Professors Daniela Scur and Sarah Wolfolds are seeking to hire one full-time Pre-Doctoral Fellow to join the Dyson School as a temporary, 1-year research assistant starting in Fall 2021.
Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
Pre-doctoral fellows will assist with data collection and analysis tasks on a series of research projects led by Prof Scur and Prof Wolfolds that focus on economics, organizations and management science. Ongoing and planned projects include the following:
Into the black box of pay practices: evidence from Brazilian data
Motivating Mission Work: Profit Status and Employee Incentives in Microfinance Institutions
On the dissemination of management practices: how local context enables or hinders adoption of best practices
Management data for Strategy research
Corporate governance in the age of quotas
Postwar Railroad Productivity Measurement: Refining the Statistical Analysis
Pre-Doctoral Fellows work closely with Professors Scur and Wolfolds, as well as a small group of part-time research assistants and graduate in all stages of the research process. As a fellow, your tasks will include working with large administrative datasets as well as learning how to collect primary data via survey methods .You will use cutting edge statistical techniques and "big data" approaches to understand minimum wage policies; conduct sophisticated empirical analyses to uncover the causal impact of gender-based board quotas on corporate performance; learn to design and implement employee-level surveys and field experiments; help in preparing presentations and manuscripts; and interact with outside academic experts and policy leaders involved with these projects.
The Pre-Doctoral Research Assistant position is ideal preparation for top Ph.D. programs in economics, business strategy, and related fields.
We seek Pre-Doctoral Fellow candidates who not only have exceptional technical skills and a proven ability to creatively tackle difficult empirical problems, but who are also passionate about advancing our understanding of organizations broadly construed. Furthermore, because our work is both highly challenging and necessarily collaborative, it is imperative that Pre-Doctoral Fellows be able to thrive in a team- based environment.
Specific qualifications for Pre-Doctoral Fellows include the following:
Education and experience:
Bachelor's Degree in Economics, Statistics or related disciplines required;
Previous research experience strongly preferred;
Proficiency in Stata required;
Ability to use or willingness to learn LaTex required;
Additional statistical software packages (e.g., SAS, R, or Python) an asset
Competencies and skills:
Proven ability to work effectively in small teams, demonstrating a strong desire to both learn from and mentor other team members
Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects at once; review and prioritize work independently and effectively
Drive and ability to develop a detailed understanding of areas ranging from cutting-edge econometric techniques to institutional details related to various projects
Excellent oral and written communication skills
High attention to detail and quality in data analysis and written material
Significant knowledge of statistics and/or empirical economics research
Demonstrated ability to be resourceful and creative in problem-solving
The Pre-Doctoral Research Assistant is full-time, but can work remotely within the US or relocate to Ithaca, NY. We cannot sponsor visas at this time.
To apply, please be sure to include the following:
A cover letter that includes:
A brief description of your experience as a research assistant and with any independent research (e.g. thesis or other research projects)
A description of your familiarity with various statistical and computer packages (e.g. STATA, SAS, Matlab, Python, Perl etc.)
The names of two references (and their email and phone contact information) who could provide references.
The date on which you are available to start work.
A current CV;
A transcript (unofficial is fine);
Please note that when submitting your application materials, additional documents such as an official transcript can also be attached in the resume and cover letter section of your application.
Short-listed applicants will be asked to complete a technical exercise and may be called for an interview.
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