Research Associate

Job Description

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College is seeking a Research Associate to assist with analysis and research. This is an entry-level position with significant opportunity to learn new skills.

As an entry-level Research Associate, you will investigate state and local government finances and pensions, contribute to the production of research publications on retirement issues of national importance, and support 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 US. At times, the Research Associate will be directly involved in collection and validation of PPD data, as well as management of the PPD website. The position will involve regular use of Excel, Stata, and WordPress. Proficiency with these programs is not required, but the motivation and ability to learn them (and potentially other programs) quickly 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 Research Associate will:

  • Perform exploratory research on state-local government finances and pensions
  • Use Excel and Stata to analyze data collected from publicly available financial reports
  • Create and format figures and tables for research publications
  • Collect PPD data and conduct quality control using Excel, Stata, and manual review
  • Upload and manage data on the PPD website using WordPress.

 

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a social science
  • Coursework in statistics, finance and/or economics
  • Demonstrated interest in learning about public policy and/or finance
  • Strong communication, analytic/quantitative, and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel and/or Google Sheets
  • Motivation to learn statistical programming (Stata) and website management (WordPress), but existing proficiency with these programs not required

 

How to Apply

Complete the online application here.