ERN Professional Announcements and Job Openings


July 30, 2004.  

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T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S

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PANAGORA QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH* Call for Papers

INSTITUTE 2004 CROWELL PRIZE

 

THE TIAA-CREF INSTITUTE * Free E-Notes

Service Announcement

 

LEADING FINANCIAL INSTITUTION * Senior Risk

Management Consultant

 

THE INTERNATIONAL FOOD POLICY * Postdoctoral Fellow/

RESEARCH INSTITUTEResearch Fellow

 

THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE * Research Fellow

 

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THE PANAGORA QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES:

 

THE 2004 CROWELL PRIZE CALL FOR PAPERS

 

 

PanAgora Asset Management's Quantitative Research Institute announces the 2004 Dr. Richard A. Crowell Memorial Prize paper competition. A first prize of 00 and up to two 2nd place prizes of 00 each will be awarded to the best submissions. Up to 10 finalists will be invited to present their work at PanAgora Asset Management's Quantitative Research Institute seminar series throughout the year. PanAgora Asset Management will defray the cost of travel for seminar presentations by the finalists.

 

 

TOPICS:

 

Paper submissions will be accepted from dissertation-stage graduate students and faculty at accredited academic institutions, and all practitioners who wish to apply. While any submissions in the field of quantitative investment are acceptable, the following topics are especially welcome:

 

- The interaction between return forecasting and portfolio optimization

- The behavior and quality of market analyst estimates

- Small-capitalization stock return behavior

- High frequency risk modeling

- Interaction between macroeconomic cycles and financial markets

- Credit risk modeling

- Yield curve forecasting

 

Papers will be judged by a Reading Committee formed by members of the Quantitative Research Group on their originality, quality of exposition and analytical rigor.

 

 

ABOUT THE PRIZE:

 

The Prize is named in honor of PanAgora's founder, the late Dr. Richard A. Crowell. PanAgora Asset Management has been a leader in the use of quantitative methods for investment for over 20 years. For additional information on PanAgora Asset Management see:

 

www.panagora.com

 

 

PAPER SUBMISSIONS/INQUIRIES:

 

Inquiries and submissions can be sent via email to:

 

Email: MAILTO:seminar@panagora.com

 

The deadline for submissions is October 31st, 2004. All submitted papers must be double-spaced and readable in standard PDF, DVI, PostScript or Microsoft Word formats.

 

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THE TIAA-CREF INSTITUTE

 

Free E-Notes Service

 

 

The TIAA-CREF Institute invites you to subscribe to our free E-Notes service.

 

 

DESCRIPTION:

 

Institute E-Notes is an electronic newsletter service that is disseminated every eight to ten weeks to our subscribers. Each issue covers two or three topics that specifically address lifelong financial security issues (i.e. social security, long-term care insurance, retiree health care) and will be distributed directly to your email address.

 

In general, the content in E-Notes will include short abstracts of research papers, published articles, or policy briefs. As the complete paper is generally posted on the Institute website, a hyperlink to each piece will also be provided.

 

For your review and consideration, a copy of the last issue of E-Notes has been posted on our website at:

 

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ABOUT TIAA-CREF:

 

The mission of the TIAA-CREF Institute is to foster and conduct objective research, build knowledge, and enhance one's understanding of strategic and policy issues that impact institutional and individual financial decisions. Thank you for your interest in the work of the TIAA-CREF Institute and we look forward to adding you to our E-Notes subscriber list.

 

 

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LEADING FINANCIAL INSTITUTION

 

Senior Risk Management Consultant - Fair Lending

 

 

One of the nation's leading financial institutions has the following professional opportunity: Senior Risk Management Consultant - Fair Lending

 

 

JOB DESCRIPTION:

 

Responsible for most complex risk analysis activities related to fair and responsible lending in a regulated financial services company environment. The position will be accountable for performing and supervising preparation of analytic projects within the fair lending risk management function, including disparate treatment and disparate impact analyses. Functions include constructing large data sets using multiple sources, developing statistical models used as part of overall compliance program, supervising, tracking validating, and documenting model results over time, and interacting with internal clients. The position requires statistical code programming mostly in (but not necessarily limited to) SAS. The successful candidates will be self-motivated, inquisitive, and computer literate with substantial SAS experience, with outstanding writing and presentation skills, including the ability to translate complex legal concepts into well- defined statistical tests. The position also requires a strong technical background and familiarity with the mortgage industry and bank regulatory environment, and will be responsible for hiring, training and supervising junior level professional staff.

 

 

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

 

Minimum Masters degree in analytic discipline (e.g., business, economics or statistics); Ph.D. preferred. Minimum 7 years experience developing statistical models from empirical data. Fluency in SAS statistical software, plus usual MS-Office tools (Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point). Some supervisory experience preferred; ability to grow into management role essential.

 

Position is located in the Midwest. Outstanding career opportunity and overall compensation/benefits package, including relocation.

 

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

 

Interested candidates should respond in confidence to:

 

CONTACT: Keith Albright, Partner

The Stevens Group

4612 Willow Bend Drive, Suite 101

Arlington, TX 76017

Tel: 817 423-2400

Fax: 817 887-5946

Email: MAILTO:keithalbright@thestevensgroup.com

 

 

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THE INTERNATIONAL FOOD POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE

 

Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow

(Ref #04-137)

 

 

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow to join a team developing a new research program on governance and policy processes related to poverty reduction and food and nutrition security. The position is a three-year, fixed- term, renewable appointment, based at IFPRI headquarters located in Washington, DC.

