Research Assistant Position

Research Assistant Position

The Master of Science in Social and Economic Policy program is seeking a passionate, detail-oriented Research Assistant to aid a grant from the US Department of Education to assess a Virginia intervention designed to end the practice of paying less than the minimum wage to people with disabilities.


The Real Pay for Real Jobs, an EPIC (Education, Partnerships, provisions of Individualized Services, and Capacity Building) Model Project, is an effort by the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services to eliminate the longstanding but legal practice of paying a subminimum wage and support employment and economic independence for Virginians with disabilities.


  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Interview program participants and collect survey data
  • Assist in writing research reports
  • Collaborate with students, faculty members, research team, and department


  • Current PhD or MA/MS degree in a social science related field such as economics, psychology, sociology, statistics, public policy or others
  • Good problem-solving and analytical skills; Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Prior research experience is preferred
  • Working knowledge of Stata or R

Pay Rate

$20/hour (10-15 hours per week)

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter and CV to MSSEP Program Coordinator Ashley Reyes at include "Research Assistant Application" in the subject line.Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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