• Research Specialist II

    Requisition # 2018-9103
    Date Posted 3 weeks ago(8/3/2018 1:21 PM)
    Department
    Woodrow Wilson School
    Category
    Research and Laboratory
    Full-Time / Part-Time
    Full-Time
  • Overview

    The Empirical Studies of Conflict (ESOC) Project seeks a Research Specialist to provide geo-spatial and statistical analysis for a multi-university team of researchers.

    Responsibilities

    The Specialist will develop and analyze micro-level datasets to explore the relationship between the practices of multinational extractive companies and local conflict outcomes in Africa, the Middle East and other regions of the world, and the efficacy of policies to mitigate the natural resource curse. The Specialist will work under the direction of the Principal Investigator, Jacob Shapiro, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, and Co-PI Tarek Ghani, Assistant Professor of Strategy at Washington University in St Louis.

     

    This position is ideal for those with Masters degrees seeking an applied research position or exceptional recent undergraduates with a strong interest in pursuing a PhD in Economics or Political Science after acquiring a year of research experience.

     

    This is a one-year term position. The position will be based at Princeton University, with the potential for both domestic and international travel if required.

     

    Applicants should submit a cover letter and C.V. online. Upon request, candidates should be prepared to submit references, transcripts, and/or writing samples. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling

    Qualifications

    Essential Requirements include:

     

    • BA or more advanced degree, preferably in social science or statistics
    • Academic experience conducting micro-economic and statistical analysis as well as historical research
    • Proficiency with or ability to rapidly learn R, STATA, and ArcGIS software or equivalent
    • Excellent writing and analytical skills
    • Evidence of ability to take the initiative in solving practical research problems
    • Ability to work independently and to adjust to rapidly changing needs of researchers

     

    Preferred Qualifications:

     

    • Masters degree in Economics
    • Two or more years of experience working on impact evaluation projects involving randomized trials or matched control designs
    • Experience with qualitative data collection, including interviews, focus groups and case studies
    • Previous experience working on issues related to natural resource extraction
    • Familiarity with the use of ESRI suite of products and Python scripting
    • Familiarity with SQL or other database systems
    • Experience with automated scraping of data from websites

     

    The final candidate will be required to complete a background check successfully.

     

    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

    Salary Grade

    RSP, 020

    Standard Weekly Hours

    36.25

    Eligible for Overtime

    Yes

    Benefits Eligible

    Yes

    Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)

    No

    Estimated Appointment End Date

    9/3/2019

    Physical Capacity Exam Required

    No

    Valid Driver's License Required

    No

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