The Kellogg Finance Department is looking for highly skilled and motivated individuals to work as full-time Empirical Research Associates for a period of at least one year. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled, and must be submitted by November 29, 2022 at the latest.
The position entails close collaboration on a number of finance projects with specific members of the department. Specifically, we are recruiting in the following areas; details are included in the attached pages for each position. Please indicate in your cover letter the area(s) you are most interested in:
Empirical Corporate/Household Finance. Faculty sponsors: David Matsa, Anthony DeFusco, Filippo Mezzanotti.
Finance and Development. Faculty sponsors: Sean Higgins and Jacopo Ponticelli.
FinTech, Finance, and Development. Faculty sponsor: Sean Higgins.
Empirical Research Generalist. Faculty sponsor: Varies by project
Research duties vary, but may include: performing statistical analyses on large databases utilizing Stata, MATLAB, Python, R and other programming languages; designing and running experiments; scraping data from websites and non-traditional data sources; and conducting literature reviews. Previous holders of this position have participated in graduate courses at Northwestern during their time as research fellows (including macroeconomics, microeconomics, asset pricing, and real analysis) and gone on to top Ph.D. programs such as Princeton and MIT Sloan.
The ideal candidate will have a strong quantitative background and programming skills, and the ability to work independently. Prior background in economics or finance is useful but not necessary; we welcome candidates with strong technical backgrounds who are looking for more exposure in these fields. This opportunity is ideal for candidates looking to develop their empirical and theoretical skills in preparation for pursuing a graduate program in economics or finance.
Please attach the following to your application:
A cover letter briefly describing your career or academic goals, your experience as research assistant or other experience with economic research (e.g., senior thesis), and a description of your programming background;
A current CV;
Complete undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial is fine);
Role Selection Document (found via Qualtrics link below);
The starting date is negotiable, but it should be no later than July 1, 2023. We pay an average annual salary of $50,000 and provide standard benefits such as health insurance. Note for international applicants: Kellogg will provide the research fellow with the necessary J-1 Research Scholar visa, subject to USCIS rules and regulations.
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