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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Science for Progress Initiative (SfPI) Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Science for Progress Initiative (SfPI) Postdoctoral Associate

  • Job Number: 23232

  • Functional Area: Research - Social Science

  • Department: Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

  • School Area: Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

  • Employment Type: Full-Time Temporary

  • Employment Category: Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: No

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    Job Description

SCIENCE FOR PROGRESS INITIATIVE (SfPI) POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Economics/Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), to conduct research using randomized evaluations to reduce poverty. J-PAL works in ten sectors, including agriculture, education, health, and more. Sector teams, led by J-PAL affiliated professors, manage initiatives that fund research, create publications that summarize lessons from randomized evaluations, and host policy and training outreach events. Will operate with substantial intellectual autonomy while working alongside Pierre Azoulay, the faculty supervisor for this position, and with further opportunities for collaboration with researchers leading allied initiatives including SfPI and the Institute for Progress ( . A full job description is available here ( . J-PAL ( is a global research center working to reduce poverty and fight climate change by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. Anchored by a network of more than 500 top researchers at universities around the world, J-PAL conducts innovative research and builds powerful partnerships to solve the world’s greatest challenges. J-PAL was launched at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003 and its faculty directors are Nobel laureates and MIT professors Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, and Ben Olken ( . It has over 400 research, policy, training, and operations staff across Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East, North America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: a doctoral degree in economics, political science, public policy, computer science, or related fields and a strong background in either implementing RCTs on your own and/or demonstrated research interest in one or several of the subject areas noted above; and Stata or R proficiency. PREFERRED: Python, C, MATLAB or other programming skills, and GIS and/or remote sensing experience. Job #23232 This position is based at the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Application material should include, in a single PDF uploaded to the resume field, the following: 1) a cover letter that includes contact information for three recommendations, 2) a current CV with a list of publications, 3) an academic transcript (unofficial is fine), and 4) a job market paper. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but it is highly recommended that applicants submit their materials before November 15, 2023, for full consideration. Please note that authorization to work in the U.S. is required. Employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory background check

This is a one-year position. 9/25/23