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Research Specialist II

On-site
Work must be performed in or near Princeton, NJ
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Published 12 days ago

Details at a Glance

Job Type
Full Time
Education
4-Year Degree Required
Experience Level
Intermediate

Description

Overview

The Department of Sociology at Princeton University seeks applicants for a full-time post-baccalaureate research assistant position in the Eviction Lab. Successful candidates will have a background in computer science, statistics, data science, economics, and/or quantitative social science.

The Eviction Lab at Princeton University is an interdisciplinary and multi-generational research team who has built the first-ever national database of evictions in America. We have validated, mapped, and published our data through an interactive website (evictionlab.org). The Eviction Lab is currently working on a large number of studies on the prevalence, causes, and consequences of housing displacement.

Research assistants will have access to novel and very large datasets not publicly released. Major initiatives include the Joint Statistical Project with the U.S. Census, involving the merging of over 100 million eviction records with several administrative databases. We are also constructing large, parcel-level databases that combine information from across multiple datasets.

 We seek self-driven, creative thinkers with strong quantitative skills to assist with research analysis and publication of research findings on housing instability, urban inequality, and public policy. Successful candidates must have previous experience managing and analyzing quantitative data using sophisticated statistical or computer programming techniques. Proficiency in R is required. Previous experience with Python, Stata, ArcGIS, web scraping, accessing data through APIs, advanced data visualization, managing large datasets, or working with administrative data is a plus. Previous coursework in the social sciences, especially sociology or urban studies, is not required but useful.

This is a benefits-eligible, one-year term position with the possibility of renewal. For full consideration, applicants should submit a cover letter and resume with their application.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include:

  • Data collection, including out reach to courts and municipalities to request data, initiating Freedom of Information Act Requests and other related tasks
  • Preparing data for use in the Eviction Lab's database or for related Eviction Lab projects which includes cleaning data in R, writing code, reformatting files and validating data
  • Library research and collaboration with other Eviction Lab team members on research questions, producing data visualizations, or conducting statistical analyses
  • Attending and contributing to team meetings, collaborating with Eviction Lab undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers and attending workshops, conferences and meetings at Princeton and other research organizations.
  • Responding to queries from other researchers and members of the public.

Qualifications

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • 3+ years relevant experience
  • Experience managing and analyzing quantitative data using sophisticated statistical or computer programming techniques, proficiency in R, and ability to apply rigorous data analysis techniques to real-world problems.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Python, Stata, ArcGIS, web scraping, accessing data through APIs
  • Advanced data visualization
  • Managing large datasets or working with administrative data
  • Previous coursework in sociology, urban studies or housing instability

 See more and apply here.



Overview

The Department of Sociology at Princeton University seeks applicants for a full-time post-baccalaureate research assistant position in the Eviction Lab. Successful candidates will have a background in computer science…

Location

On-site
William St, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through Princeton University's Careers website.

Applications must be submitted through Princeton University's Careers website.

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