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Fellowship responsibilities span all stages of research, including managing projects, collecting and analyzing data, creating presentations, and editing manuscripts. The research involves using quasi-experimental methods and globally comprehensive data to analyze climate and energy data. In addition to working closely with faculty as research assistants, pre-doctoral fellows typically attend classes and seminars at EPIC, the University of Chicago, and affiliate institutions.

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree by June of the year they are applying, and have strong quantitative and programming skills. Candidates with research experience are strongly preferred, especially those with experience in Stata, R, Python or Matlab. The ideal candidate would begin in June and work for EPIC for one or two years before applying to graduate school in Economics or another quantitative social science. EPIC offers a competitive salary and employee benefits.

Applications for pre-doctoral fellowships are reviewed in fall and winter cycles. The fall deadline is in mid-November, with final decisions made in mid-December. The winter deadline is the beginning of March, with final decisions made around toward the end of March.

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  • The University of Chicago Energy & Environment Lab (E&E Lab) partners with agencies at the federal, state and local level to identify, rigorously evaluate, and help scale programs and policies that reduce pollution and improve environmental outcomes, while ensuring access to reliable and affordable energy. The E&E Lab applies rigorous evaluation and modeling methods, including natural and field experiments, randomized controlled trials, behavioral economics, and machine learning, to help policymakers identify and generate evidence on innovative approaches and policy solutions to their most pressing environmental and energy challenges.

    The E&E Lab is seeking a Predoctoral Fellow (Project Associate) with strong research, methodological, and programming skills to support environmental policy research projects. The fellow will work on a portfolio of projects designed to evaluate the impact of promising energy and environmental interventions. Typical research projects involve the analysis of environmental and energy data, utilizing quasi-experimental and experimental methods to provide government partners with guidance on key policy questions. The successful candidate will have experience with data management, econometrics, and statistical modeling. The fellow will contribute to all aspects of research, including data collection, model development, and implementation. This position requires an individual who is able to work as part of small research teams, and on multiple projects concurrently, while also being self-directed and independent. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading policy researchers and faculty at the University of Chicago and other universities, and policymakers in state and local environmental agencies.

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  • The Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC) invites applications for full-time pre-doctoral fellows for the academic year 2023–24. An interdisciplinary research and training center at the University of Chicago, EPIC is contributing innovative solutions to the global energy challenge: how can we ensure that people around the world, today and in the future, have access to reliable, affordable energy needed for human development without putting our health, environment and climate at risk? Previous results from EPIC projects have been influential with policymakers worldwide and featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other leading publications.

    Successful candidates will report to Koichiro Ito, Associate Professor at University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Research projects will focus on evaluating various energy and environmental policies in the US, Japan, China, India, Chile, and other countries by using a variety of methods such as randomized controlled trials, quasi-experimental research design, and structural estimation.

    In addition to working closely with faculty as research assistants, pre-doctoral fellows typically attend classes and seminars at EPIC, the University of Chicago, and affiliate institutions. The program is intended to serve as a bridge between college and graduate school for students interested in empirical economics. People in this or similar positions have gone on to Economics Ph.D. programs at Harvard, MIT, University of Chicago, University of California, Berkeley, and similar schools upon completion of this program.

    Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree by June 2023 and have strong quantitative and programming skills. Candidates with research experience are strongly preferred, especially those with experience in Stata, R, Python or Matlab. The ideal candidate would begin on July 1, 2023 and work for EPIC for one or two years before applying to graduate school in Economics or another quantitative social science. EPIC offers competitive salary and employee benefits.

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  • The job will entail close collaboration on a number of new and ongoing projects in development economics, environmental economics, and political economy. Most of these projects will be on China, and will use large administrative datasets. Job responsibilities span all stages of research, including managing projects, collecting and analyzing data, creating presentations, and editing manuscripts. The predoc will work closely with Shaoda Wang and his collaborators from various other institutions, including Harvard, HKU, Northwestern, Berkeley, Princeton, and Duke.

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  • The E&E Lab is seeking Summer Research Assistants (RAs) with strong research, methodological, and programming skills to support large-scale environmental policy research projects. The RAs will work on a portfolio of projects designed to evaluate the impact of promising energy and environmental interventions. Typical research projects involve the analysis of environmental and energy data, utilizing quasi-experimental and experimental methods to provide government partners with guidance on key policy questions.

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  • The Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC) invites applications for the Summer 2023 Research Fellowship. An interdisciplinary research and training center at the University of Chicago, EPIC is contributing innovative solutions to the global energy challenge: how can we ensure that people around the world, today and in the future, have access to the reliable, affordable energy needed for human development without putting our health, environment and climate at risk? Previous results from EPIC projects have been influential with policymakers worldwide and featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other leading publications.

    Successful candidates will report to Michael Greenstone, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and the Director of EPIC. Responsibilities span all stages of research, including:

    • Managing projects
    • Collecting and analyzing data
    • Creating presentations
    • Editing manuscripts

    Typical research projects involve the analysis of environmental and energy data from the United States, India, China, and other countries utilizing experimental, quasi-experimental, and modeling methods.

    Applicants must be in their penultimate year of study and have a strong interest in economic research. A demonstrated interest in energy and environmental economics is encouraged but not required. EPIC reviews candidates holistically, and encourages candidates to apply even if they do not have extensive past experience with programming or empirical research. The goal of the program is to develop the intern’s skills as a researcher. Interns will be mentored by current Pre-Doctoral Fellows and gain skills in programming and empirical analysis.

    The ideal candidate would work for EPIC for around ten weeks before returning to school. This position will be fully in person at the University of Chicago. EPIC offers competitive salary and employee benefits. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with rolling decisions, but all applications must be received by March 5th, 2023 to be considered. Due to the high volume of applications, only candidates shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

    To apply, please complete the form and upload your resume, transcript, and writing sample (optional) at https://boards.greenhouse.io/epicsummerresearch/jobs/5485897003. Questions and inquiries about the summer fellowship should be directed to epic.predoctoralfellowship@gmail.com.

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