The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant. This is a full-time, Washington, DC-based position.
Job Description: The primary job responsibility is working with large individual-level datasets and related statistical programming. Other responsibilities include collecting and analyzing data from print and electronic sources, and preparation of charts, tables, literature reviews, and summaries of background material for broader research projects. The position involves maintaining and updating CEPR's collection of large microdata sets at CEPRdata.org (including the CPS, ACS, PUMS, and others). Research Assistants are also typically responsible for helping in the design and execution of research projects, including the description of data sources, datasets, and research results, and preparation of accurate and organized drafts of technical reports. The focus of the work is labor market issues, including domestic social policy.
Qualifications: Successful candidates will possess a bachelor’s or master’s degree in economics, sociology, statistics, or a related field, and an interest in economic justice. Experience writing programs in statistical software such as Stata or R is essential (experience with Stata is preferred). Candidates should have a strong knowledge of statistics and basic econometric techniques; experience as a research assistant or performing similar work; knowledge of standard word processing, spreadsheets, and graphics software; and excellent oral and written communication skills.
Salary & Benefits: CEPR offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. This position will be represented by the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local #70, AFL-CIO.
Closing Date of Position: Monday, October 22, 2018 (at 11:59PM, Eastern time). In rare, extenuating circumstances, the application period may be extended or shortened. In the event that the application period is shortened, CEPR will update this posting to notify candidates that they have 7 calendar days remaining to apply.
To Apply: Send the following, in a single PDF file, to apply[at]cepr.net with the subject line “Research Assistant”:
1. a cover letter;
2. a résumé;
3. a writing sample on a relevant policy-related topic of no more than 1,000 words; and
Please do not submit additional information apart from the items listed above. You may address your cover letter to the Research Assistant Search Committee, if you wish.
Search committees usually make a decision within three weeks of the deadline of the application. If you have any questions, please email cepr[at]cepr.net, the contact for the Research Assistant Search Committee. Absolutely no calls or faxes.
Organization Description: CEPR was established in 1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives. In order for citizens to effectively exercise their voices in a democracy, it is necessary that they be informed about the problems and choices that they face. An informed public should then be able to choose policies that lead to an improving quality of life, both for people within the United States, and around the world.
Toward this end, CEPR conducts both professional research and public education so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options. The professional research is oriented towards filling important gaps in the understanding of particular economic and social problems, or the impact of specific policies, both domestically and globally. The public education portion of CEPR's mission is to present the findings of professional research, both by CEPR and others, in a manner that allows broad segments of the public to know exactly what is at stake in major policy debates. As part of its public education initiative, CEPR utilizes research findings and analysis to challenge the myths, assumptions, policies and institutions that perpetuate economic and social inequality.
CEPR's founding scholars include Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot, as well as Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts.
CEPR is an equal opportunity employer that considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any legally protected status. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.