Graduate Research Assistants
The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy seeks NYU graduate and law students to work as research assistants (RAs). The Furman Center is a joint center of the New York University School of Law and Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service that advances research and debate on housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy.
For fall 2014, we are currently hiring RAs with any one of the following skill sets: GIS, data analysis, policy/communications, and legal research.
RAs may work on a wide variety of projects throughout the year. These projects may include policy and communications work, data analysis, web development, or event planning. RAs additionally participate in brainstorming sessions and have access to informal and formal extracurricular training opportunities and networking. Ideal candidates possess a high level of ability in one or more of the below skill sets and exhibit an interest in or passion for urban policy, housing, and/or land use issues. Newly-hired RAs must commit approximately 10-20 hours per week during the school year.
To apply, NYU graduate students should send the following three items:
- Current resume
- Cover letter
- Academic transcripts for undergraduate and past graduate degree work (unofficial copies of the transcript are acceptable)
Email these three documents as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “RA Application”.
While not required, the strongest applications include supporting documentation of one or more of the below skill sets. To be considered for opportunities in policy analysis, please include a writing sample. To be considered for opportunities in communications or data visualization, please include links to past work.
We particularly seek research assistants with the following skill sets:
- GIS and spatial analytics
- Programming experience in R, SQL, Python, Ruby, or Perl
- Microsoft Excel
- Adobe Creative Suite
- Data visualization technologies and fusion tables
- PowerPoint and presentation development
- Research and policy analysis
- Legal research skills
- Strong writing skills
- Event planning and coordination
Please highlight in your resume or cover letter which skills you are prepared to offer, as well as your degree of proficiency in each.
Post-doctoral Research Fellow
The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University invites applications for a post-doctoral research position. The Furman Center, jointly housed at NYU’s School of Law and its Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, is a leading academic research center devoted to the public policy aspects of land use, real estate development and housing. Research Fellows’ time is shared equally between independent research on topics of their choice and Furman Center projects, conducted jointly with faculty members, graduate students and staff. Recent projects have addressed such topics as the consequences of mortgage foreclosures, the effects of inclusionary zoning, the impact of housing vouchers on crime, and the motives driving the decisions of higher income households to move into relatively low-income neighborhoods. Fellowships typically last two years and may begin as early as summer 2015.
Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Economics, Statistics, or other quantitative social science discipline; experience working with large data sets; strong econometrics skills; strong oral and written communications skills; strong skills in programming for data analysis (such as in Stata or SAS), and the ability to work as part of a team and to meet deadlines. Interest in housing, real estate or local public finance and knowledge of GIS are pluses.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and 3 reference letters. Review of applications will begin immediately. Candidates of interest only will be contacted.
To apply: Application materials and questions should be sent to email@example.com. Please include “Post-Doc Research Position” in the subject line.