Graduate Student Researchers — Summer 2018

The Terner Center is seeking several Graduate Student Researchers to join our team for summer 2018. Students will be involved in (one or more) projects that fall within the Center’s four main areas of focus:

  1. Increasing the supply and lowering the cost of housing in U.S.
  2. Expanding access to quality housing, especially for those traditionally excluded from mainstream markets.
  3. Leveraging housing to achieve sustainability and climate change goals.
  4. Assessing the impact of major housing policies and programs to inform improvements and achieve greater results.

Example summer projects will include (but not be limited to):

  • As part of the Terner Center's Cost of Building Housing Research Series, examine the macro and microeconomic drivers of rising construction costs in high-cost regions.
  • Identify and analyze the constraints to accessing affordable housing (including a focus on housing stock supply and demand) in opportunity-rich communities in the 100 largest U.S. metros
  • Analyze local labor market conditions to understand the implications of impending new federal work requirements for residents of publicly subsidized housing.

GSRs should have strong research and writing skills, background and interest in housing and community development issues, and the ability to work independently in a fast-paced, action-oriented research environment. Candidates with experience in data management and analysis using SAS, STATA, or R, knowledge of GIS, and/or familiarity with Census, AHS, and HMDA data and/or experience in housing policy research and analysis are especially encouraged to apply. Positions are full-time, and expected commitment is from mid-May to mid-August 2018, though some flexibility is possible. Hourly compensation commensurate with experience.

To apply, please include:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter, indicating which areas of focus and/or projects listed above you are most interested in working on
  • 1-2 work samples that demonstrate your interest and relevant skills.

Please submit your application materials via email to Sara Draper-Zivetz ( by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23rd.