Research Assistant III

Job Summary

Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) seeks applications for a research assistant position with a flexible start date in the spring or summer of 2020.  The research assistant will conduct quantitative research related to housing markets and policy. 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 a member of the JCHS research team, the research assistant will contribute to the Center’s research products, communications, events, and other activities.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

  • Carries out quantitative research on topics related to housing markets, household demographics and finances, housing affordability, housing policy, homeownership and rental housing, and other research areas as needed.
  • Summarizes and compiles data through the statistical analysis of large-scale databases including the American Community Survey, American Housing Survey, Decennial Census, Current Population Survey, and Survey of Consumer Finances.
  • Conducts statistical analysis, database management, and policy analysis; participates in design of research methods and approaches; serves as a 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 in collaboration with senior staff. Designs and 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.

Basic Qualifications

Candidates must have an interest in topics related to housing, as well as experience using statistical software packages such as SAS or Stata. Experience working with Census PUMS data is a plus, as is experience with GIS mapping tools.

Additional Qualifications

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, oral and written communication skills. Candidate must have employment eligibility to work in the United States. For more information or to apply, please visit the Harvard Careers Website.