Job ID: 144429

Research Data Analyst - Department of Economics, School of Arts and Sciences

Tufts University

  • Jul. 9, 2020
  • Research Data Analyst - Department of Economics, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Tufts University
    Medford\/Somerville, MA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Research Methods/Data Analysis
    Economics - General

This is a limited term position ending June 30, 2021. This is a grant funded position and is not eligible for severance pay.

Tufts University is seeking to hire a full-time Research Professional to work for Professor Steve Cicala on ongoing and new research projects related to energy, the economy, and pollution. It is possible to begin work immediately, and application must be available to work full-time by August 3, 2020 at the latest. This is a one year position with the possibility of extending for a second year. Top candidates are seeking to develop research experience before applying to a Ph.D. in economics. Individuals from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in economics are especially encouraged to apply.

The Research Professional will be a key contributor to advanced empirical projects on the relationship between electricity and economic activity, and pollution from power plants. Specific activities include writing web scrapers in Python to compile electricity consumption data from online platforms, programs to pull and process raster images, basic geocoding, data management, website platform design, and database management & processing. For examples of previous work, visit scicala/papers/papers.html . The RP will work in close contact with the Principal Investigator. The location of work is flexible during these unusual times—the RP may choose their preferred place of work through September. When normal workplace activities resume, the RP will be located at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA and/or Tufts University. Previous members of the team moved on to graduate studies in top-US institutions, including UC Berkeley.


Desired (but not required) skills include advanced familiarity with R and/or Python, and the ability to use Stata to manage and clean large datasets. 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.

Preferred Qualifications:
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 and/or Python preferred.
Knowledge of STATA preferred.

Required Documents:
Writing sample describing a prior coding project.

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.

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