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Predoctoral Research Assistant

Term Position for Academic Year 2022 - 2023
Job Title: Senior Research Specialist I (full-time)
SPIA-Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance
Start Date: Summer 2022

Apply now: bit.ly/jrcppf-ra-2021

The Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance based in Princeton’s School of Public & International affairs promotes research and teaching at the intersection of finance, macroeconomics, and policy under its director Prof. Atif Mian. We seek to hire talented and motivated predoctoral research specialists to assist economics and finance faculty working at the center.

The position involves empirical analysis (including more sophisticated statistical modeling) and could also involve theoretical work including coding of model simulations. The position is structured to help individuals prepare for their Ph.D. and gain valuable research experience. In addition to working closely with faculty, senior research specialists participate in the vibrant academic life of Princeton University, including auditing classes, attending seminars, and interacting with undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at the Center.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Applied Math, Computer Science, or significant advanced coursework in these areas
  • Knowledge of statistics/econometrics
  • Some demonstration of independent analytical thinking, e.g. course paper, undergraduate thesis, or independent research work.
  • Experience with statistical programming such as  STATA and/or R


  • Excellent analytical, empirical, research and writing skills
  • Experience coding in R, Python, or Matlab
  • Experience with LaTex, Unix/Linux

This position is ideal for graduating seniors or master’s degree students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics or Finance. Previous research specialists have gone on to top Ph.D. programs including at Stanford, MIT, Northwestern, London School of Economics, Columbia, NYU, Barcelona GSE, and U. of Maryland.

This is typically a two-year position with renewal after the first year. The start date is summer 2022, or soon thereafter. The position is based in Princeton, NJ. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and as such we encourage applicants to apply early. Short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview. Selected candidates will be required to successfully pass a background check.

Candidates should upload the following to the "Other Documents" field during the application process:

  • Cover letter and resume
  • List of three references
  • Transcripts from all previous academic programs
  • A research paper in economics or finance (undergrad thesis, term paper, etc.)
  • Sample of code (ideally for same paper)

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply. As a Center within Princeton's School of Public and International Affairs, we believe that it is vital to cultivate an environment that embraces and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion—fundamental to the success of our education and research mission. This commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment and hiring as we actively seek colleagues of exceptional ability who represent a broad range of viewpoints, experiences, and value systems, and who share Princeton University's dedication to excellence.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Appointment for Academic Year 2022 - 2023
Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department: SPIA-Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance
Target Start Date: Summer 2022 (no later than September 1, 2022)

Apply now: bit.ly/jrcppf-postdoc

We seek outstanding candidates for a postdoctoral research associate position starting September 1, 2022. The primary criterion is the quality of the applicant's research on the linkages between finance and macroeconomics broadly. The candidate's work may use empirical or theoretical methods to address important policy questions. The position provides an outstanding opportunity for independent research as well as opportunities for collaboration with Princeton faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. There are no teaching obligations.

Postdoctoral research associates are expected to participate actively in the intellectual activities of Princeton University. Applicants must have received a Ph.D., preferably within the last 2 years (or expected by September 2022). This is a 12-month term appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent on satisfactory performance and funding.

All candidates with relevant research interests are encouraged to apply. A cover letter, C.V., 1-2 research papers, and three reference letters are required. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

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