


The application process entails two main stages. For the first stage, please send a cover letter, transcript, CV and a list of three references.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through October 15, 2022. For shortlisted candidates, the second stage involves a coding exercise and an interview. Address all queries to:


Research support for Professors Kleven and Kuziemko will include independent:

  • Data collection, cleaning and analysis
  • Programming experiment designs and data collection tools
  • Survey implementation, organizing focus groups
  • Running and editing interviews
  • Writing summaries of research, perform literature searches and reviews, and post and retrieve information from the web
  • Admin support (organizing logistics of experiments & data collection)



  • BA/BS in Economics, Math, Computer Science, Statistics, or a related field.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Fluency with statistics/econometrics.
  • Knowledge of statistical programming, particularly STATA.
  • Knowledge of standard internet tools and HTML.
  • Familiarity with standard social science data sources.


  • Experience with programs such as SAS, Matlab, and Python.
  • Experience with LaTex, Unix/Linux. 
  • Master's degree is desirable but not required.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Probationary Period

180 days

Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required




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