Cornell University, Department of Global Development

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Position ID:Cornell-Department of Global Development-RA [#21745, wdr-00031354]
Position Title: Research Associate
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Human Factors
Development Studies
Community Development
Appl Deadline:2022/05/17 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2022/05/12, finished 2022/05/25, listed until 2022/05/20)
Position Description:    

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Department of Global Development Research Associate 

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. 

 The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty and staff. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being. CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments and their communities both in New York state and around the world. 

Position Function 

This position will provide research and teaching support in economic development, planning, local government finance and infrastructure, and public health, with a focus on advanced modeling techniques. Research responsibilities (75% FTE): Contribute to the design and implementation of research projects on data collection and analysis of economic, demographic, health, finance and planning data for all local governments in the US. Candidate will help with national surveys of local government planning practices and case study development through supervision of students. Analysis will include advanced statistical skills of data analysis, including software packages using Python to collect, visualize, and analyze data. They will be responsible for data management, data visualization, advanced statistical analysis, web scraping, and machine learning, both in research and in teaching. Responsible for writing journal articles and presenting at academic conferences and helping write grant proposals. 

Teaching and Student Supervision Responsibilities (25%): Expected to teach three credits on urban data science. Students will learn how to collect, visualize, and analyze data. Course topics include data management, data visualization, web scraping, and machine learning for use in research across subject domains and for spatial analysis. Special attention will be given to applications to research and policy. Supervise students in class projects and in ongoing engaged research activities. 

Anticipated Division of Time

40% data collection and analysis 
35% writing journal articles and proposals 
25% teaching and student supervision 


 A PhD in Regional Science is required to perform the duties of the position. Required: Knowledge of data collection and management, statistics, spatial analysis, machine learning, and academic proposal and journal article writing. Knowledge of the literature in economic development, planning and public health. Three years job-related experience required – could be in combination with achieving a PhD. 

Supervision Exercised 

Candidate will supervise graduate and undergraduate students. Mildred Warner will supervise the position.

Application Materials

Applicants should include a full CV, a letter of intent, a list of all undergraduate courses taught as the lead instructor, and syllabi and teaching evaluations for all courses taught in the past five years, a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and three names of references to Academic Jobs Online at

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Further Info:
240 Warren Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850