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Quantitative Social Science Research Fellowship

Jain Family Institute
New York, NY 10034
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Quantitative Social Science Research Fellowship

New York (Remote) // Part Time


The Jain Family Institute (JFI) is seeking a PhD candidate or masters graduate with a strong background in econometrics, development economics and experimental design as a research fellow. This researcher will support our work with cities on designing and piloting guaranteed income policies. This position is a part-time remote role with the potential to transition into an in-office permanent role.

The research team at JFI is examining the effects of guaranteed income as a policy alternative to improve economic, social and psychological wellbeing. JFI and its team of affiliated and non-affiliated researchers at Princeton, NYU and Fluminense Federal University, Brazil are conducting program evaluations to examine effects of an unconditional cash transfer on consumption, labor, social interactions and wellbeing for city governments in the United States and in Maric, Brazil.

JFI seeks a research fellow in economics to support the team in building experimental and quasi experimental pilots for our city government partners. The research fellow will join a small team of researchers in economics, sociology, public policy and political science. The fellow will work closely with JFIs Director of Research and the guaranteed income research team.

How To Apply:

Interested candidates should apply by sending the following application materials to socialscience@apps.jainfamilyinstitute.org in one pdf file:

  1. A letter of interest
  2. A CV with contact information
  3. Writing or project sample demonstrating abilities in econometrics

We will be anonymizing application materials for the first stages of review. With the exception of your resume, please do not include your name on any of your materials.

Applications will be accepted through September 18, 2020. Please contact

Maurice Asare, Operations Associate at operations@jainfamilyinstitute.org

with any questions regarding the position.


Time commitment: approximately 20-30 hours a week

Confidentiality: as needed

The fellow's tasks will include:

  • Advising and working with city government partners to build out elements of the research design
  • Refining and reviewing design elements including conducting validity and robustness checks
  • Developing analysis models for the experimental design
  • Working and engaging with the research team and academic advisors

Required Skills And Qualifications

  • Expertise in econometrics, experimental and quasi-experimental design and causal inference
  • Expertise in elements of pilot design, including survey designs, sampling, and statistical power
  • Expertise and interest in development economics and updates in the field
  • Strong skills in statistical programming in STATA and/or R
  • Interest in applied research in development policy, specifically cash transfer policies
  • Demonstrated experience as a research assistant or comparable experience in pilot design and implementation


  • A stipend of $15,000, paid in semi-monthly installments of $1,250 for six months with renewal based on performance
  • The possibility of co-authoring research papers or publishing whitepapers
  • Opportunities to meet with leading scholars and policy experts


  • The position will be remote at least until the end of the year, though there may be opportunities, if so desired, to work from our Manhattan office on occasion. However, you will need to be present and online during your set working hours, and as needed for research meetings and presentations. Our typical hours are 10am 6pm EST.

About JFI

JFI is an applied research organization in the social sciences. We work to bring just and equitable research and policy from conception in theory to implementation in society. Our current initiatives include applied research in higher education finance, guaranteed income, and digital ethics.

JFI is firmly committed to the principle of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO). We believe that the quality of our work and research is immensely strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, disability, and more. We actively seek and welcome applicants who identify as BIPOC, women, members of the LGBTQIA community, persons with disabilities, and people at the intersections and peripheries of these identities, from across the spectrum of disciplines and methods. For details about our staff and current projects, see http://www.jainfamilyinstitute.org

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Posted: 2020-08-28 Expires: 2020-09-29

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