Advertised Summary Job Description: Columbia Business School seeks a Research Associate to assist Business School faculty in their conduct of academic research and special projects in the Finance and Economics division. Current research projects span the broad disciplines of finance and economics. For more detailed information about the Finance and Economics division, you may visit its website at http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/finance.
The candidate will take an active role in qualitative and quantitative research and analysis projects from conception through publication, will coordinate information management, develop teaching materials and will work with various levels of faculty and staff in a collegial and exciting academic environment.
This position provides an exciting opportunity to gain academic and business research experience and would be ideal preparation for a PhD program or other graduate study, or for individuals from other technical disciplines seeking to move into finance. Columbia University provides a full range of benefits, which can be viewed at http://hr.columbia.edu/benefits.
1. Develop models and write programs with software such as STATA, R, Python, SAS, and Microsoft Excel. Perform statistical analysis including running regressions. 2. Maintain computer data sets and databases. Assist with data entry and ensure data integrity. Extract and link data from different databases for analysis. Prepare detailed documentation files. 3. Assist with data analysis, interpretation, write up and dissemination of findings through the preparation of reports, journal articles, presentations, web sites, and other research outlets. 4. Perform case-based research, including work with detailed primary documents. 5. Assist in the organization of research programs including conferences, seminars and workshops, and perform other related duties as assigned. 6. Prepare presentations for teaching and research projects. 7. Monitor the status of multiple projects and ensure that interim and final deadlines are met. 8. Other duties as assigned.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and/or its equivalent required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must demonstrate, either through prior work experience or academic study, an aptitude and enthusiasm for research, understand computer applications specific to research and have strong organizational and communications skills. Must have work experience in a research role, preferably in an academic environment. Enthusiasm for research and intellectual curiosity is essential.
Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in economics, business, statistics, mathematics, finance, computer science, or engineering is preferred. Familiarity with CRSP/COMPUSTAT and other research databases is a strong plus. Familiarity with some subset of the following: statistical software (e.g. S+/R, STATA), computational packages (e.g. Matlab, Mathematica), scripting languages (e.g. Python, bash), databases, or general programming languages (e.g. C++, Java).
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It... seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.