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The preferred start date for this position is summer 2022.


Candidates who are graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 2022, and are interested in a position starting summer 2022, are encouraged to instead apply to the Research Assistant (Job: 2021-2788) position, posted here.


The Research Analyst undertakes joint in-depth research assignments with senior fellows, on such topics as current issues in monetary policy, the causes and consequences of the 2008 financial crisis and the 2020 pandemic, fiscal policy, and health economics. Performs complex and high-quality research and quantitative data analysis with little supervision. Stays abreast of research and policy developments. Communicates with outside and inside authors; periodically assists with events.


Research Analysis (45%)

  • Independently analyze complex data, using statistical packages and spreadsheets. Suggest new methods, models, and questions for research. Identify best methods for distilling and presenting the results; produces relevant charts and tables.
  • Identify, collect, and organize economic data and documents from various sources including electronic databases, libraries, and government documents. Identify trends and policy implications on specific topics as assigned, to be incorporated into working papers and published materials.
  • Condense speeches by Federal Reserve policymakers into digests for senior researchers.
  • Provides independent analysis and summary of data. Compiles, reads, and provides analytical reviews and summaries of diverse existing literature pertinent to assigned topic.
  • Mentor and provide guidance on work of research assistants on selected projects.
  • Partner with scholars to help identify areas of policy research and analysis to be examined.

Writing and Editing (45%)

  • Independently develop detailed outlines and high quality first drafts of papers or sections of papers and work closely with senior research staff through the publication process.
  • Help adapt papers to reach various audiences through summaries, blog posts, data visualization, and other methods.
  • Co-author papers and blog posts with senior research staff.
  • Communicate with collaborating researchers internally and in other institutions.

Center Support (10%)

  • Assist Hutchins Center leadership with day-to-day activities of the Center, including research, policy, outreach, scheduling, and other activities as assigned.
  • Assist with Hutchins Center events as needed, including meeting preparation, calendar support, and logistics for public events, private roundtables, and additional activities.
  • Participate in relevant conferences, seminars, meetings, and briefings initiated by Center; serves as a Center liaison and note taker, writing summary reports as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:


Education/Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Mathematics/Statistics, Public Policy, or other Social Sciences with a minor in Economics, required. Minimum of two years of relevant experience with research and advanced quantitative data analysis required; experience can come from prior employment, internship, or applicable undergraduate/graduate work. Masters in similar fields or work experience in economics and/or computer modeling strongly preferred. Demonstrated ability and competence to undertake in-depth research assignments and perform complex research and data analysis with little supervision. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Interest in monetary policy essential; familiarity with federal budget issues desired; familiarity with sources of data and literature in one or more of these areas preferred. Professional demeanor and high level of comfort working with distinguished scholars and high-profile individuals from government/international organizations. Basic knowledge of software packages such as Word and Excel. Experience with software such as STATA, R, or other econometric packages required. Experience handling large data sets and models preferred. Experience with web coding/scripting (such as JavaScript, HTML, and CSS), and database management (such as SQL, Microsoft Access, etc.) preferred. Independent research experience preferred. Excellent verbal, written, and communication skills. Ability to meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced work environment. Ability to work well under pressure with minimal supervision, discretion, and mature judgment.


Application Procedure:


Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. Important note: if you have applied to more than one Brookings job opening you must add a position-specific cover letter as a separate attachment. Additionally, please include a copy of your latest undergraduate transcript (unofficial).


Please save your uploaded documents in the following format: First Name Last Name JOB ID Document Name. 



Additional Information:


What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.


Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.


Brookings welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms. We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers, and other factors protected by lawBrookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.