Job Opportunity: Staff Associate at the Columbia Population Research Center

June 10, 2016


Minimum Qualifications (All applicants MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered for the position):

  • Master's degree in Social Work or related field such as psychology, sociology, and economics.
  • Graduate coursework in quantitative research required with prior experience and work with Stata Statistical Software.
  • Candidate must have prior 1 year of relevant research experience, especially relating to poverty and social policy; in addition to a familiarity with issues impacting low income New Yorkers. Facility with Stata statistical programing is also required.
  • Excellent organizational skills, interpersonal and written communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to interact with a broad constituency is mandatory.
  • Ability to write in an academic style using APA standards, and the skill to translate (and write) these findings for a general audience.
  • Ability to accurately meet time sensitive deadlines while working on multiple, concurrent projects with minimum supervision, in a virtual work environment required.
  • Capacity to prioritize projects and demands.
  • Demonstrated tact, discretion, diplomacy, and professionalism and a strong customer service orientation required.


The CPRC is hiring a Staff Associate to provide strong research, technical, and administrative support for the studies of poverty and family wellbeing under the guidance of the PIs and Project Director. He/she will work closely with internal and many external stakeholders, including researchers, the offices of sponsored research, administration, finance, and project sponsors.

Quantitative Research: Using experience and knowledge of Stata and nationally and locally representative, longitudinal datasets, the Staff Associate will, under the supervision of the PIs and Project Director, extract data from the New York City Longitudinal Study of Wellbeing, and associated datasets, and generate variables for quantitative studies, assist in estimating empirical models, hypothesis testing, interpretation of results, format output tables, and drafting reports of research findings based upon estimation results. (60%)

Technical Writing Skills: Using experience and knowledge of research methods and academic writing, the Staff Associate will, under the supervision of the PIs and Project Director, be responsible for providing general research assistance, writing literature reviews for journal articles, and writing research briefs for nonacademic audiences. (20%)

Project Management: Under the supervision of the PIs and Project Director, the Staff Associate will assist in administering project procedures for sample management for the New York City Longitudinal Study of Wellbeing. The Staff Associate will be responsible for developing Stata routines to facilitate sample management, and other project administration tasks as required. (20%)


All candidates must submit a cover letter and resume and apply through Columbia University’s RAPS online employment application system under Requisition # 0006720: