Research Assistant in CITIES Research Center
New York University Abu Dhabi, Division of Social Science
United Arab Emirates

Research Assistant in CITIES Research Center

New York University: NYU - Global: Abu Dhabi: CITIES Research Center

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Open Date
Sep 24, 2019


The CITIES Research Center at New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi seeks to recruit a research assistant to study the economic impact of technology and automation on economic prosperity of cities. The CITIES Research Center’s mandate gives priority to understanding the evolution and impact of new technologies on economic prosperity at the city level across the world.


The successful applicant will work with an existing research team of NYU professors to conduct research on new technology adoption, with particular focus on the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. The project will seek to identify regional factors influencing the adoption of these technologies, including academic institutions, infrastructure investment, demographics and political economy.


The research involves analyzing extensive datasets, including labor market data (such as firm location, skill of labor force, salaries and occupations) and new AI knowledge data (such as number academic papers and citations of papers published in top journals), to develop both descriptive statistics and estimates of the causal effect of regional factors on technology adoption, economic growth and other measures of prosperity.


Applicants must have at least a BA or BS degree in economics, strategy, computer science or related field. Candidates holding a Master’s or Doctoral degree are encouraged to apply. Experience in econometric analysis (causal inference and identification) and in programing in python or similar languages are required. If you have any questions about the role, please email Prof. Pablo Hernandez-Lagos at or Prof. Robert Seamans at


The terms of employment are very competitive and include housing and educational subsidies for children. Applications will be accepted immediately and candidates will be considered until the position is filled. To be considered, all applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcript of degree, a one-page summary of research accomplishments and interests, and at least 2 letters of recommendation, all in PDF format. Please visit our website at for instructions and information on how to apply. If you have any questions about the application process, please email: or



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.


UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.


This position is not located in the United States. You must be willing to relocate to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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