Postdoctoral Associate - J-PAL Global

United States
Other advanced degree
Language Requirement 
Start Date 
May 01, 2018

J-PAL is recruiting for the role of Postdoctoral Associate, based at the J-PAL Global office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. As Postdoctoral Associate, you will split your time between directing J-PAL’s Education group’s on-line and in-person educational offerings (50%) and your independent research, which should involve randomized controlled trials focused on the alleviation of poverty (50%). 

MicroMasters and Blended Master’s

The newly-created Education group leads J-PAL’s latest effort to make high quality education in development economics, data analysis, and program evaluation accessible to students and practitioners around the world. The group is responsible for the management and development of the new MITx MicroMasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy and well as the Department of Economics' blended Master’s in Data, Economics, and Development Policy, which will launch in Spring 2020. As Postdoctoral Associate in our Education team, your primary responsibility will be to act as Program Director for these two initiatives. You will lead course and content management, supervise TAs, and represent the program towards external stakeholders, including learners, partner organizations, universities and donors. You will oversee the launch of the blended Master’s program, supervise the admissions process, and act as students’ main academic point of contact once they arrive on campus. This also includes teaching a weekly lunch seminar and supervising students’ "capstone projects” (field internships in lieu of a Master’s thesis). You will have two full time associates supporting you.

Independent Research

You may spend 50 percent of your time on independent research projects focused on J-PAL’s sector interests. You will have access to the unique set of resources provided by J-PAL’s own research operations and affiliate network, as well as the affiliation with MIT and our location in a hub of innovative economic and policy research. J-PAL works with government partners with privileged access to unexplored bodies of data. J-PAL offices operate on five continents, collect data for dozens of research projects at any given time, and have relationships with a wide network of policy and research partners. J-PAL Global is well integrated with the MIT Economics community; collaborations with MIT faculty are strongly encouraged. You will also join a peer group of several other postdocs with offices at J-PAL Global and MIT Economics. 

Successful candidates should have a strong background in either implementing RCTs on their own (e.g. in their thesis work) and/or and demonstrated research interest in one or several of the subject areas above. A doctoral degree in economics, political science, education, computer science, or related fields is required, as is prior teaching experience. At least three reference letters should be submitted; the references should address the ability of the candidate to carry out their proposed research. In addition, prior experience supervising staff and managing complex projects is a strong plus.

A two-year commitment is expected, with the potential to extend to three years.

MIT Postdoctoral Associates have access to MIT’s excellent benefits and resources, from pension and health benefits to commuting benefits to sports facilities.

How to Apply

Complete the J-PAL/IPA Common Application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Postdoctoral Associate - J-PAL Global”. 

Note that you are able to submit your application before your references complete their recommendation letters; however, you must include their contact information before submitting your application.

Given the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.