 

The new program will expand research by IFPRI that examines processes of food and nutrition policymaking and implementation, and their effects on poverty, food insecurity, and nutrition, principally in low-income countries. The successful candidate will assist in the development, implementation and dissemination of this research. Included among the different institutions and loci for research are the governance features of states, civil society and other non-governmental institutions that affect policy and public goods, including assessments of performance, capability, and politics. The Division seeks a person who will work both within the division and with other divisions at IFPRI to facilitate broad social science approaches to this research and complement standard economic models and research. The principal goal is to better identify the barriers and opportunities bearing upon food security by examining the broad context in which they occur, with special attention to features of governance and the process of policymaking. Topics addressed may relate to health, education, poverty, geography, natural resources, gender, or other factors that affect poverty, and food and nutrition security.

 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

 

- Analyze current governance and policy processes at international, national, sub-national, and local levels

- Design and collaborate on policy research and analysis in this area, working with economists, sociologists, political scientists, and nutritionists

- Building IFPRI's capacities, partnerships and networks in this area

- Identify and cultivate donor interest in this work, and write proposals for funding

 

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

 

- Ph.D. in Political Science, Sociology, Political Economy, Public Policy or closely related field

- Knowledge of international development issues and situations in less developed countries

- Research relevant to governance or policy processes

- Familiarity with and interest in qualitative and quantitative research methods and data analysis

- Ability to work across disciplines

- Excellent written and spoken English

 

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

 

- Capability to undertake and interest in action research

- Fluency in Spanish or French

 

 

ABOUT IFPRI:

 

IFPRI is one of the international agricultural research institutes organized under the umbrella of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The mandate of IFPRI is to identify and analyze alternative national and international strategies and policies for meeting world food needs in ways that conserve the natural resource base, with emphasis on low income and on the poorer groups in the countries.

 

IFPRI offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits.

 

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

 

Application Deadline:October 31, 2004

 

Email as attached word documents a detailed letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of at least three references to:

 

CONTACT: IFPRI HRS, REF. #04-137

2033 K Street, NW

Washington, DC 20006

Email: MAILTO:IFPRI-HRINTL@cgiar.org

 

Please include REF. #04-137 in the subject line.

 

IFPRI is an international and equal opportunity organization and believes that diversity of its staff contributes to excellence. We encourage women and developing country professionals to apply.

 

For more information on IFPRI, please visit our website at:

 

www.ifpri.org

 

EOE.

 

 

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THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

 

Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

 

Labour Economics and Social Policy Research Program

 

Research Fellow

Level B (Fixed Term2 years)

(Position No.: Y0013986)

 

Closing Date:27 August 2004

 

 

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE:

 

The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research is a research department within the Faculty of Economics and Commerce at the University of Melbourne and Australia's longest standing university research institute in the field of economics. The Melbourne Institute's activities cover a range of areas including research programs and publications in three major areas: labour economics and social policy, applied macroeconomics and applied microeconomics (including industrial economics, the economics of health and the economics of education).

 

As well as contributing strongly to the academic literature in economics, the Melbourne Institute has a long-standing tradition of working closely with business, government and community groups by providing research and consultancy services.

 

Clients of the Melbourne Institute include Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS), Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance, Westpac Banking Corporation, William M. Mercer Pty Ltd, ING and the Reserve Bank of Australia as well as the University of Melbourne.

 

Currently, the Melbourne Institute has a major research contract for social policy research with FaCS and is also responsible for running a longitudinal survey on Household and Income Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) for the Department of Family and Community Services. The Melbourne Institute has also been successful in winning substantial ARC funding. The Melbourne Institute also provides postgraduate education at Masters and PhD levels.

 

 

JOB DESCRIPTION:

 

A Research Fellow is required to provide research support on various projects within the Institute and especially within the Labour Economics and Social Policy Research Program.

 

The Research Fellow will be expected to be an enthusiastic economist with expertise in applied microeconomics and preferably with a strong interest in labour market and social policy issues. He/she will be expected to contribute to the research effort of the Melbourne Institute as a whole, so an ability to work on a teamwork basis is essential. There will be opportunity to develop further research expertise through participation in various projects and individual grant applications.

 

Salary:AUD,947-,999 p.a.

 

 

BACKGROUND/QUALIFICATIONS:

 

Essential:

- A PhD in economics or near completion or work equivalent.

- Statistical and applied economic expertise in the quantitative analysis of micro data.

- An ability to conduct independent economic research and assume responsibility for the development and completion of research papers.

- A strong interest in the operation of labour markets and in social policy issues.

- A track record in research and writing and the potential to develop further research expertise through various projects.

- An ability to work as part of a research team, and work with other members of staff to meet the aims and deadlines of a project.

 

Desirable:

- An ability to make independent or original contributions to the research program.

- Experience of research in the fields of labour economics or social policy.

- Familiarity with the analysis of panel data.

- Experience in supervising postgraduate research projects.

- Demonstrated ability to liaise with external clients in

government and business sectors.

 

 

APPLICATIONS/FURTHER INFORMATION:

 

Intending applicants are encouraged to download the position description which is available at:

 

www1.ecom.unimelb.edu.au/iaesrwww/posvac.html

 

Enquiries may also be made to:

 

CONTACT: Professor Mark Wooden

Director, HILDA and Labour Economics and

Social Policy Research Program

Tel: +61 3 8344 2089

Email: MAILTO:m.wooden@unimelb.edu.au

 

 

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