Cambridge, MA

Post-Doctoral Associate

MIT Blueprint Labs is recruiting a Postdoctoral Associate, Education Programs to launch and lead the Charter School Research Collaborative. The position is based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA.  Blueprint uses data and economics to uncover the consequences of policy choices and improve society. Based in the Department of Economics at MIT, Blueprint Labs consists of over 18 academic affiliates who represent leading economic thinkers, 16 full-time staff members, and 13 graduate researchers. Blueprint Labs works closely with leading academic, government, and nonprofit institutions across the country to generate pioneering research that informs policy and practice in education, health care, and the workforce.

Blueprint’s Education Team studies education systems and policies. Our work helps policymakers design more equitable education systems and improve outcomes for children and families. The Post-Doctoral Associate will work closely with Blueprint Labs Directors Parag Pathak and Josh Angrist, and our collaborators at other universities. Previous Post-Doctoral Associates have gone on to tenure-track positions in academia.

The Post-Doctoral Associate will receive a full-time, one-year appointment that is renewable annually. An employment term of at least two years is strongly preferred. MIT can sponsor visas for this position.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

The Post-Doctoral Associate (Post-Doc) will work with Blueprint Directors Josh Angrist and Parag Pathak and Blueprint’s organizational partners to lead the Charter School Research Collaborative. The Collaborative is designed to conduct, fund, and offer technical support to groundbreaking research on charter schools in the U.S. Most of the Post-Doc’s time will be spent conducting sponsored research in partnership with charter schools and school districts.

Other duties include:

  • conducting research with organizational partners (e.g., charter schools);
  • collaborating with Blueprint research teams and supervising junior research staff involved in the projects the Post-Doc is assigned to;
  • participating in the organization of events, including the Collaborative’s annual convening, matchmaking events, and regular updates to funders and partners;
  • providing technical assistance and resources to researchers funded by the Collaborative;
  • organizing and warehousing research data, in close collaboration with the Research Manager;
  • and contributing to proposal development and fundraising activities.

The position offers the opportunity to join a research team with a strong publication track record and is likely to lead to several co-authored papers. The experience can help launch the candidate into a successful academic career.

Other duties as needed or required.

How to Apply:

  • Submit your application via MIT’s hiring site here. If this link doesn’t work, please visit, Click “Search Open Positions,” and search for Job Number 22993.
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    • The Google form asks you to upload a cover letter, resume, up to three research papers (including Job Market Paper if possible), contact information for three professional references, and unofficial transcripts in a single PDF.

Applications are due no later than November 15, 2023, and will be considered on a rolling basis.

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Qualifications & Skills:

  • Education: A doctoral degree in economics, education, public policy, political science, computer science, or a related field is required.
  • Experience: Candidates should have a demonstrated track record of conducting research in partnership with charter schools and/or major school districts in the US.
  • Communication Skills: Strong writing and speaking skills and the ability to communicate across multiple stakeholders in memos, papers, and presentations.
  • Technical Skills: Strong analytical skills and knowledge of econometric methods. Extensive experience with STATA, R, and/or other programming software. Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy, particularly in relation to complex research tasks.
  • Management and Leadership: Must have strong management skills and the ability to prioritize and deliver results. Project management skills including the ability to plan projects, determine staffing, set timelines, and execute plans to meet organizational goals.
  • Responsibility and Judgment: Must be able to work independently and across several different projects at once. Handles confidential information and issues with discretion and good judgment.

This position is hybrid, working at least three days per week in the office and up to two days from home, subject to change according to the latest COVID-19 policies. Occasional evening/night/weekend work may be required.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.