It depends. You are right to be concerned. But it depends on the extent of the interaction between the RA and the faculty member.
Iíve been wondering, if someone happens to get an RA position at J-PAL, who is the best person possible that will be able to write a good letter? Iím thinking that because the research is conducted away from Cambridge that despite working with J-PAL I wouldnít be able to get a letter from any top faculty. Is this about right?
That could be a real bummer if I go with the hope of a great letter and then get a mediocre one... maybe it's in general safer to go with smaller teams rather than a huge organization like J-PAL where the letter writers are known before getting started and the quality can be anticipated?
Im confused. Is this a hypothetical scenario or did you get accepted to work with j-pal (long distance)?
if it is a hypothetical scenario, there is no answer to your question. This all depends on factors like who your long distance supervisor is and what is their character like (e.g a warm person who is available for weekly skype sessions); and if they require you to visit cambridge once in a while for in-person meetings.
I would personally not apply to any RA postings unless they make it clear which faculty you would be working with. For some positions, groups of faculty hire multiple RA's, which is fine in my opinion (at least you know what the lower/upper bounds look like). The only exception to this would be non-university RA programs that consistently place into PhD programs (e.g. federal reserve positions)
Hi mathenomics, your advice is something I'm thinking to apply when the time comes to apply... could we also contact the people mentioned or implied before/after applying and see if they can give us more insight as to how the program will be structured, who we will be reporting to on a regular basis (maybe need to be careful with this one), and what we can hope to expect from the program? If this is not a taboo, then I think this will open more possibilities (including J-PAL) and provide more confidence during the hiring process...
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