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Zurich, Switzerland  •  map
Flexible start date. Duration: 20 months
Department of Economics www
University of Zurich (Universität Zürich) www
Research Assistant (Pre-Doc)
Various fields
Development; Growth  •  International Trade  •  Labor; Demographic Economics  •  Macroeconomics; Monetary  •  Public Economics  •  Urban; Rural; Regional Economics  •  Political Economy
19 Aug 2020
15 Sep 2020
18 Aug 2021

Predoctoral Research Associate in Economics at the Chair of Globalization and Labor Markets, University of Zurich

The Department of Economics of the University of Zurich invites applications for the position of a Full-Time Predoctoral Research Associate in Economics. The Research Associate receives an appointment of 18-24 months at the Department of Economics and will work closely with Prof. David Dorn.

The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in developing cutting-edge empirical research. It will support research projects on labor markets, globalization, technological change, and political economy.

Specific responsibilities include obtaining, organizing and cleaning data, analysing data using statistical software, presenting results, and writing documentations and reports

Job Qualifications:

Experience: Candidates should have hands-on experience with statistical software,
ideally Stata. Formal post-undergraduate professional experience is not required.
Education: This position is usually filled by those with a Bachelor's or Master’s
degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, mathematics, statistics, or related
fields. Training in microeconomics, econometrics, and statistics is required.
Communication: Good oral and written communication skills in English. Knowledge
of German is not required.
Time Management: Proven ability to handle several different projects/tasks at one
time, successfully complete tasks assigned, and meet deadlines. A willingness to
work hard, be self-motivated and learn will be essential for doing well in this

The Pre-Doc is a full-time position with a flexible start date in late 2020 or early 2021. The end date of the position is in summer/fall 2022.

Complete applications including motivation letter, CV, academic transcripts, and at least 2 letters of reference should be sent to (reference letters can be sent separately). The screening of applications will start on September 15, 2020.

To apply, send a message to (See posting for details.)

Location of job: University of Zurich, Department of Economics, Schönberggasse 1, Zurich, Zurich, 8001, Switzerland (map)
Degree required: Bachelors
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: 20 months
Letters of reference required: 2
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting September, 2020.

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Flexible start date. Duration: 1 year
Arthur van Benthem www
University of Pennsylvania www
Research Assistant (Pre-Doc)
Development; Growth  •  Environmental; Ag. Econ.
2 Sep 2020
30 Sep 2020
31 Dec 2020

Professors Arthur van Benthem and Susanna Berkouwer at the Wharton School are seeking a Research Analyst to support quantitative research in economics. Most research will be in the field of energy and the environment in the U.S. and in developing countries, including: efficiency losses from imperfect environmental policies, energy efficiency, fuel economy standards, infrastructure construction, the economics of renewable energy, and carbon taxes under market failures. Job responsibilities include performing a variety of statistical and econometric analyses, cleaning and analyzing data, writing research reports, conducting background research and literature reviews, identifying and obtaining secondary data, and coding survey questionnaires for field activities. Independent thinking, a thorough understanding of economics or related disciplines, and self-motivation are highly valued in performing these functions.

This is a challenging opportunity for an early-career professional who is passionate about social science research and has a strong desire to expand and deepen skills in economic research and quantitative data analysis. The research assistant will work closely with Professors van Benthem and Berkouwer, who will provide supervision and mentorship on academic development more broadly. They will be encouraged to be an active part of the research community, which can include attending seminars and exploring personal research interests. We anticipate that the successful candidate would work in this position for 1 or 2 years, before going on to graduate programs or careers in Economics, Public Policy, Business, or another quantitative social science.

For more information and how to apply, see the job announcement here:

Please also email your materials to and

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will close once the position is filled. Initial review of applications will begin September 1.

To apply, visit (See posting for details.)

