Research at the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale (Y-RISE)

Faculty Sponsor(s): 
Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak

Project Description(s):

Professor Mobarak, faculty director of the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale (Y-RISE), is recruiting multiple Fellows to work as part of his research team:

The position will consist of collaboration on a number of new and ongoing projects related to the Y-RISE research agenda on the effects of large-scale development interventions. The focus of this research may include assessing the general-equilibrium effects of interventions, the effects of programs on political outcomes, the external validity of initial estimates of program effects in different locations and years, and the implementation challenges that arise when programs scale. Mobarak’s work on seasonal migration is an example of the type of research that fits within this agenda.

Primary responsibilities include planning study design, cleaning and analyzing large datasets, helping to write papers and proposals, generating figures and tables, and supporting quality assurance of on-going fieldwork.

The position is offered for one year (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis for a preferred start date in Spring/Summer 2021, depending on applicant availability), with a strong preference for a second-year renewal. Fellows will sit in the Y-RISE office at the MacMillan Center, located adjacent to the Yale Economics Department.

Requisite Skills and Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will: (i) be detail-oriented with programming experience in statistical software such as Stata, R, Matlab, or Python; (ii) have a strong quantitative background; (iii) be able to work independently to solve problems; and (iv) have a long-term interest in pursuing research in economics. Familiarity with economics and randomized controlled trials is preferred – but we also welcome applicants with strong technical backgrounds who wish to increase their exposure to economics and related fields.

Special Application Instructions:

Please email with subject “RA Candidate 2021: Lastname, Firstname” and attach a single PDF document named “Lastname_Firstname” containing the following materials:

1.     A cover letter describing:

a.     Your interest in the position

b.     Your familiarity with statistical software and programming languages (e.g. Stata, R Matlab, Python, etc.)

c.     Your prior experience as a research assistant and/or with independent research projects.

d.     Names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of 2-3 references

2.     A CV

3.     Transcripts (unofficial is fine)

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to complete a set of technical exercises. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we may not be able to contact all applicants.

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