Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) seeks applications for a research assistant to conduct research related to issues of housing demographics and trends in housing markets for Harvard's nationally recognized housing research center. Since its founding in 1959, JCHS has been a leader in advancing public understanding of housing issues and policy. Through its research, education, and public outreach programs, JCHS helps leaders in government, business, and the civic sectors make decisions that effectively address the needs of cities and communities. As a member of the JCHS research team, the research assistant will contribute to the Joint Center's research products, events, and other activities--with a focus on topics related to issues of housing demographics and market trends.
Support senior research associate in research in housing demographics, covering topics such as trends in the age, race/ethnicity, and family living arrangements of the population and households; household formation and homeownership; immigration and domestic mobility; trends in geographic living patterns; and changing preferences for living in suburban and urban areas and different regions.
Supports senior research associate in research in housing market trends, covering topics related to supply and demand including analysis of data on residential construction, home prices, sales, and vacancies at the metro area and national level in addition to trends in household incomes, wealth levels, and debts.
Carries out tabulations and other statistical analysis using microdata from large-scale databases including the American Housing Survey, Decennial Census, Current Population Survey, Survey of Consumer Finance, Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data, Residential Finance Survey, and American Community Survey.
Prepares clear and concise written summaries of data analyses with charts, graphs, maps, and tables that demonstrate key findings to senior staff. Summaries may be in the form of memos for senior staff, external blog posts, and draft sections of reports and papers.
Collects and conducts reviews of academic literature; organizes required material for reports, working papers, and journal articles; drafts and/or writes publications; and performs other project duties as required both independently and in collaboration with senior staff.
Prepares spreadsheets, charts, and graphs to support public presentations by senior staff, and may deliver short research presentations at conferences as required.
Salary Grade: 054
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Candidates must have a demonstrated interest in topics related to housing and/or demography.
Strong analytical and oral and written communication skills, required.
Experience with statistical software packages such as SAS, Stata, required.
Experience with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint applications, reuired.
Preference will be given to those with a master's degree in demographics, geography, urban planning, public policy, economics, or related field and 1-2 years research experience.
GIS programming and analysis skills strongly desired.
Candidate must have employment eligibility to work in the United States.
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