Location of job: See advertisement
Degree required: Bachelors
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: 1 year
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting September, 2020.
Central Bank of Hungary (Magyar Nemzeti Bank) www
Assistant Professor  •  Associate Professor  •  Postdoctoral Scholar  •  Research Assistant
Various fields
Econometrics  •  Finance  •  Macroeconomics; Monetary  •  Microeconomics  •  Behavioral Economics  •  Computational Economics  •  Statistics
13 Nov 2019
2 Dec 2019
12 Nov 2020
12 Nov 2020

Magyar Nemzeti Bank (MNB) & the MNB Department at Corvinus University of Budapest open joint (half-half) researcher position

 I. About the position and job qualifications:

We are looking for excellent experienced, newly qualified, or last year PhDs in economics or related fields, who have a strong background in quantitative methods and/or central banking and/or finance, to contribute to our academic output (both regarding research and teaching) and willing to publish in the leading journals in banking, finance, data science, economics, and econometrics.

Successful candidates are mainly expected: 

  • to engage in high-quality academic research, 
  • to teach in the University’s master program on central banking, while maintaining a low teaching load
  • Also, they may occasionally be requested to do policy-oriented research or
  • provide technical assistance in the Central Bank. 

Applications from candidates working with micro data are also encouraged, as the MNB has an outstanding research environment, with access to many exclusive micro-level data sets. The MNB jointly with the Department is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive salaries and benefits

II. Application procedure: 

Knowledge of Hungarian is preferred but not required. Applications will be accepted online through To apply, please upload 1) a cover letter, 2) CV with a list of publications, 3) copy of at least one recent research paper, and 4) three letters of reference. Application deadline for the candidates of the European Job Market and the ASSA meetings2 December 2019. Selected applicants will be interviewed at the European Job Market for Economists in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on December 18-19, 2019 and at the ASSA meetings in San Diego, CA, January 3-5, 2020 or at another mutually convenient place. 

III. About the employer:

The Magyar Nemzeti Bank (Central Bank of Hungary) established the MNB Department at Corvinus University of Budapest in 2015 to enhance the reputation of the University as a world-class teaching and research institution. To achieve this goal, the Head of the MNB Department has both academic and professional experience. Besides his academic roles, he is also the Head of the Directorate for International Monetary Policy Analysis and Training of Economic Sciences at the Central Bank of Hungary. The institutional presence of the central bank gives an excellent research opportunity with unique data sets available.

The Department also consists of faculty members with outstanding professional experience (e.g., IMF, ECB, Bank of England, MNB) and with PhDs from top schools (e.g., from France, Netherlands, and Spain). Information on the members and lecturers of the Department may be found here in Hungarian.

IFurthermore, the MNB Department launched a unique lecture series, the Economania with internationally renowned experts, whose articles and interviews may be found on the Department’s blog in English.

1 As for the MNB, please see the list of MNB researches published in international journals on this link.


* For further information, please feel free to e-mail us at, Cc: Ms Katalin Juhász at

! In case you are interested in research positions in the MNB & the MNB Department, even after the Job markets), please do not hesitate to contact us via our contacts mentioned above, as we may have further open positions in 2020.


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Location of job: Magyar Nemzeti Bank HQ: 9 Szabadság tér, Budapest, 1054, AND, Magyar Nemzeti Bank Department at Corvinus University: 8 Fővám tér, Budapest, Hungary, 1093, Hungary (map)
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: Continuing/permanent
Letters of reference required: 3

St. Louis, United States  •  map
Starts 2021-06-01.
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis www
Research Assistant  •  Research Assistant (Pre-Doc)
Any field
23 Aug 2020
1 Oct 2020
6 Nov 2020
6 Nov 2020

The St. Louis Fed hires several Research Associates each year. We begin accepting applications in September 2020, hold interviews in October and November, and extend offers on a rolling basis for start dates in the Spring/Summer of 2021.

Visit for a detailed overview of the RA position.

What are the day-to-day activities?

