Research Assistant III
Duties & Responsibilities
Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) seeks applications for a research assistant to conduct economic and demographic research. Since its founding in 1959, JCHS has been a leader in advancing public understanding of housing issues and policy. Through its research, education, and public outreach programs, JCHS helps leaders in government, business, and the civic sectors make decisions that effectively address the needs of cities and communities. As member of the JCHS research team, the research assistant will contribute to the Joint Center’s research products, communications, events, and other activities.
Carries out economic and demographic research on topics related to housing affordability, housing policy, homeownership, mortgage finance, urban planning, land use regulation, home improvement markets, and other research areas as needed.
Summarizes and compiles data through the statistical analysis of large-scale databases including the American Housing Survey, Decennial Census, Current Population Survey, Survey of Consumer Finance, Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data, Residential Finance Survey, and American Community Survey.
Conducts statistical analysis, database management, and policy analysis; participates in design of research methods and approaches; serves as source of information or reference on specific research methods and may train others in econometric analysis procedures.
Organizes material for reports, research briefs, and working papers. Drafts publications both independently and in collaboration with senior staff. Delivers research presentations as required.
Works as a member of a team, contributing to all aspects of project development and execution. Submits periodic reports of project status to supervisor. Performs other project duties as required.
Candidates must have a demonstrated interest in topics related to housing. Experience with statistical software packages such as SAS, Stata, or GIS is a plus.
Preference will be given to those with a Master’s Degree in economics, public policy, urban planning, or a related field (1 - 2 years research experience is a plus). Strong analytical and written communication skills. Candidate must have employment eligibility to work in the United States.
In order to be considered for this position, a cover letter along with a resume is required. The Harvard Graduate School of Design cannot sponsor a Visa for this position.For more information, or to apply, please visit the Harvard Careers Website.