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Predoctoral Research Fellow, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy

Professors Will Dobbie (Harvard Kennedy School), Peter Hull (Brown University), and David Arnold (UC San Diego) are recruiting one full-time predoctoral research fellow to start in summer 2022. The fellow will support and collaborate on a series of interdisciplinary projects related to race, discrimination, algorithmic bias, machine learning, and the criminal justice system, among other topics. The successful applicant will receive mentoring from faculty within a tight-knit research community at the Wiener Center and access to a broad range of activities at Harvard. Additionally, there may be opportunities to travel to project locations to support field research activities. P

The Fellow position is based in Cambridge, MA at the Harvard Kennedy School. The appointment term for the Fellow is for one year with the strong potential for a second year renewal. Preference will be given to applicants who have availability to work for two years.


Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Economics, Public Policy, Statistics, or related field requiring
substantial quantitative coursework

Prior experience as a research assistant or fellow in the fields of Public Policy or Economics

Proficiency programming in Stata

Strong academic record

Strong interest in public policy and economics research

Excellent command of Microsoft Office suite (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
Strong written and oral communication skills


Graduate-level coursework in Economics and Econometrics

Familiarity with machine learning methods

Proficiency programming in R, Python, and MATLAB

Proficiency in LaTeX


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