Current Open Positions

In this section you will find positions as a Research Assistant (RA) or Internships which are currently open on LEAP projects or other partner institutes and organizations. Information on how to apply is available in the description of each position.


1 Full-Time Position as Predoctoral Fellow - 1 Year

We have an opening for a full-time predoctoral fellow position for at least one year, ideally starting as of February 2023 (exact timing is flexible). The position is aimed at supporting different ongoing research projects on organizational/personnel economics in low-income countries, run by the two LEAP affiliates Erika Deserranno (Northwestern University/Bocconi University/LEAP) and Andrea Guariso (University of Milan Bicocca/TIME/LEAP).


The research projects’ overarching theme is the digitization of public service delivery, e.g., assessing the effect of telehealth on gender inclusion and health in rural India, assessing the effects of new monitoring-based technologies provided to community health workers in Sierra Leone on their productivity, assessing the effect of digitizing social registries in Liberia. Some of the projects haven't started yet and are thus in their infancy, others are more advanced.

The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in carrying out and developing cutting-edge empirical research. We expect to involve the predoctoral fellow in different stages of research, including brainstorming, literature reviews, field experiment design and supervision, model building, data processing, data analysis, data visualization and writing.

We are looking for a person who enjoys independent problem-solving and thrives on taking high-level directional advice and then running with this advice as far as possible. A willingness to work hard, be self-motivated and learn will be essential for doing well in this position. The ideal candidate is someone interested in pursuing an academic career in the future, with very good oral and written communication skills in English.


Roles and Responsibilities:

·      Data cleaning and econometric analysis

·      Data visualization

·      Model building

·      Preparing literature reviews

·      Support writing policy reports

·      Assisting the principal investigators in various aspects of the projects. Depending on the circumstances, there might be the possibility to spend some time in the field (India, Sierra Leone, or Liberia) to support the ongoing projects


Desired qualifications and experience:

·      A Bachelor or Master degree in economics, statistics, or related fields.

·      Strong interests in academic research. Ideally, the candidate has the intention to work towards a PhD in one of the above disciplines.

·      Excellent management and organizational skills. Meticulous, organized, and detail-oriented.

·      Strong quantitative skills. Advanced knowledge of Stata and LaTeX.

·      Proficient in English


Job conditions:

·      Full-time position

·      Competitive pay, commensurate with experience.

·      Ideally, the candidate will be based in Milan, although remote work can be considered.

·      The position is for a year, starting in February 2023 (felxible)


If you are interested in becoming an active part of our research team and working on exciting research projects, please send your CV, a short cover letter, transcripts, and the name of at least one reference to both Erika Deserranno ( and Andrea Guariso ( We will consider applications on a rolling basis, until the position is filled, starting from January 7th.