Research Associate

Job Description

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College is seeking a full time Research Associate. The Center was created through a grant from the Social Security Administration to promote research on retirement issues and transmit the findings to policy makers, the research community, and the public. The Research Associate will be directly involved in the various research activities at the Center. This involves contributing to research papers, producing descriptive statistics, drafting research summaries, helping prepare presentations and responding to informational queries. The Research Associate will work under the direction of the Center Director and the senior research staff. The Research Associate will also assist in the day-to-day assignments of student research assistants.

Competitive salary commensurate with relevant experience.

Requirements

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s or a master’s degree, preferably in economics or finance, with exposure to retirement issues, labor economics, and/or health economics. The Center is looking for someone who is well organized and detail oriented, has strong research and analytical skills, as well as strong writing and communication skills. Experience working with micro data and some knowledge of econometrics and statistical packages, such as SAS or STATA is valuable. Experience programming in Python and Matlab would be a plus.

How to Apply

Please apply through the Boston College website.

Data Specialist

Job Description

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College is seeking a Data Specialist to assist with data collection and quality control. This is an entry-level position with significant opportunity to learn new skills.

As an entry-level Data Specialist, you will join a dedicated data team charged with collecting timely and error-free data for the Public Plans Database (PPD) – a nationally recognized repository of key information on the major state and local pension systems in the U.S. The Data Specialist will be directly involved in data collection and management of the PPD website. Additionally, the Data Specialist will be expected to develop their skills in Excel and WordPress. Proficiency with these programs is not required, but motivation and interest to learn them (and potentially other programs) are key to succeeding in the role. Recent graduates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Under the direction of the Director of State and Local Research, the Data Specialist will:

  • Contact public pension administrators by email and phone to obtain financial reports
  • Extract key information on public pension plans from financial reports and input into Excel
  • Conduct data quality control measures using Excel and manual review
  • Upload and manage data on the PPD website using WordPress
  • Triage data requests and other communications made through the PPD website
  • Assist CRR researchers with miscellaneous data requests as-needed
  • Occasionally post updates and communications to the PPD social media account

 
Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a social science
  • Coursework in statistics, finance, and/or economics
  • Demonstrated interest in learning about public policy or finance
  • Strong communication and organizational skills, with some analytic/quantitative aptitude
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel and/or GoogleSheets
  • Motivation to learn website management (WordPress)

 
How to Apply

Please apply through the Boston College website.

Research Economist

Job Description

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College (CRR) is seeking a full-time Research Economist with a Ph.D. in economics or public policy to study the economics of aging. The ideal candidate will be specialized in any of the following: labor economics; public economics; lifecycle modeling; or health policy for the older population. Candidates must have familiarity with U.S. domestic policy.

The CRR was established in 1998 through a grant from the U.S. Social Security Administration and remains entirely grant funded. Its mission is to produce first-class research and forge a strong link between the academic community and decision-makers in the public and private sectors.

The Research Economist will produce academic papers and other written products, and mentor research associates. In collaboration with other researchers at the CRR, the Research Economist will also develop grant proposals to attract funding from government, corporate, and foundation sources.

How to Apply

Please send crr@bc.edu a cover letter, CV, and writing sample if you are interested in applying.