  • Perform statistical, econometric, computational and analytical research that economists can use for publication in academic journals.
  • Utilize statistical packages such as Stata, SAS, R, Matlab, Fortran, Python and C++.
  • Collect, organize and interpret economic and financial data.
  • Review academic journals, market sources and government reports.
  • Write short articles or assist economists in developing short articles and presentations on current economic and financial conditions and policy issues.
  • Attend to additional assignments, including gathering and organizing survey data and anecdotal information and summarizing economic data for the Beige Book.


  • A GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Bachelor’s degree economics, econometrics, or quantitative economics
  • Strong background in mathematics and statistics, including coursework in Calculus II, Econometrics, Linear Algebra, and Differential equations
  • Previous economic research experience, such as undergraduate research assistant, research-related internship or independent research project.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit the documents requested below:

NOTE: Applications will not be considered without all of these materials.

For questions or concerns, contact:

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Location of job: 1 Federal Reserve Bank Plaza, St. Louis, MO, 63105, United States (map)
Degree required: Bachelors
Job start date: 2021-06-01
Job duration: Continuing/permanent
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting October, 2020.

Leipzig, Germany  •  map
Starts 2020-10-01. Duration: 3 years
Erik Hille www
HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management www
Research Assistant  •  Research Assistant (Pre-Doc)
Environmental; Ag. Econ.  •  International Trade
24 Jul 2020
22 Aug 2020
1 Nov 2020

HHL is a university-level institution and ranks among the leading international business schools. HHL is the oldest institute for higher education in business in the German-speaking world and is accredited by AACSB International. Its goal is to educate effective, responsible, and entrepreneurial business leaders through excellence in research, teaching and practice. HHL stands out as an entrepreneurial institution with its clear research focus, its outstanding teaching and its effective knowledge transfer into practice, as well as in the exceptional service for students.

The Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Chair of Macroeconomics
is searching for a new
Research Associate in Economics (m/f/d)
to join our team at the earliest date possible, preferably from October 2020 onwards.
(Full-time position, 40 hours a week, 3 years fixed-term contract, opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree)

About us:

The Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Chair of Macroeconomics consists of a committed team, pursuing a wide variety of research and teaching activities. Our research is focused primarily at the intersection of environmental economics, international trade and competitiveness, analyzing issues such as the effects of environmental policies on trade flows, innovation activity, and labor markets. In our classes, we aim to provide students with a thorough understanding of the principles and models of economic reasoning in the fields of macroeconomics, international economics, and competitiveness. Moreover, we teach classes on statistical methods to facilitate the empirical application of this knowledge.

Your tasks and doctoral studies:

During your time at the chair, you will contribute to both research and teaching activities. On the one hand, you will participate in empirical research projects, and prepare high-quality academic and practice-orientated publications. On the other hand, you will support the preparation of lectures and supervise students with their master's thesis and practical projects. In conjunction with the position, you will be given the opportunity to pursue a doctorate. As part of HHL’s doctoral program, you will meet students from all over the world with diverse experience in both academia and business practice, and become part of the global network.

Your profile:

We are looking for a candidate with an above-average university degree in economics (or a related field), who is dedicated and proactive, has a keen interest in scientific work, and is comfortable with applying quantitative methods. Ideally, your main interest is in environmental or climate economics as well as fields related to competitiveness. Knowledge in macroeconomics and international economics will be an asset when supporting the teaching activities. While you are fluent in English, knowledge of German is desirable but not essential.

We offer you, among other things, a professional and inspiring work environment as well as close integration into research networks and transfer projects. We are looking forward to receiving your application (Cover letter, CV, academic transcripts, and, if possible, an example of a prior academic paper), which we request you to send via e-mail to until August 22, 2020.

For content-related inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Althammer. Further information are available at

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Althammer
Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Chair of Macroeconomics
Jahnallee 59 - 04109 Leipzig - Germany
Tel.: +49 341 9851-871 / E-Mail:

To apply, send a message to (See posting for details.)

