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  • Graduating seniors or those who graduated in the last 2 years
  • Targeted at undergraduates

Two-year program to support cutting-edge research within the Office of Research

After two years, many RA’s may be extended, or will go onto graduate school

What we’re looking for?


  • Interest in public service or consumer finance
  • Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, or Behavioral/Cognitive Research coursework
  • R, SAS, or STATA experience

DIVISION/OFFICE: Research, Markets, & Regulations – Research

CLOSING DATE: Feb. 18, 2022

LOCATION: Washington, DC

ALARY: $48,106–117,762

WHO MAY APPLY: Open to All US Citizens (Excepted service – Term Only)


This position is located at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of Research. As a Research Assistant, you will collect and analyze data from primary sources, develop reliable reports, and prepare economic, statistical, or financial analyses on well-defined questions to support research, policy development, and rule-making activities throughout the Division of Research, Markets and Regulations.


The following are the duties of this position at the CN-51, broadly equivalent to the GS-11. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

  • Develop and maintain shared databases; manage the timeliness and integrity of data; maintain documentation of database contents and data flows to ensure that future verification and reproduction of results can take place, coordinating activities of others as needed; produce reports and provide information on database contents to support the requirements of management, data maintainers, and data user.
  • Apply a variety of economic and statistical analysis and modeling techniques that are used by economists, psychologists, and statisticians for research. Perform straightforward mathematical and statistical calculations to support research and monitoring of policy developments.
  • Develop expertise in straightforward statistical sampling and modeling to provide technical assistance to researchers and policy analysts. Monitor and report on current developments in assigned consumer financial area.
  • Make modifications in existing data gathering and statistical reporting procedures and assists in review and adoption of new procedures, applying in-depth knowledge of the source data and data manipulation techniques. Seek out innovative, new sources of data to improve quality of analysis and incorporates them into analysis.