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Research Economist

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

University Staff



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Job Summary

The Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder welcomes applications for a Research Economist. The primary purpose of this position is to support economic and policy research across a broad range of topics for the Business Research Division. With supervision and working collaboratively, this position will be engaged in all aspects of applied research into various topics about the economy and economic policy. Recent and ongoing research includes regional economic development, economic forecasting, taxes, land use, housing, and labor markets. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are required.

Under direct supervision, the research economist uses fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures of particular field of specialization to perform routine scientific research tasks requiring application of established techniques, procedures, and criteria.  Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are required.

This is a part-time position (50%).

Who We Are

Situated in the heart of America’s happiest (National Geographic) and healthiest (Gallup) city, CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business consistently ranks among the top business schools in the country. Our ability to educate and inspire the next generation of leaders is founded on both our world-class, award-winning faculty and our close connection with Boulder, a nationally-recognized hub of innovation and entrepreneurship. As technology and the rapid pace of change demand new approaches to business, Leeds is at the forefront of reshaping business education.  

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Conduct economic research projects.
  • Collect secondary economic data from data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the State Demography Office, and others.
  • Create and deploy surveys for the collection of primary data.
  • Conduct analytical and statistical analysis of economic data.
  • Create economic presentations and publications.
  • Write articles and reports about data. 
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned. This may include supporting project proposals, speaking to industry groups, meeting with companies, etc.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this 50% position starts at $32,500, commensurate with skills and experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Economics from an accredited higher education institution.
  • 1-3 years’ experience in consulting , analysis, or policy advising.

What You Will Need

  • Creativity, self-motivation, and strong organization skills.
  • Superior data management skills
  • Analytical prowess: the capacity to collect and convert unorganized pieces of data into structure, useful information.
  • Superior communication skills: an ability to clearly translate complex topics and mechanisms into understandable explanations for non-specialist.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Master’s Degree in Business or Economics from an accredited higher education institution.
  • Familiarity with SPSS, IMPLAN, REMI, R, or other economic/statistical software programs.
  • Familiarity with public data (e.g., Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census Bureau, Bureau of Economist Analysis, Colorado Demography Office, etc.)

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by February 25, 2019 for consideration.

Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer