Pre-doc Research Assistant - Italy based Education Project

Rome, Italy

PIs: Michela Carlana (Harvard Kennedy School), Eliana La Ferrara (Bocconi University)

We are looking for a pre-doc research assistant working on education projects based in Italy with datasets from INVALSI and the Italian Ministry of Education. The contract is for 12 months, based in Rome and it can be part-time or full-time. Good social and quantitative skills and knowledge of Italian are required.

Start date: by September 1.


• Clean and manage datasets with education data form INVALSI and the Italian Ministry of Education.

• Conduct statistical analyses of data using Stata, R, SPSS

• Prepare literature reviews, background research, and other draft content for grant proposals,

academic papers, project reports.



• Bachelors or Masters in Economics, Public Policy, or related field requiring substantial

quantitative coursework

• Strong academic record

• Strong interest in public policy and education economics research

• Knowledge of randomized control trials

• Strong Italian and English oral and written communication skills

• Excellent command of Microsoft Office suite (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

• Proficiency programming in Stata


• Graduate-level coursework in Economics and Econometrics

• Prior experience on field research projects and RA work

• Proficiency programming in SPSS, R and JAVA/Python

How to Apply

• Send an email to following these instructions:

• In the subject line, put “Rome predoc – followed by your first and last name” (e.g., “Rome predoc – Silvia Rossi”).

• Attach the following documents:

  1. Cover letter (one page max)

  2. CV

  3. List of two references

  4. Stata do file you wrote for your dissertation/course/RA work

• Few selected candidates will be required to complete a Stata test.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.