Research Professional – Big Data Initiative_Bonhomme and Ponomarev (Full-Time, Benefits Eligible)
at Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at the University of Chicago (BFI)
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Job Title: Research Professional – Big Data Initiative (Full-Time, Benefits Eligible)
Location: Chicago, IL – Hyde Park Campus, Saieh Hall
Expected Start Date: 7/1/2023
The Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI) is seeking to hire a full-time Research Professional to work with Professors Stéphane Bonhomme and Kirill Ponomarevas part of BFI’s Big Data Initiative and BFI’s Predoctoral Research in Economics Program (PREP). Successful applicants will collaborate on new and ongoing research in econometric theory. The position will likely involve programming novel statistical procedures and conducting simulation experiments, as well as reading, understanding and summarizing current methodological papers in economics and statistics.
The program is intended to serve as a bridge between college and graduate school for students interested in economics and statistics. Applicants must have completed a Bachelors 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 BFI for one or two years before applying to graduate school in Economics or another quantitative social science. BFI offers competitive salary and employee benefits.
Write programs in R, Python, or Matlab
Construct figures and tables for economics papers
Conduct literature reviews in economics and statistics
Identify new data sources
Other duties as assigned.
Prior coursework in math, statistics and econometrics required
Desired skills include advanced familiarity with numerical optimization and package development in R, Python, or Matlab. Although previous experience with any specific language is not essential, familiarity with at least one scripting language is encouraged.
Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously
Excellent organizational skills
Attention to detail
Strong academic writing/communication skills
Bachelor's degree in economics, computer sciences, engineering, or related STEM fields is highly desirable.
Relevant research experience as a research assistant.
Knowledge of R, Python or Matlab preferred
Knowledge of STATA preferred
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