Research Specialist - Development Innovation Lab

  • United States of America
  • Bachelor's
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Length of Commitment:
One year


If you have any doubts regarding this position, please e-mail [email protected] for questions.

About the Lab

The Development Innovation Lab (DIL) at the Becker Friedman Institute (BFI), led by professor Michael Kremer, uses the tools of economics to develop innovations of practical use in developing countries. By bringing together experts in different fields and working closely with nonprofit organizations, firms and governments in developing countries, we can simultaneously advance knowledge and generate solutions to development challenges which can reach hundreds of millions of people.

Job Summary

The job performs routine assignments related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.


  • May work with Faculty Director to assist with the preparation of reports, manuscripts, and other documents.
  • Collaborates with other Researchers with the preparation of presentations and talking points.
  • Assists with research dissemination and outreach to media and policymakers.
  • Enters data and reports on results.
  • Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with the preparation of reports, manuscripts, and other documents.
  • Installs, sets up and performs experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator.
  • Maintains recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Has general awareness in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, or a closely related field with demonstrated understanding of economics.
  • Coursework or experience in development economics is a strong plus.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Suites.

Preferred Competencies

  • Strong writing and copy-editing skills.
  • Translating technical, academic materials into accessible formats.
  • Exceptional time management and organizational skills including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines.
  • Proven ability to be a valuable part of a team.
  • Excellent organizational skills and high attention to detail.
  • Strong interest in development economics.

Working Conditions

  • Perform tasks mostly indoors in an office setting.
  • Work independently for periods of eight (8) hours or more.
  • Application Documents
  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (preferred)
  • Three Professional References Contact Information (required)Job Summary

How to Apply


If you have any doubts regarding this position, please e-mail [email protected] for questions.