Student Research Assistant

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Position type: Hourly
Campus: UMass President's Office
Department: UMDI - Economic&Pub Policy Res
Categories: Donahue Institute
Advertised: Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

Primary Work Location:

100 Venture Way, Suite 9, Hadley, MA  01035

Normal Work Schedule:

This is a full-time position (35-40 hours/week preferred) over the Summer of 2019 and a part-time position (15-20 hours/week preferred) over the Fall semester of 2019 and the Spring semester of 2020, with the opportunity for work over the 2019-2020 Winter break.

Job Summary:

The UMass Donahue Institute is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Student Research Assistant in the Institute’s Economic and Public Policy Research Unit (EPPR). EPPR produces industry analyses, regional economic studies and public policy reports on topics of interest to policymakers in government, business, and academia. Student Research Assistants support the work of the unit through quantitative and qualitative research, economic and demographic data analysis, creating data visualizations, performing literature reviews, assisting with surveys, and other research tasks as needed. Depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant, the position may entail writing duties and some independent project tasks. Typically, Student Research Assistants work under the direction of a project manager and/or Senior Research Managers or Research Analysts. Student Research Assistants may be able to receive academic credit through their academic departments for their work at the UMass Donahue Institute.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist with data analysis, data cleaning and auditing;
  • Assist with quantitative and qualitative method research;
  • Prepare charts and tables, memoranda;
  • Assist with writing sections of reports;
  • Assist with surveys, key informant interviews, focus groups, and literature reviews.

Other Functions:

  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience):

  • Undergraduate student;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in professional office software, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop charts and tables;
  • Interest in the topics of economics and public policy in Massachusetts.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience):

  • Students with majors in Economics, Geography, Regional Planning, Resource Economics, Public Policy, or related disciplines;
  • Completion of statistics course and/or research methods course, with an introduction to statistical software such as Stata, SPSS, or SAS;
  • Familiarity with Access, ArcGIS, or other database software.

Working Conditions:

  • Multiple hours in stationary position, using office equipment and computers, attending meetings, working closely and collaboratively with others.
  • This position requires strong attention to detail, high levels of accuracy and organizations, and the necessity to meet deadlines.
  • Environment is a busy, open office area resulting in multiple interruptions and requests for assistance.
  • The physical/mental demands and work environment factors described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Additional Details:

  • This position is funded by grants and/or contracts, and is contingent upon funding;
  • Potential candidates will not be contacted for interviews until after the posting closes;
  • Any job offer within the President's Office is specifically conditioned upon the potential candidate consenting to and successfully completing a background review;
  • More than one Student Research Assistant will be hired;
  • Pay rate $12.00/hour.

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