Predoctoral Research Fellow, Y-RISE - Yale University

  • United States of America
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Other advanced degree
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Length of Commitment:
Two years

Professor Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, faculty director of the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale (Y-RISE) is seeking a full-time Postgraduate Associate (PGA). The position is for one year. PGAs will work from the Y-RISE office and participate in the Yale Economics Department’s pre-doctoral Tobin RA program. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the preferred start date is Spring/Summer 2022.

The job 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.

Training and Mentorship that the candidate will have access to:

  • Training: The candidate will receive training on skills including but not limited to technical research skills, including the ability to conduct statistical analysis on economic and experimental data; designing and managing field experiments; literature on many key topics in economic development, especially COVID-19 prevention, behavior change, and the design and evaluation of large-scale programs; and soft skills necessary for academic research, such as the ability to collaborate, communicate, self-motivate, and manage multiple projects effectively.
  • Mentoring: The candidate will receive mentoring from Professor Mushfiq Mobarak, through group and 1:1 meetings. He will help facilitate academic relationships with other faculty, postdoctoral associates, and other future graduate students in their field as well. Finally, the candidate will also have access to mentorship through the Tobin Center for Economic Policy
  • Education: The candidate will have access to the resources provided as part of the Tobin Pre-doc Program including taking for credit or auditing one course per semester, participating in a weekly professional development seminar, and attending department research seminars.

The position is located at Yale University. Salary is competitive with similar postgraduate associate trainee positions and will depend on the applicant’s skill set.


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. The candidate should have recently earned a Bachelor or Master degree by the start date of the position.

How to Apply

All information from the applicant should be submitted electronically via Interfolio - You can direct any questions to [email protected] 

Complete applications must include:

  1. A cover letter describing:
    1. Your interest in the position
    2. Your familiarity with statistical software and programming languages (e.g. Stata, R Matlab, Python, etc.)
    3. Your prior experience as a research assistant and/or with independent research projects.
  2. Names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of 2-3 references
  3. Curriculum vitaeTranscripts (unofficial is fine)

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