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Research Assistant III

Harvard Graduate School of Design
Cambridge, MA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Public Policy
Sustainability Planning
Urban Design
Experience Level: 
Entry Level


Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) seeks applications for a research assistant to conduct quantitative and qualitative research on issues related to housing and aging.

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. JCHS’s research on housing and aging aims to deepen understanding of the housing implications of aging populations and to advance policy, planning, design, and public health solutions to address the lack of suitable and affordable housing for older adults.

As a member of the JCHS research team, the research assistant will contribute to the Joint Center’s research products, communications, events, and other activities. 

Specific Duties:

  • Carries out quantitative research on topics related to housing and aging, including demographics and finances, housing affordability, housing policy, homeownership and rental housing, accessibility, supports for older adults at home and other connections between health and housing, and other research areas as needed pertaining to aging, housing, and wellbeing.
  • Summarizes and compiles data through the statistical analysis of large-scale databases including the American Housing Survey, Decennial Census, Current Population Survey, Surveys of Consumer Finance, American Community Survey, and Health and Retirement Study. Conducts database management.
  • Conducts policy analysis and qualitative research including interviews and reviews of practitioner, policy, and academic literatures.
  • Participates in design of research methods and approaches; serves as source of information or reference on specific research methods.
  • Organizes material for reports, research briefs, and working papers. Drafts publications both independently and in collaboration with senior staff. Designs and delivers research presentations as required.
  • Works as a member of a team, contributing to all aspects of project development and execution. Submits periodic reports of project status to supervisor. Performs other project duties as required.

Basic Requirements:

Candidates must have an interest in topics related to housing and aging, as well as experience using statistical software packages such as SAS or Stata.

Additional Requirements:

Candidate must possess strong analytical, oral, and written communication skills. Candidate must have employment eligibility to work in the United States. Preference will be given to those with a Master’s Degree in economics, public policy, urban planning, public health, or a related field (1 - 2 years research experience is a plus).

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume via Harvard’s recruitment management system, ASPIRE (job requisition number # 53083BR). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The Harvard Graduate School of Design is passionate about fostering a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment.   Applicants of all race, ability, gender expression and identity, sexuality, religion, education, class, national origin, and diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Until our return to campus and full operational status, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will take place in a modified manner – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work.

In order to be considered for this role, a cover letter is required.  Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States now and in the future.  We regret that we cannot sponsor a work visa.

Published on:
January 15, 2021 - 12:19pm
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