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Boston College Research Economist, Center for Retirement Research in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,377 full-time undergraduates and 4,420 graduate and professional students. Ranked 37 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.2 billion.

Job Description

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College is seeking a Research Economist to develop and conduct a variety of research projects on issues relating to retirement income, such as Social Security, employer-provided pensions, household saving, and labor force issues concerning older workers. The Center was created in 1998 through a grant from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to promote research on retirement issues and transmit the findings to policy makers, the research community, and the public.

The Research Economist will have primary responsibility for conducting and completing specific projects and will also assist on other projects as needed. Specifically, the Research Economist will develop research proposals, conduct quantitative research using micro datasets such as the Health and Retirement Study and the Survey of Consumer Finances, monitor the work of research assistants, and produce papers and other written products, such as issue briefs, in response to specific deadlines. The Research Economist will present research results at conferences and other forums. The Research Economist will also be involved in identifying opportunities for research funding and completing proposals to attract funding from government, corporate, and foundation sources.

Position Details:

Department: 057481 - Center Retirement Research

Position: 00011923 - Research Economist, Center for Retirement Research

Grade: 00

Competitive salary commensurate with relevant experience.


*The ideal candidate would have a Ph.D. in Economics, with 3 years or more of experience and familiarity to retirement issues

*Well organized and detail oriented, skilled at juggling multiple assignments

*Has exceptional research and analytical skills, and exceptional writing and communication skills

*Some travel is required

Closing Statement

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

  • Tuition remission for Employees

  • Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements

  • Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance

  • Low-Cost Life Insurance

  • Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans

  • Paid Holidays Annually

  • Generous Sick and Vacation Pay

  • Additional benefits can be found on

    Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.

    Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at .

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