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(Hybrid) Research Assistant Professor - Regional Research Institute

West Virginia University
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The RRI seeks applications for a Research Assistant Professor (RAP) with an 11-month annual appointment who will report to the RRI Director. The RAP will help conduct regional economic research on a wide range of topics relevant to the West Virginia University land grant mission. The qualified individual will be responsible for economic and statistical analyses using a variety of data sources and in developing manuscripts and presentations for use in disseminating the results to both academic and public audiences. The RAP will also supervise graduate and undergraduate students and develop new research projects and writing proposals for external funding. The RAP will have opportunities to collaborate with scholars at WVU and internationally, to attend conferences, and for networking. More information is available at

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Develop research topics and execute research projects
  • Conduct economic and statistical analyses using statistical software and a variety of data sources, including econometric and economic impact analysis
  • Lead and write proposals for external funding
  • Actively contribute to the RRI research team
  • Supervise undergraduate and graduate students
    • Provide technical assistance and general direction to students
  • Represent the RRI in meetings
  • Disseminate the research findings to both academic and public audiences
    • Attend and present results at regional, national, and/or international meetings.
    • Develop manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
    • Develop written materials and make presentations for public audiences


Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in regional economics or a related field or be ABD with completion of their Ph.D. by no later than January 1, 2025.


  • Research experience related to regional economics or regional science
  • Experience with STATA or R statistical packages and state-of-the art econometric analysis
  • Preference for experience with ArcGIS
  • Preference for experience with economic impact analysis
  • Education as noted above 

Please submit the following documents with application:

  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Transcripts
  • Research Paper
  • Names and Contact Information for 3 References

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests. 
From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley - the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position. 

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Creating an inclusive, engaged, and dynamic learning environment is core to WVU's academic mission. We welcome candidates who can contribute a range of ideas, approaches and experiences.

West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

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