We are looking to hire a part-time assistant research scholar to help us compile data on infrastructure costs from around the world, especially those of urban subway lines. Specifically, we are looking to understand the drivers of costs—why do public transportation infrastructure projects in one city cost more than in another city? We have already begun collecting this data on projects from around the world and would like to extend these efforts.
We are particularly looking to extend our coverage outside countries where information is readily available in English, such as the English-speaking world or Western Europe. The information we need consists first of all of headline costs of public transportation infrastructure costs, but then of more detailed breakdowns, such as construction techniques, ancillary projects, financing mechanism, the environmental review process, the legal situation, labor size, etc. There will also be opportunities to collaborate on writing projects related to the data collection efforts.
Reading fluency in a foreign language used in a country or countries with major ongoing urban rail construction, such as Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Russian, or Arabic.
Either preexisting familiarity with engineering terms (such as "cut-and-cover") or the ability to learn them quickly.
Database software, such as Excel or more advanced statistical analysis software.
Data analysis or data science techniques useful for small N.
Self-motivation and independence, for example in finding relevant information to add to the database.
Good oral and written communication skills.
Please submit a CV and cover letter.
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