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7 Jan 2016

Full-Time Statistical Research and Computing Specialist Position @ Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Political Science – Posted by dhidalgo Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

STATISTICAL RESEARCH AND COMPUTING SPECIALIST, Political Science-GOV/LAB, to aid faculty and researchers in high performance computing, data management, data analysis, data visualization, and data collection as part of a research group of political scientists focusing on innovation in citizen engagement and government responsiveness around the world. The initiative involves the collection and analysis of governance-related data, such as policy indicators, election data, administrative data, and survey data. Responsibilities include working on data intensive research projects and maintaining a high performance computing environment. Data intensive research projects will involve compiling (via web scraping, for example) and cleaning data, analyzing data using statistical models and graphical visualization, and creating websites that make the data available. Data projects will typically be on themes related to government accountability, government transparency, and related topics. Maintenance of a high performance computing environment will involve the development of procedures for using cloud-based servers (such as through Amazon AWS) for large-scale computational tasks.  Will also support affiliates in the use of this environment through training sessions and personalized support and other duties as needed.  May supervise a graduate student RA.  REQUIRED:  a minimum of four years’ programming experience in Python, R, or similar language; willingness to learn additional languages as needed; experience with high performance computation; a B.A./B.S. in computer science, statistics, social science, or related technical field; expert-level knowledge of Linux/Unix systems; experience with version control tools such as Git; a basic understanding of statistics; and the ability to work both independently with general supervision and as part of a team.  An interest in government accountability and/or international development preferred.  This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of being renewal. Job #12897

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