Location of job: Jahnallee 59, Leipzig, 04109, Germany (map)
Degree required: Bachelors
Job start date: 2020-10-01
Job duration: 3 years

Cambridge, United States  •  map
Starts 2021-06-14. Duration: 25 months
National Bureau of Economic Research www
Research Assistant  •  Research Assistant (Pre-Doc)
Behavioral Economics
10 Sep 2020
15 Oct 2020
15 Oct 2020

FullTime Economics Term Research Assistant

Job Description (Laibson/Madrian/Choi/Beshears)


Economics professors David Laibson (Harvard University), Brigitte Madrian (Brigham Young University), James Choi (Yale University), and John Beshears (Harvard Business School) are hiring a full‐time research assistant to start work in mid-June 2021. This position will last until mid-July 2022 or mid-July 2023 and will involve work on theoretical and empirical research related to behavioral economics, decision making, savings, and health behaviors. The research uses field data, experimental data, and hybrid field experiments.


For examples of our research, see our faculty pages:


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Performing statistical analyses on large databases
  2. Designing and running experiments
  3. Programming simulations of theoretical models
  4. Proving theoretical results



  1. Bachelor’s degree by start date (required)
  2. Strong programming and quantitative skills, including coursework in multivariable calculus, matrix algebra, probability, and statistics (required)
  3. Previous experience estimating econometric models (strongly preferred)
  4. Interest in applying to a quantitative PhD program and pursuing an academic career (strongly preferred)

We prefer research assistants who want to become professional economists, but we're interested in future PhDs in any quantitative field. Our past full‐time RAs have enrolled in the following PhD programs: Harvard economics (13), Harvard business economics (5), Harvard public policy (1), MIT economics (8), MIT operations research (1), Princeton economics (1), University of Chicago GSB – finance (2), University of Chicago GSB – economics (2), University of Chicago history (1), UC Berkeley economics (1), Yale economics (1), and Columbia economics (1)


Application Process:

  1. Submit a single PDF containing your (1) cover letter, describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, (2) resume, and (3) unofficial transcript using the link above. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
  2. Qualified applicants will be invited to complete a data analysis task to demonstrate quantitative and programming proficiency.
  3. Highly-qualified applicants will be invited to interview with our team and provide up to 3 references.


Visa sponsorship is available.



Wage – $56,500                                                                     

Location – Cambridge, MA

Start Date – 6/14/2021 (negotiable)





Founded in 1920, the National Bureau of Economic Research is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. The NBER is committed to undertaking and disseminating unbiased economic research among public policymakers, business professionals, and the academic community. The NBER is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability. The NBER will make reasonable accommodation for any disabled applicant, and will provide assistance to disabled applicants as needed during the application process.

To apply, visit (See posting for details.)

Location of job: 1050 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States (map)
Degree required: Bachelors
Job start date: 2021-06-14
Job duration: 25 months
Letters of reference required: 3
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video

Job can be done remotely
Flexible start date. Duration: 6 months
Milena Almagro www
University of Chicago www
Research Assistant
Various fields
Industrial Organization  •  International Trade  •  Urban; Rural; Regional Economics
11 Jul 2020
1 Oct 2020
1 Oct 2020

Milena Almagro, a prospective faculty member in Chicago Booth's Microeconomics group is seeking to hire students for part-time research assistance. The work would relate to research described at The position is projected to require 5-10 hours per week through the end of the calendar year.

Potential hires should be fluent in Dutch, as they will be expected to work with data from the Netherlands, and proficient in Stata. Examples of such data that are publicly available can be found at Candidates will be expected to work with restricted access census microdata from the Netherlands ( at later stages of the project. Notions of the institutional setting in the Netherlands (housing, education, immigration, etc.) and/or of any programming language such as Julia or Matlab will be positively valued, but are by no means necessary. Candidates who can legally work in the US will have priority.

Ideally, candidates should be interested in urban economics, spatial economics, trade/economic geography, public policy, or empirical industrial organization. If interested, please email your CV and a short note describing your research interests to

To apply, send a message to (See posting for details.)

Location of job: Job can be done remotely.
Degree required: None
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: 6 months

* The date by which applications should be submitted to be given full consideration by the recruiter (e.g. the date the recruiter will start reviewing applications and selecting candidates for interview).