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Project Specialist (Survey Research Fellow)
ApplyCenter for Economic and Social ResearchLos Angeles, California
Project Specialist: Survey Research Fellow
Description of Position
The Research Fellow will provide analytical research support to a portfolio of studies conducted through the Center for Economic and Social Research at the University of Southern California. These studies include a high-frequency panel of surveys related to COVID-19 in India, as part of the NIA funded LASI-DAD study, CESR’s Understanding America Study monthly surveys, and another NIA funded project, Toward Next Generation Data on Health and Life Changes at Older Ages.
The Fellow will support CESR researchers in designing and testing survey questionnaires, cleaning and harmonizing datasets, analyzing data for academic and policy outputs, researching relevant domains, and assisting with report writing. Strong candidates will have sound data and analytical skills and extensive past experience working with primary and secondary survey data both national and international. Successful candidates should be able to interact effectively with teams across different cultures and time zones, engage effectively with counterparts at all levels, and multitask across several fast-moving projects.
Clean and analyze original survey data as well as other secondary datasets (e.g., household surveys) for analysis
Participate in survey design and data collection activities, including designing questionnaires and related forms for digital data collection, and setting up and running data quality checks
Contribute to pre-analysis plans, papers, and other written material, upon request
Prepare literature reviews per request of senior researchers
Draft policy briefs and presentations, presenting research evidence in a compelling and policy-forward format, and effectively representing the research to external stakeholders
Contribute to regular reports and presentations for donor audiences
Coordinate with project teams to ensure timely submission of deliverables, as well as provide support to field staff as necessary
Other duties, as required
Experience living or working India
Data collection and field research experience
Knowledge of poverty and nutrition issues
Working knowledge of LaTeX
Experience harmonizing waves of longitudinal survey data
Past experience working as research assistant for economists in an academic or policy setting
Bachelors or Masters degree in a quantitative social science or health-related field
Proven analytical skills and proficiency in Stata and R
Strong interest in public policy, aging, and economic development
Excellent oral and written English skills
Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite
Mature, self-directed, with the ability to multitask and meet deadlines
Required Documents and Additional Information:
Resume and cover letter required (may be uploaded as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of (5) five business days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.
USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six months of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.
The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree
Minimum Experience: 2 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education and experience to be able to advise on project procedures and analysis techniques