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Research Professional with Koichiro Ito

Research Professional – Koichiro Ito (Full-Time, Benefits Eligible)

Job Title: Research Professional – Koichiro Ito (Full-Time, Benefits Eligible)
Location: Chicago, IL – Hyde Park Campus, Saieh Hall 
Expected Start Date: 7/1/2023

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.

A BFI-affiliated center, the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC) is an interdisciplinary research and training center. EPIC is contributing innovative solutions to the global energy challenge: how can we ensure that people around the world, today and in the future, have access to reliable, affordable energy needed for human development without putting our health, environment and climate at risk? For more information visit https://bfi.uchicago.edu, and .

Job Summary
The Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC) invites applications for full-time pre-doctoral fellows for the academic year 2023–24. An interdisciplinary research and training center at the University of Chicago, EPIC is contributing innovative solutions to the global energy challenge: how can we ensure that people around the world, today and in the future, have access to reliable, affordable energy needed for human development without putting our health, environment and climate at risk? Previous results from EPIC projects have been influential with policymakers worldwide and featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other leading publications.

Successful candidates will report to Koichiro Ito, Associate Professor at University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Research projects will focus on evaluating various energy and environmental policies in the US, Japan, China, India, Chile, and other countries by using a variety of methods such as randomized controlled trials, quasi-experimental research design, and structural estimation.

In addition to working closely with faculty as research assistants, pre-doctoral fellows typically attend classes and seminars at EPIC, the University of Chicago, and affiliate institutions. The program is intended to serve as a bridge between college and graduate school for students interested in empirical economics. People in this or similar positions have gone on to Economics Ph.D. programs at Harvard, MIT, University of Chicago, University of California, Berkeley, and similar schools upon completion of this program.

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree by June 2023 and have strong quantitative
and programming skills. Candidates with research experience are strongly preferred, especially those with experience in Stata, R, Python or Matlab. The ideal candidate would begin on July 1, 2023 and work for EPIC for one or two years before applying to graduate school in Economics or another quantitative social science. EPIC offers competitive salary and employee benefits.

  • Under limited direction, performs complex lab and/or research-related duties and tasks;
  • Collects, records and analyzes data;
  • Conducts literature reviews;
  • Participates in writing reports and manuscripts;
  • Ensures compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates;
  • Trains and oversees the work of research support personnel;
  • Transcribing and coding data; developing data collection instruments;
  • Presenting research findings at staff meetings, seminars, and scientific conferences;
  • Assisting with building databases;
  • Recruiting and scheduling research subjects.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Background in any of the following major fields: economics, business (with a concentration in economics), finance, public policy (with a concentration in economics), other social sciences (with quantitative training), mathematics, statistics, or computer science

  • Relevant research experience as a research assistant.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:
  • Experience with Stata, Python, Matlab, and/or R required

Preferred Competencies
  • Ability to train others
  • Advanced knowledge in relevant scientific field
  • Advanced knowledge of research techniques or methods
  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of scientific applications and equipment
  • Analytical skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organizational skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Application Documents
  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)
  • Three Professional References (required)

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