Research Associate

Montana State University

United States

August 3, 2021


Position Details Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21378

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Carly Urban at: (406) 994-2005 or

Classification Title Research Professional Working Title Research Associate Brief Position Overview

Conduct data-driven research projects in economics under the supervision of faculty in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics.

Position Number 4C0293 Department Agricultural Economics & Economics Division College of Agriculture/MAES Appointment Type Professional Contract Term Fiscal Year Semester If other, specify From date If other, specify End date FLSA Exempt Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining FTE 1.0 Benefits Eligible Eligible Salary $42,000-$46,000 depending on experience level. Contract Type LOA If other, please specify Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics (DAEE) at Montana State University is seeking to appoint one full-time research associate to support multiple empirical research projects in economics. The research associate will work closely with Professors Carly Urban, Justin Gallagher, and Nick Hagerty and become involved in all stages of research. Research projects will be in the following areas:

  • Career and technical education and personal financial education in high schools. (Urban)
  • Environmental risk and public finance – studying the government's role in communicating and mitigating risk, the decisions individuals make when faced with environmental risk, and the impact of environmental risk on victims who are exposed to an adverse event. (Gallagher)
  • Natural resource and agricultural economics – studying the impacts of climate change, water scarcity, groundwater regulation, and water pollution to agriculture and land use, and how producers adapt to these changes. (Hagerty)
  • The position will be based in Bozeman, Montana, though remote work can be negotiated. If in residence, the research associate will have the opportunity to attend seminars, meet with speakers, and network with other faculty in the department. Previous Research Associates in the DAEE have been successful in securing admissions in prestigious Economics PhD programs (e.g., the University of Chicago Harris School, University of Colorado Boulder), as well as jobs in data science.

    The position runs for one year (June 15-June 15), but reappointment for a second year may be possible, depending on funding.

    Duties and Responsibilities

  • Clean, process, and analyze data using Stata and R.
  • Download and prepare data using R, Python, and ArcGIS.
  • Create visual displays of data in the form of figures, tables, and maps.
  • Find and synthesize information on the details of public policies and institutions.
  • Read and summarize published economics papers.
  • Assist in training and managing part-time undergraduate research assistants.
  • Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor's degree in Economics or another relevant subject area (such as applied math, statistics, computer science, or public policy).
  • Demonstrated experience using Stata to clean and analyze data.
  • Demonstrated experience programming in a language such as R, Python, or Java.
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency in either Stata or R.
  • Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Master's degree in Economics or another relevant subject area.
  • 1-2 years of experience working with data.
  • Advanced proficiency in Stata and/or R.
  • Experience with all listed software: Stata, R, Python, and ArcGIS.
  • Interest in gaining skills with the goal of pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics or a related field.
  • The Successful Candidate Will

  • Excellent quantitative and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work and problem-solve independently while balancing multiple tasks.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, in order to clearly articulate economic arguments and statistical results.
  • Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

    We especially encourage applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

    This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University's rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

    Physical Demands

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

    This position has supervisory duties? No

    Number of Vacancies 1

    Desired Start Date 8/15/2021-8/15/2022 Position End Date (if temporary) Open Date Close Date Applications will be:

    Screening of applications will begin on 08/03/2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

    Special Instructions

    To apply, please upload to your application:

  • Resume
  • A cover letter outlining how you meet each individual required and preferred qualification.
  • Writing sample (could include a research paper or an undergraduate or master's thesis)
  • Coding sample (one script you wrote yourself, in either Stata or R) use “other” section in applicant documents
  • Diversity Statement

    Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

    Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual's race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran's status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University's mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

    Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant's ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee's ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

    In compliance with the Montana Veteran's Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran's preference please complete the veteran's preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

    MSU's Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: https:// www. .

    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
  • Other - Please see Special Instructions Summary
  • Writing Sample(s)
  • Optional Documents

    Supplemental Questions

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