About the Lab

The Development Innovation Lab (DIL) at the Becker Friedman Institute (BFI) uses the tools of economics to develop innovations of practical use in  developing countries. By bringing together experts in different fields and working closely with nonprofit organizations, firms and governments in developing countries, we can simultaneously advance knowledge and generate solutions to development challenges which can reach hundreds of millions of people.

Job Summary

DIL is seeking to hire a full-time Research Professional to work with Professor Michael Kremer, Nobel Laureate, and possibly other faculty as part of the Development Innovation Lab. Successful applicants will collaborate on new and ongoing research in development economics.


  • Contributing to design and implementation of research in development economics.
  • Conducting data cleaning and data analysis.
  • Assistance drafting, fact-checking and proof-reading papers.
  • Developing literature reviews.

Preferred Qualifications: 


  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Statistics, or related field with substantial training in quantitative research methods
  • Master’s degree in economics, data science, or a related field preferred


  • Work experience in a research environment, with proven analytical and quantitative skills
  • Experience with a statistical analysis package such as R, Python, or Stata


Preferred Competencies:

  • Strong interest in using quantitative methods for development economics research
  • Ability to work both independently, in a self-directed manner, and as a team member
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to produce clear and compelling written materials geared towards technical and non-technical audiences
  • Mature, self-directed individual with the ability to balance multiple tasks and prioritize effectively in order to meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced working environment
  • Ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Excellent organizational skills and high attention to detail
  • Experience using Rmarkdown and Git

Working Conditions: 

  • This position will perform tasks mostly indoors in an office setting.
  • Requires the ability to work independently for periods of eight (8) hours or more.

Required Documents:

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Transcripts (required)
  • Writing sample (optional)

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