Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) is looking for a junior researcher / research assistant to support the development and management of the Comparative Panel File (CPF, www.cpfdata.com
). CPF is an innovative open science platform that allows users to combine data from the largest and longest-running household panel surveys. The open-source code integrates data from separate country surveys into one ready-to-analyze dataset.
You will be working on:
- Extending the project by adding new variables and new waves (working in the Stata statistical software)
- Updating the open-source code and documentation
- Advancing the synchronised open science platform and webpage
- Exploring opportunities to include new countries
You will work at the NIDI office in The Hague under the supervision of researchers who initiated the CPF, Matthijs Kalmijn and Konrad Turek. This position is particularly suitable for someone willing to explore the future career options in research, data-management and statistical programming, both in and outside of the academia. The project provides an excellent opportunity to familiarize yourself with the design and potential of the CPF data and the team can support you in initiating own research (e.g., for the future PhD). You will also be able to participate in meetings of the NIDI research groups, e.g., in the fields of migration and migrants, family, work and retirement.
CPF offers an open-source code that combines and harmonizes data from the largest and longest-running household panel surveys (currently seven countries: Australia, Germany, Great Britain, South Korea, Russia, Switzerland, United States). The project aims to support communication and cooperation among researchers who apply and develop the CPF code. It is organised as an open science platform that integrates tools for general communication (online forum), code development (GitHub) and general management of scientific research (Open Science Framework). CPF is the first fully open harmonization initiative of this type in the social sciences. It allows new research applications, provides solutions for comparability problems, supports replicable science, simplifies the harmonization, and reduces data preparation time. The latest CPF version 1.4 contains 2.8 million observations from 370 thousand respondents and covers the period from 1968 until 2019, with up to 41 panel waves per respondent.