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.
Legal Research Fellowship
The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University invites applications for a post-graduate legal fellowship. 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. The Furman Center’s law fellowships are designed for promising legal scholars with a strong interest in housing, local government, real estate, or land use law. The Fellow’s time is shared equally between independent research on topics of his or her choice and preparation to enter the academic job market, and Furman Center research 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, and the impact of housing vouchers on crime. The Fellow also helps produce the Center’s annual State of New York City’s Housing and Neighborhoods report. The Law Fellow is invited to participate in faculty workshops, colloquia, and other scholarly forums at the NYU School of Law, and will have the opportunity to work with NYU law school professors and particularly with those who serve on the Center’s Advisory Committee. This two-year fellowship typically begins summer/fall. The position comes with a salary and generous benefits.
A J.D. degree, superior academic achievement, excellent writing skills, initiative, and a demonstrated interest in and commitment to scholarship are required.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, scholarly writing sample, and the names and contact information of 3 references. Applications are preferred by 2/15/2015 but will be given consideration until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin immediately and will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Only candidates of interest will be contacted.
To apply: Application materials and questions should be sent to email@example.com. Please include “Legal Research Fellowship” in the subject line.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Post-Doc Research Position” in the subject line.
Graduate Research Assistants
The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy seeks NYU graduate and law students to work as research assistants (RAs).
For spring 2015, we are seeking RAs with any one of the following skill sets: data analysis, GIS, 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. Opportunities are also available to work part-time or full-time hours during the summer.
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 email@example.com with the subject line “RA Application”.
While not required, the strongest applications also 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. Students with or without programming skills are encouraged to apply for opportunities in data analysis. Applicants without prior programming experience should demonstrate strong quantitative aptitude along with proficiency in general-use data applications (Excel, Access, Salesforce, etc.) or experience in quantitative environments, such as consulting, engineering, or financial management.
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.
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