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New York University Pre-Doctoral Research Assistant/Data Analyst in New York, New York

About the Program

  • The Pre-Doctoral Program in Policy ( is a unique opportunity for a diverse set of exceptional policy school master’s students to develop the skills, experience, and mentorship needed to prepare for doctoral studies and an academic career in policy.

  • The Program seeks to increase opportunities in academic policy research, from doctoral study to faculty positions for those who have experienced financial hardship, are first generation college students, or who come from an educational, cultural, or geographic background that is underrepresented in related doctoral programs. A goal of this program is to build a more diverse pipeline for doctoral programs and future policy and public administration school faculty members.

  • The Program matches exceptional graduates of professional master’s degree programs in public policy and administration with opportunities for research training, additional coursework, and faculty mentorship needed to prepare for an academic career.

  • The program provides a limited number of up to two-year, funded pre-doctoral research fellowship opportunities with faculty mentors. These full-time, funded research positions will be coupled with intensive mentorship and support for the PhD application process and opportunities to network with fellow participants across institutions.

Job Responsibilities

  • This position will serve as a full-time pre-doctoral research assistant for Professor Brian Elbel.

  • Professor Elbel is seeking a candidate with very strong quantitative skills to fill a data analyst position on his research team.

  • Using advanced analytic techniques, the Data Analyst executes ongoing analysis of research initiatives related to health policy, health choice/behavior, health economics, and population health at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Department of Population Health. The data analyst will process large data from conceptualization through presentation and will be responsible for management of datasets. Current projects include working with an array of New York City agencies’ data to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on disparities in children’s health and well-being, and using national supermarket and restaurant sales data to evaluate the influence of food policies.

  • The Analyst will work in the Department’s Section on Health Choice, Policy and Evaluation (HCPE), a dynamic research group dedicated to determining the influence of public policy on health and health choices and advancing ways to make policies more effective. Using multidisciplinary approaches, particularly behavioral economics, the group researches how policy and environment exacerbate pressing public health problems among low-income communities and communities of color. The analyst will help to make informed policy recommendations and develop novel policy solutions.

  • This is a fixed-term position for 12 months with the possibility for an extension.

In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $47,500 - $64,000. New York University considers factors such as (but not limited to) the specific grant funding and the terms of the research grant when extending an offer.

Eligibility and Qualifications

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in one of the partner institutions’ approved MPP or MPA degree programs with anticipated graduation date by Summer 2023 OR completion of a master's degree in a qualifying program during the previous year (i.e., 2022).

  • Commitment to inclusion, diversity, belonging, and equity as expressed through research interests or service activities, and an economic, educational, cultural, or geographic background underrepresented in doctoral programs.

  • Those who experience financial hardship, are first generation college students, or who come from an educational, cultural, or geographic background that is underserved in related doctoral programs are encouraged to apply.

  • Desire and potential to complete a doctoral graduate program in a field related to public policy or public administration.

  • Authorization to work in the United States.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Attention to detail and quality in data analysis and written material.

  • Ability to prioritize, adapt, and execute project tasks.

  • Cover Letter which MUST include the following:

  • Identify which opportunity or opportunities you are applying to.

  • Explain why you are pursuing that opportunity and how your experience would support the associated work.

  • Describe your background and your trajectory.

  • Explain how you: come from an educational, cultural, or geographic background that us under-represented in related doctoral programs; and/or have experienced financial hardship; and/or are a first generation college student.

  • Transcripts

  • Resume / CV

  • Applications may be submitted until December 15, 2022

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