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Thank you for your interest in Opportunity Insights.

Having a diverse and inclusive team is critical both for the quality of our work and for our commitment to advancing equity of opportunities, so we strongly encourage applications from those historically under-represented in economics (women, LGBTQ, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, first-generation, and low-income students, among others).

 

Research Team and Fellowship Programs

Our research team includes faculty members at Harvard University and other academic institutions as well as pre-doctoral fellows.

Our two-year pre-doctoral fellowship program is intended for students who have just completed a bachelor’s or Master’s degree and are planning to pursue graduate school. Working alongside faculty members, fellows develop skills that prepare them for graduate school such as analyzing data, developing statistical models, creating presentations, and writing research papers. Our team-oriented lab environment is a bridge between college and graduate school for students interested in empirical economics, and most previous fellows have gone on to top Ph.D. programs. (Visit the ‘Alumni” section of our ‘Team page to read more.)

You can find the slides from our informational session on the OI predoc program held on October 1, 2020 here.

You can find the slides from our informational session about careers in social science and economics held on June 8, 2021 here.

For more general information on applying to pre-doctoral and RA positions in Economics, Predoc.org is a good resource. Their website includes information on preparing for data tasks

 

Announcement: We will be hosting an informational zoom session on Tuesday, June 8 at 2:00 pm directed towards students who are interested in learning more about career paths in the social sciences and in economics more specifically.  During the session, we will give a broad overview of what careers in social sciences can look like with a more in-depth look at steps to take during your college years if you’re thinking of a career in Economics, including what classes to take and how to find a mentor.  We will also talk about OI’s work in particular, and we will follow the presentation with small-group Q&A sessions led by current OI predocs. Students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds (women, LGBTQ, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, first-generation, and low-income students, among others) are particularly encouraged to attend. To sign up, please register here. 

 

OI Pre-Doc Program Informational Session: We will be hosting an informational zoom session about the Opportunity Insights pre-doctoral program on Wednesday, September 8 @ 3:30pm EST. In this session, we will give a broad overview of OI’s research and a more in-depth look at the work of the predocs, in addition to sharing helpful tips about the hiring process at OI. The webinar will be followed by a Q&A session with current predocs.

Having a diverse and inclusive team is critical both for the quality of our work and for our commitment to advancing equity of opportunities, so we strongly encourage applications from those historically under-represented in economics (women, LGBTQ, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, first-generation, and low-income students, among others). To sign up, please register here.

 

OI Data Exercise Workshop: We will be hosting a data exercise workshop on Friday, October 1 at 3:00 pm directed towards students who are interested in applying to predoctoral/research assistant positions in the social sciences and economics more specifically. During the workshop, which will be led by current Predoctoral Fellows at Opportunity Insights, we will guide students through a sample data exercise, a common component of the application process for these positions. We hope to contribute to a more diverse and inclusive social science profession by lowering the barriers that many future scholars face when starting their research careers. Students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds (women, LGBTQ, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, first-generation, and low-income students, among others) are particularly encouraged to attend. To sign up, please register here.

 

Open Positions:

Data Engineer

We are hiring a full-time Data Engineer on a 12-month contract starting in summer 2021. The Data Engineer will be responsible for the technical operation of the Opportunity Insights Economic Tracker. This person will report to the Principal Investigators and work closely with the research team, web developers, and other OI staff to support the ongoing operation, continued expansion, and both internal and external usage of the OI Economic Tracker.

We will begin reviewing applications on May 21, 2021, and on a rolling basis there after.

 

Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.