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Research Assistant in the Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED) (Blockchain

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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 (Blockchain Project) for a one-year period. The anticipated appointment is expected to start no later than September 1, 2024 (or earlier).

The Research Assistant will play an integral role in supporting the research efforts, data analysis, and overall coding tasks for CTED’s projects. Specifically, the individual will conduct research on issues of mainly blockchain work and how it applies to labor migration and commodities markets, as well as complete other miscellaneous tasks under the direction of Principal Investigator Dr. Yaw Nyarko. The ideal candidate will have experience using programming languages (such as Python, JavaScript, and MATLAB), have strong writing skills, and be knowledgeable of the research projects in CTED and be interested in learning about blockchain applications. The successful applicant will assist the Principal Investigator on field research projects; conduct data analysis; create blockchain applications and experimental designs; 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. Applicants must have extensive coding experience, and preferably, applicants will have experience conducting field research in emerging countries and working on randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Applicants with experience and knowledge working programming languages such as Python, JavaScript, and/or MATLAB, a strong interest in economic and quantitative research and the willingness to learn about the blockchain, are encouraged to apply. Researchers with experience in web development, blockchain, commodities markets, labor migration, and technology and economic development will be considered a plus. The candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary 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, and one academic writing samples, and at least two letters of recommendation to be sent confidentially all in PDF format via Interfolio.

Please visit our websites for more information on CTED ( ) and Dr. Yaw Nyarko’s research ( ). If you have any questions, please contact 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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