Research Assistant | University of California San Diego Job at University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA

  • University of California San Diego
  • La Jolla, CA

Job Description

This is a 100% Contract position for one year. This appointment may be extended or converted to career status based on the needs of the department.

  • UC San Diego Policy will not allow this position to receive work visa sponsorship.


As part of an elite public university, UC San Diego's Economics Department serves over 2300 majors and is consistently ranked in the global top 15. We graduate around 700 undergraduate students each year, with students coming from a wide variety of diverse backgrounds. Our PhD students are hired into some of the top academic and industry positions in the world. Our 44 faculty perform cutting edge research in every major subfield of economics, and have won several national and global distinctions and awards.

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Under the supervision of PIs, the research assistant will contribute to various on-going research projects in development economics, political economy, and economic history. The RA will support research projects through tasks such as data analysis, creation of tables and figures, construction of data and data cleaning, and literature reviews. Under direct supervision, acquires skills and knowledge of professional concepts in research data analysis. Works on small projects or segments of projects with limited scope and complexity.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required. This is a remote position.


  • Experience with computer/word processing skills, with experience on Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, spreadsheet and database software such as JMP, R, and SPSS and citations databases in Endnote.

  • Bachelor's degree in related area such as economics and/or equivalent experience/training.

  • Acquiring knowledge of research function. Acquiring ability to perform research analysis duties.

  • Acquiring statistical analysis, systems programming, and database design skills to perform research analysis duties.

  • Ability to effectively manage time and see assigned parts of projects through to completion on deadline. Proven ability to juggle multiple related projects in parallel with concurrent and staggered deadlines.

  • Basic consultation and communication skills.

  • Ability to perform standard, repetitive tasks at a computer. Basic knowledge of various computer platforms with experience using Mac or PC. Willingness and ability to learn new computer programs and tools as needed.

  • Willingness and demonstrated ability to embrace and consistently uphold the principles of community for a collaborative work environment.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to foster a good working relationship with a wide variety of people, including staff, faculty, and students, using tact, diplomacy, confidentiality and flexibility.


  • Programming experience in Stata and/or R. Familiarity with GIS and Python.

  • Experience in performing statistical analyses of categorical and qualitative data.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $61,800 - $108,000 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $29.60 - $51.72

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

About University of California San Diego

UC San Diego is an academic powerhouse and economic engine, recognized as one of the top 8 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Innovation is central to who we are and what we do. Here, students learn that knowledge isn't just acquired in the classroom - life is their laboratory. UC San Diego's rich academic portfolio includes six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions and five graduate and professional schools. The university's award-winning scholars are experts at the forefront of their fields with an impressive track record for achieving scientific, medical and technological breakthroughs.

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