JOE Listings (Job Openings for Economists)

August 1, 2021 - January 31, 2022

National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

Full Time Research Assistant

JOE ID Number: 2021-02_111467511
Date Posted: 09/24/2021
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Full Time Research Assistant
Section: Other Nonacademic (Temporary, Part-Time, Non-Salaried, Consulting, Etc.)
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
JEL Classifications:
D9 -- Micro-Based Behavioral Economics
E2 -- Consumption, Saving, Production, Investment, Labor Markets, and Informal Economy
G4 -- Behavioral Finance
Full Text of JOE Listing:

Professors Dan Benjamin, David Cesarini, and David Laibson plan to employ fullā€time research assistants interested in genoeconomics at the NBER starting during the summer of 2022. Prior experience not necessary. Applicants should be interested in applying to a quantitative Ph.D. program (e.g., Quantitative Genetics, Economics, Neuroscience, Sociology, Statistics, Data Science) and pursuing an academic research career.

Current projects include identifying genetic variants associated with educational attainment and risk preferences, creating optimal genetic predictors for a range of behavioral traits, and developing new statistical methods. Research assistants are directly involved in the entire research process, including:

• Developing new methods to analyze genetic data
• Data analysis in R and Python
• Background research and literature reviews for paper writing
• Drafting sections of manuscripts for publication
• Visualizing data for manuscripts and presentations

• Knowledge of one or more of R, Python, or STATA
• Strong work ethic and organizational skills
• Bachelor’s degree in economics, genetics, computer science, statistics, or mathematics
• Ability to work independently, with minimal guidance
• Interest in genoeconomics
• Strong writing skills

• Knowledge of Latex
• Experience with Unix commands
• Familiarity with statistical analyses such as OLS, MLE, and PCA

Application Requirements:
  • External Application Link
Application deadline: 01/31/2022