Job Opportunities

The NYU 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.

We are now hiring for the following positions (see full descriptions below):

  1. Housing Solutions Lab Research Director (updated February 2021)

  2. Postdoctoral Evaluation Research Fellow (updated March 2021)

  3. Postdoctoral Economics Research Fellow (accepting applications on a rolling basis)

  4. Legal Fellow (accepting applications on a rolling basis)

 

1. Housing Solutions Lab Research Director

The NYU Furman Center seeks a Research Director to lead the research activities for a new initiative, the Housing Solutions Lab. The Housing Solutions Lab (Lab) will work with cities across the country to plan, develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate promising local housing policies. With a focus on small and midsize cities (those with populations of 50,000-500,000), the Lab will help cities to design housing strategies and conduct rigorous evaluations that identify the most effective policies and programs. 

The Research Director will lead the Housing Solutions Lab’s research agenda and ensure the rigor, integrity, and quality of all research activities.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with faculty and leadership to build a portfolio of research and evaluation projects for the Housing Solutions Lab 
  • Leads the identification of projects to conduct with small and midsize cities
  • Engages with city stakeholders on research and evaluation concepts 
  • Oversees the development of research and data agreements with cities
  • Manages all research activities including project design, data collection, analysis, and dissemination of research findings
  • Conducts research, analysis, and writing for selected projects
  • Leads the dissemination of research findings through publications, policy briefs, and presentations  
  • Hires, trains and supervises research staff, fellows, and graduate students
  • Maintains effective communication and coordination with leadership staff and faculty
  • Contributes to the Lab’s leadership team

Qualifications:

Required

  • Graduate degree in relevant field (e.g. Public Policy, Urban Planning, Economics) 
  • 5+ years professional experience leading research activities in an academic, policy, or government environment
  • Experience with and/or interest in advancing evidence-based policy design and research
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and comfort working with internal teams and external partners
  • Strong strategic thinking and decision-making skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working with large data sets and knowledge of statistical software, including (e.g., R, SAS, Stata, and SPSS)
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting equity in public policy

Strongly Preferred

  • Doctoral Degree in relevant field
  • Experience with program evaluation
  • Interest in/or experience with interdisciplinary research

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, a list of 3 references, and salary requirements. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Housing Solutions Lab Research Director” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

 

2. Postdoctoral Evaluation Research Fellow

The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University invites applications for a post-doctoral research position with an emphasis on evaluation. 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 Fellow’s time is shared equally between independent research on topics of his or her choice, and research and evaluation for a major new Furman Center initiative, the Housing Solutions Lab (Lab). The Lab will work with small and midsize cities across the country to design and conduct rigorous policy evaluations that identify the most effective housing policies and programs.

Fellowships typically last up to two years and may begin fall, or as early as summer 2021.

Qualifications:

Required:  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 R, Stata, or SAS), and the ability to work as part of a team and to meet deadlines. 

Strongly Preferred:  Interest in housing, real estate, or local public finance; Interest in program evaluation and/or interdisciplinary research.  

To Apply:  Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and 3 reference letters. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Post-Doc Research Fellowship” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately. Only candidates of interest will be contacted.

 

 

3. Postdoctoral Economics Research Fellow 

The NYU Furman Center 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. The Fellow’s time is shared equally between independent research on topics of his or her choice, and Furman Center research projects, conducted jointly with faculty members, graduate students, and staff. 

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 R, 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 are pluses.

Fellowships typically last two years and may begin fall, or as early as summer 2021.

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, job market paper and 3 reference letters. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Postdoctoral Research Fellow” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately and will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

 

The NYU Furman Center invites applications for a post-graduate legal fellowship. The NYU 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 legal 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 their choice in preparation to enter the academic job market, and Furman Center research projects, conducted jointly with faculty members, graduate students, and staff. In recent years, legal fellows have worked on projects addressing the legal impediments to the development of micro and accessory dwelling units in New York and other cities; an empirical and legal analysis of the use of transferable development rights in New York City; the economics of and legal issues surrounding mandatory inclusionary zoning; and a number of projects addressing fair housing requirements. The Legal Fellow is invited to participate in faculty workshops, colloquia, and other scholarly forums at the NYU School of Law.  

Qualifications include: a J.D. degree, superior academic achievement, excellent writing skills, initiative, and a demonstrated interest in and commitment to scholarship.

This two-year fellowship would begin in the summer/fall 2021. The position comes with a salary of approximately $65,000 and a generous array of benefits.

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, scholarly writing sample, law school transcript, and the names and contact information of 3 references. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Legal Fellow” in the subject line. Applications 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.

 

 

 

 

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