Research Associate, University of Chicago - J-PAL

United States of America (the)
Language Requirement 
Length of Commitment 
One year
Start Date 

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) seeks a full-time Research Associate to work with Professor Oeindrila Dube (University of Chicago) on projects related to conflict, poverty and violence. 

We are seeking a one year commitment for this position, with a possibility to renew up to two years. The position will be based in Chicago, at the University of Chicago. 

The RA will be employed through JPAL, but also have a formal University of Chicago affiliation and sit with Professor Dube at Harris Public Policy and Pearson Institute. 

The ideal start date would be February 2019, though applicants that can only start at a later date such as summer 2019 will also be considered. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Data Analysis: Work with data sets, prepare and run code for data cleaning and analysis. Coding in STATA, R or Python to perform custom analysis of large datasets.
  • Supervise undergraduate interns and Research Assistants who may also assist with the PI’s project. 
  • Literature Research: Assist faculty with literature reviews. 
  • Writing: Provide input as appropriate into academic papers; prepare data for publication and publish in publicly accessible repositories. 
  • Project Work: Liaising with field staff running evaluations and collaborating with them including possible occasional travel to research field sites 
  • Human Subjects: Assist with technical aspects of new and renewal applications to Institutional Review Boards, reply to questions from J-PAL administrative staff working on IRB issues. 
  • Miscellaneous: Any other tasks assigned by the Principal Investigator. 
  • Communication with the Principal investigator 


  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in economics, computer science, mathematics, statistics, political science, or related fields 
  • Strong quantitative skills: training in econometrics and statistics required – but applicants with strong grades and demonstrated quantitative skills will be considered. 
  • Extensive experience in statistical analysis is a strong plus: generally, experience working with large datasets is required. 
  • Knowledge of Stata (required); familiarity with R and Python (preferred). 
  • Experience as a research assistant in a similar field (preferred). 
  • Excellent management and organizational skills • Fluency in English with strong communication skills 
  • Time-management: Proven ability to handle several different projects/tasks at one time, successfully complete tasks assigned, and meet deadlines. Willingness to work hard, be self-motivated and learn will be essential for doing well in this position.

How to Apply

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select "Research Associate, University of Chicago - J-PAL” and include resume, cover letter, transcripts, and a brief writing sample. Please upload your cover letter and writing sample as one PDF file under the cover letter section. Note that applications with incomplete submissions will not be considered.

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