Massachusetts Institute of Technology Technical Associate I in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Job Description

TECHNICAL ASSOCIATE I, Economics, to support Professor Heidi Williams. The position entails close collaboration and providing assistance with all stages of various empirical research projects analyzing the causes and consequences of technological change. Examples of recent research projects is available at,, and

This position is ideal for candidates who would like to develop their empirical research skills in preparation for applying to Ph.D. programs in economics or related fields.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: bachelor’s degree in math, economics, statistics, or computer science; two years of experience, which may be gained as an undergraduate through an internship or other work; proven ability to anticipate, plan, prioritize, and meet tight deadlines; and demonstrated ability to efficiently organize and manage a high volume of work and self-manage a time-sensitive workflow while maintaining high quality output and accuracy with details. Seeking an individual who has a long-term interest in pursuing research related to economics, health policy, and/or innovation policy, but a background in these areas is not strictly necessary. Preference will be given to detail-oriented applicants with programming experience, particularly related to working with large datasets in software such as Stata and SAS. Experience with a general-purpose programming language such as Python is desirable. Job #14973

Salary: $47,500

Please submit a single PDF file---via the resume upload section of the application--which includes a cover letter, a current CV, and an unofficial transcript. The cover letter should describe your interest in this position, familiarity with programming languages (e.g., Stata, SAS, Python, Perl), prior experience as a research assistant and/or with independent research projects (e.g., a thesis or other research project), and the names and email addresses of two or three references.

This is a full-time position, for at least one year, beginning in the summer or fall of 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.


MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

Job Number: 14973

Functional Area: Research - Other

Department: Economics

School Area: Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Employment Type: Full-Time

Employment Category: Exempt

Visa Sponsorship Available: No