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Research Scientist – Index of Bureaucracy - 529768

Florida International University
Miami, Florida
Posted Date
Jul 27, 2023

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
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Full Time

Florida International University is classified by Carnegie as a R1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity and recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers 196 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, computer science, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes almost $9 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded more than 220,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU’s Medina Aquarius Program houses the Aquarius Reef Base, a unique underwater research facility in the Florida Keys. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and more than 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit

Research Scientist – Index of Bureaucracy - 529768

Job Summary:

The Adam Smith Center for Economic Freedom is conducting a study on the impact of administrative bureaucracies on small businesses and micro-enterprises in Latin America. The research focuses on the bureaucratic procedures required to keep the company operating legally.

The Research Scientist performs basic and applied research in the Index of Bureaucracy project for the Adam Smith Center for Economic Freedom. Performs based on the direction from the Center director. May serve as Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator or work under the direction of the Center director and with minimal supervision. One of the main benefits is to enable greater cross-country participation from local partners in elaborating results and the analyses that the empirical findings reveal.

  • Performs basic and applied research in the Index of Bureaucracy
  • Presents research findings at the national and international levels.
  • Identifies topics and collaborates with research groups across disciplines.
  • Publishes in refereed journals, or independently, within the scope of his/her responsibilities in the programs of the principal investigator, in collaboration with the principal investigator.
  • Provides assistance in area of expertise to specific contracts, proposals, and related documentation as directed by the Center director.
  • Coordinates project meetings, organization, and compilation of progress reports.
  • Writes or aides in the submission of extramural proposals for the Center. Assists staff and/or student(s) working on projects and other duties as needed.
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable and relevant regulatory guidelines.
  • Coordinates activities, communication, and/or budgets for program(s) and technical project(s).
  • Serves as a liaison with various agencies and organizations regarding research activities grants.
  • Organizes and coordinates the experimental portions of funded research projects.

Minimum Qualifications: 

Doctoral degree and one (1) year of relevant experience.  Must have a PhD or proof of degree by hire date.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bilingual (e.g., Spanish)
  • Experience working and building relationships in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Research experience in international business development and governmental regulations 

Job Category:

Advertised Salary: 

$70,000 - $80,000 

Work Schedule: 

  • Begin time: 8:30 AM
  • End time: 5:00 PM

Pre-Employment Requirements: 

Criminal Background Check 

Other Information:

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to travel locally and nationally.
  • Ability to travel internationally.
  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings, weekends and at locations outside of the University.

For further information or to apply, please visit and reference Job Opening ID # 529768

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