An empirical research project manager is needed to assist Principal Investigator and Stanford Law School faculty member John Donohue (J.D. from Harvard Law School, Ph.D. in economics from Yale and Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research) with the implementation of an impact evaluation study, which will likely include both a randomized experiment and a quasi-experimental component. The study aims to understand the causal effect of the Collaborative Defense Model on the uptake of public benefits and community-based services by clients using the services of the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office. This research is being conducted in collaboration with the national nonprofit organization Partners for Justice. Time allowing, the research manager will also be permitted to pursue independent research projects and participate in the vibrant empirical research community at both the law school and across Stanford University.
Part-time or Full-time, starting Fall 2023. The position will last for two years. This position is hybrid-eligible.
Job responsibilities will involve day-to-day management of the research project, including:
Ensuring informed consent is properly obtained from participants and managing all other aspects of Institutional Review Board protocol
Organizing assignment of participants to treatment and control status in collaboration with external nonprofit and government partners
Obtaining and cleaning administrative data
Analyzing experimental results
Monitoring and mitigating threats to identification, including non-compliance and attrition
Building and maintaining relationships with external partners
Managing the budget
Exercise independent initiative and judgment gained from completing a variety of high level assignments, including activities such as defining variables, formulating hypotheses, and selecting subjects, sources of information, or planning and coordinating experimental protocols.
Adapt or work out the details of new, nonstandard procedures, with the supervisor providing only general guidance and suggestions.
Interpret, synthesize, and analyze data using scientific or statistical techniques.
Solve problems, and make decisions which affect the direction of the research and result in independent contributions to the overall project.
Select and apply standard calculations and formulas independently to compile data or process documents; often serve as a resource for research methods and numerical analyses.
Co-author sections of research publications and regulatory reports as needed.
Supervise staff or students as needed, including oversight and instruction on techniques, as well as consultation on project work.
A Ph.D. in a quantitative discipline (e.g. economics, political science, sociology, public policy, statistics, or applied math) earned within the last three years is strongly preferred, but those with substantial experience conducting large randomized experiments and an undergraduate or master's degree in a related field will also be considered.
Familiarity with randomized control trial design and implementation
Track record of productive research
Strong understanding of causal inference/econometrics
Programming experience in R, Stata, or Python
Prior research experience and coursework in the empirical social sciences
Comprehensive understanding of scientific theory and methods.
General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.
Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.
Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
The expected pay for this position is $73,000 - $92,000 per annum.
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