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Project Specialist (Survey Research Fellow)

Center for Economic and Social Research Los 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

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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

REQ20090495 Posted Date: 06/30/2020

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