Ball State University
The Center for Business and Economic Research
Ball State University
The Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University seeks a Research Associate to join our staff. The Center conducts relevant, timely economic and public policy research on a wide range of issues that affect Indiana and beyond. This full-time, professional position offers a supportive, innovative environment with opportunities for continued professional development and conference travel. The Research Associate will conduct original scholarly and policy-related research; collaborate with colleagues and university partners to produce briefs, white papers, and studies; work with an interdisciplinary team on a variety of projects with statewide impact; and mentor graduate and undergraduate students in data collection and research projects.
At Ball State University, Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.
Position Function: Conduct original scholarly and policy related research and write policy briefs, business briefs and reports in collaboration with the Director, Research Director, other faculty members or staff; supervise student research projects; coordinate data collection, analysis and production for research projects and coordinate the work of graduate assistants and undergraduate students on various research projects; formulate and execute the long-term research and strategic plans of the Center, to include cross-campus collaboration; design and maintain standard operating procedures for data storage, data retrieval and project management structures for the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER); become familiar with and aid in the collection and organization of significant local, state and national economic data for research projects.
Position is subject to continued availability of funding. The individual hired will have an At Will assignment.
Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics, agricultural economics, public policy, business management, sociology, urban planning or related discipline.
Minimum Experience: At least one year of work experience with economic analysis, preferably in business, research center or think tank, including graduate student experience.
Minimum Other: Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Preferred Education: Master’s degree in economics, agricultural economics, public policy, business management or related discipline with an applied microeconomic focus such as state and local public finance, urban and regional economics, labor economics, environmental economics, and education economics.
Preferred Experience: Knowledge of SAS or other data management software; knowledge of advanced statistical software such as SAS, STATA, EVIEWS, R. Experience working with large datasets.
Preferred Other: Experience with economic impact studies as well as economic and socioeconomic data analysis.
Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.
The salary range for this position is: $60,000 – $80,000
Apply online at: https://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/36251
Include the following documents with your application: resume, letter of recommendation, and cover letter addressed to: Hiring Manager. In the Applicant Documents section of this application, please provide an inclusive excellence statement describing how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Ball State University through your teaching, research, and/or service. Please include examples of your contributions when possible. Word limit 500. The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through April 25, 2023.
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.
The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.
The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit:
Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.