Research Assistant, Center on Social Dynamics and Policy Brookings Institution for Recent Grad
The Research Assistant, CSDP assists with research using agent-based models, output presentation. Topics include public health (obesity, tobacco, infectious disease epidemiology), economics, and behavioral/social sciences.
Research Assistance (60%)
Compiles, reads, and provides analytical reviews and summaries of diverse existing literatures from multiple fields of science pertinent to projects.
Synthesizes literature in the form of background papers, analytical reviews, or outlines for the benefit of CSDP and external partners.
In collaboration with senior research staff, drafts material for incorporation into working papers and project publications, particularly literature reviews but may also be called upon to write up results or methodology.
Contributes to parameterization of models by drawing on established literature to quantify relationships between and among variables.
Maintains electronic bibliography files, organizes references for manuscripts/websites/proposals, and locates relevant documents from electronic sources.
Visualization and Reports (20%)
Converts agent-based model outputs to viewable form for analyses and presentations.
Assists in drafting written reports and online profiles for funders and external research partners describing model design, implementation, and results.
Works with the scholar to create PowerPoint presentations for use in summarizing research findings to outside audiences.
Assists in preparation and revision of manuscripts and proposals.
10% Programming Simulation and Statistical Assistance.
Some data analysis responsibilities – analyzing STATA output or using STATA or Excel to create graphics.
Interfaces with external research partners to obtain, process, and convert outside data into forms suitable for integration into agent-based models.
Administrative Support (10%)
Assists scholar with miscellaneous administrative tasks.
Assists scholar with planning Brookings events to present research.
Write and edit summaries to be posted on Center and scholar webpages.
Bachelor’s degree in economics, mathematics/statistics, or a related quantitative field required. Master’s degree in a related field a plus. One-year job experience in scientific research in social science or public health preferred but not required. Competence to undertake research assignments with little supervision.
Strong writing and research skills, ability to work with empirical data and statistics, ability to condense academic articles on a wide variety of topics. Experience or familiarity with agent-based computational modeling preferred but not required.