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Post-doctoral Research Associate

Title: Post-doctoral Research Associate

  • Employer: HEC Montréal (Productivity Partnership)
  • Location: Canada
  • Position Type: Post-Doc
  • Deadline: Jan 14, 2017

  • Job Description:

    Post-doctoral Research Associate

    Location:
    Montreal, QC, Canada and/or Ottawa, ON, Canada

    JEL Classification
    E01 Measurement and Data on National Income and Product Accounts and Wealth
    C87 Econometric Software
    L16 Industrial Organization and Macroeconomics: Industrial Structure and Structural Change
    C81 Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data • Data Access

    Full description:
    The Quebec inter-University Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS) in conjunction with the Department of Applied Economics at HEC Montréal and the Labor Dynamics Institute at Cornell University, as part of the Productivity Partnership as funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, announces a full-time Post-doctoral fellowship (PDF) for 2017-2018, with a possible extension to 2018-19. The post-doc can be awarded to a recent Ph.D. in Economics, Public Policy, Computer Science (with some social science background), Statistics (with some social science background) or related field.

    The PDF will work at the Centre for Data Development and Economic Research (CDER) at Statistics Canada. Her/his position will involve working with Dr. Benoit Dostie (HEC), Dr. Lars Vilhuber (Cornell University) and Danny Leung (Statistics Canada) on developing and applying disclosure avoidance methods appropriate for complex economic microdata, in particular the use of synthetic data generation applied to longitudinal businesses, establishments, and their employees. Other duties will involve the broader goals of the Productivity Partnership research at CDER to explore the use of firm microdata to analyse productivity and incomes. This time will be split between helping other researchers and, if desired by the PDF, working on a project that she/he will propose. The PDF will be jointly supervised by Drs. Dostie, Vilhuber, and Leung.

    The incumbent will contribute through research, including peer-reviewed papers, and will participate in grant-related reporting and grant-related scientific meetings. The position requires onsite work at Statistics Canada in Ottawa, ON, interaction with Statistics Canada staff, as well as academic guidance by faculty at HEC Montréal and Cornell University.

    For more information, see
    • https://www2.vrdc.cornell.edu/news/workshops-and-sessions/world-statistical-congress-session-on-synthetic-lbd/
    • https://www2.vrdc.cornell.edu/news/workshops-and-sessions/world-statistical-congress-2015-isi2015-session-on-synthetic-establishment-microdata-around-the-world/
    • https://www2.vrdc.cornell.edu/news/workshops-and-sessions/caed-2013-discussion-on-cross-national-to-generate-synthetic-business-databases/.

    Requirements
    The applicant must have strong quantitative skills, familiarity with confidentiality protection methods, familiarity with economic, business, or labor market and other relevant data, and a willingness to focus on applied confidentiality protection methods. Skills in SAS and R are an asset.
    The PDF will work onsite at Statistics Canada. The successful applicant will need to consent to a reliability screening process that includes a background check, a criminal record check, and a credit check before being sworn in under the Statistics Act as a "deemed employee". Deemed employees are subject to all the conditions and penalties of regular Statistics Canada employees, including fines and/or imprisonment for breach of confidentiality. The acquisition of reliability status and the swearing-in under the Statistics Act are essential requirements for the PDF.

    The position could start as early as February 1, 2017 and as late as June 1, 2017. Salary is standard SSHRC stipend of $40500 plus a $5000 research allowance. The initial appointment is expected to be for one year and can be extended through 2019, dependent on funding, available work, and performance.

    More information information on QICSS can be found at https://www.ciqss.org, about the Department of Applied Economics at HEC at http://www.hec.ca/en/iea/, information on Statistics Canada’s CDER can be found at http://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/cder/, and information about the Labor Dynamics Institute can be found at http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/ldi/.

    Applying
    Applicants should provide a CV, names and addresses of three references, a brief description of past research experience, a brief description of future research interests and goals, and a cover letter. Please send complete application packages to benoit.dostie@hec.ca. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

  • This position has closed. Applications are no longer accepted.