MIT Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow

MIT Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow
Professor Parag Pathak
Position Overview
We are seeking a motivated, independent, and organized Pre-Doctoral Research
Fellow to support efforts to evaluate and improve education programs and
policies. Research Fellows receive a two-year full-time appointment with the
School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative (SEII), a research lab based at MIT
Economics and the National Bureau of Economic Research. SEII’s current
research projects involve studies of the impact of education policies and programs
in Boston, New York, and Denver, and a large-scale evaluation of a college
scholarship program.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Fellows will work closely with SEII Director Parag Pathak, as well as our
collaborators at universities across the country including UC-Berkeley and Duke.
Specific tasks include: constructing original research data sets, preparing data for
analysis, conducting analysis in statistical packages to answer research questions,
code management and project documentation, presenting results at weekly team
meetings, editing scientific papers for publication, and other tasks as assigned.
The fellowship will be a full-time position located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
An employment term of two years is expected. Start date is flexible, with a strong
preference for candidates who can begin on or before August 1, 2018.
Qualifications & Skills
A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in economics, computer science, mathematics,
statistics or a related field and strong quantitative and programming skills are
required. Knowledge of Stata, Python, Matlab, and/or R and previous research
experience are strongly preferred. This position is intended to act as a pathway to
graduate school for candidates who plan to apply to an Economics or related
Ph.D. program in the future.
To Apply
1. Upload the following materials in one PDF attachment with the title
“SEII RF Application [Your Full Name]” at this link:
▪ A cover letter describing your:
o Interest in and qualifications (including programming abilities) for the position
o Earliest available start date and desired end date
o Requirements for visa sponsorship: Please note Research Fellows are not eligible for visa sponsorship. OPT-eligible candidates must provide documentation of their application for OPT status.
▪ A CV or resume
▪ A complete undergraduate transcript and graduate transcript, if applicable. They do not need to be official.
2. Complete the Google form at the following link:
Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a Stata exercise.
Questions should be directed to Eryn Heying at We will review all applications and interview candidates in summer 2018.

Job Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
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