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 2022. 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 Joint Center’s research products, communications, events, and other activities.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- Candidate must have employment eligibility to work in the United States.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Bachelors degree required. 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.
The Harvard Graduate School of Design is passionate about fostering a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment. Applicants of all race, ability, gender expression and identity, sexuality, religion, education, class, national origin, and diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Until our return to campus and full operational status, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will take place in a modified manner – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work.
A cover letter along with a resume are required. Work samples are welcome. We regret that Harvard University cannot sponsor a work VISA. Candidates must have authorization to work in the United States now and in the future.