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Research Assistant in the Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED) - Dr. Yaw Nyarko

NYU Abu Dhabi is pioneering a new model of higher education for a global world, dedicated to excellence in teaching and research and to advancing cooperation and progress on humanity?s shared challenges. Drawing on the strengths of the NYU global network, it offers an outstanding liberal arts and sciences education to students from the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and around the world, with a distinctive focus on intercultural understanding and leadership. It supports innovative research and graduate education programs that push forward the frontiers of knowledge and respond in powerful and interdisciplinary ways to vital global and local challenges.


The Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED) at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to recruit a Research Assistant for a one-year period. The anticipated appointment is expected to start no later than September 1, 2023 (or earlier).

The Research Assistant will play an integral role in supporting the research efforts and data analysis for CTED’s projects. The candidate will conduct research on issues of labor migration and commodities markets, and complete other miscellaneous tasks under the direction of Principal Investigator Dr. Yaw Nyarko. The ideal candidate will have experience using statistical software (STATA and Matlab), have strong writing skills, and be knowledgeable of the research projects in CTED. The successful applicant will assist the Principal Investigator on field research projects; conduct data analysis; prepare literature reviews; translate research findings; assist with field work efforts related to the Center’s commodities markets research; and be able to generate research reports, concept notes, and academic papers.

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics or a related field. Preferably, applicants will have experience conducting field research in emerging countries and working on randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Applicants with experience and knowledge working with STATA and Matlab, and a strong interest in economic and quantitative research, are encouraged to apply. Researchers with experience in commodities markets, labor migration, and technology and economic development will be considered a plus. The candidate will work in a multidisciplinary environment, working autonomously, but as a team member under the direction of the Principal Investigator.

The terms of employment are very competitive. Applications will be accepted immediately, and candidates will be considered until the position is filled. For consideration, applicants need to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one academic writing sample, transcript of degree, and 2 letters of recommendation, all in PDF format, via Interfolio.

Please visit our websites for more information on CTED ( ) and Dr. Yaw Nyarko’s research ( ).

Questions about specifics of the position can be directed to Andrea Papitto at


NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.

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