Job Description

Research Scientist 1

Requisition IDreq6839
Working TitleResearch Scientist 1
Position Grade11
Position Summary

The Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) is looking for a creative, self-motivated and highly organized economic researcher. With supervision and working collaboratively, the candidate selected for the position will be engaged in all aspects of applied investigation of various topics relevant New Mexico policymakers. Recent and ongoing research has addressed issues such as regional economic development, economic forecasting, public finance, land use, housing, labor and health policy, and nonprofit planning and development. This position will allow for significant opportunities for professional growth.

Under direct supervision, the Research Scientist 1 uses fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures of particular field of specialization to perform routine scientific research tasks requiring application of established techniques, procedures, and criteria. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are required.

Specific Duties to Include:

  • With supervision of the Director, help to develop and run economic impact models
  • Gather secondary data (e.g. Census, BLS)
  • Conduct statistical analysis of economic data
  • Support primary data collection (e.g. survey design, testing)
  • Create data tables and graphics
  • Support report writing
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible, term position. Initial term for this position is 1 year from date of hire; continuance beyond that date is subject to the Department's operational needs as outlined in UBPPM #3200, Employee Classifications and will be reviewed annually.

The University of New Mexico (UNM) provides a diversified package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs.

Please see the application instructions section for a description of documents required for a complete application.

See the Position Description for additional information.

Conditions of Employment
  • Successful candidate must submit to a post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check. Additional health screenings may be required, dependent on the nature of the research conducted, as determined by Employee Occupational Health Services.
Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree; no previous experience required.

Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s or Ph.D. degree in Economics or related field.
  • Advanced knowledge of the principles of economics and statistics, and their application to policy-oriented research.
  • Familiarity with qualitative research methods, including survey design.
  • Familiarity with secondary economic and demographic data sources.
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage and complete research assignments under deadlines, including coordination of students and staff work.
  • Demonstrated experience with/in:
    • Econometrics
    • Statistics and applied statistical packages, such as STATA, SAS or SPSS
    • Database management systems, such as Access, MySQL
    • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Additional Requirements
CampusMain - Albuquerque, NM
DepartmentBureau of Business Economic Rsrch (069B)
Employment TypeStaff
Staff TypeTerm - Full-Time
Term End DateOne year from date of hire
Benefits EligibleThis is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.
ERB StatementTemporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage.
Background Check RequiredNo
For Best Consideration Date11/5/2018
Application InstructionsA complete application will consist of:
  • Cover letter describing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample - Recent research report where you are the primary author
  • List of 3 supervisory level references

  • Positions posted with a Staff Type of Regular or Term are eligible for the Veteran Preference Program. See the Veteran Preference Program webpage for additional details.

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