Research Assistant at The Brookings Institution

Posted in Research 18 days ago.

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Location: Washington, Washington DC

Job Description:

The Brookings Institution

Equal-Opportunity Employer: It is Brookings policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all of its employees and applicants without regard to their actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, citizenship status, family responsibilities, gender identity or expression, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, veteran status, or any other prohibited basis of discrimination as required by law.

Program Economic Studies
Job Funtion Research
Posted Date 2018-01-31
Job ID 2018-1708
Salary Commensurate with experience

The Research Assistant, Tax Policy Center undertakes in-depth research and policy analysis on a range of economic, health and social policy issues for a Senior Fellow. Duties include programming simulation, and statistical assistance to designated scholar(s), database collection and database management, and drafting materials and summarizing results for incorporation into working papers and publications. The Research Assistant will also provide administrative, project, and event support to the Tax Policy Center and Senior Fellow.

This position is entry-level and involves data analysis, verification of statistical and other material in manuscripts, statistical calculations, literature searches, and drafting written materials. This position offers no opportunity for independent research during the first year. This position is best suited for those who have received an undergraduate degree in Economics, Mathematics, or other social sciences with a minor in Economics. Preferred start date is between June 1 and August 1. The starting annual salary will be mid 40's.


Quantitative Analysis, Programming, and Statistical Support (45%)

  • Works jointly with senior scholars on research projects, including: preparing and revising programming code; simulation macros; database files; regression estimates; acquiring data; creating charts and graphs; developing statistical analysis; and other general research support activities.

  • Independently prepares tables and graphs output from model simulations.

  • Updates and checks existing databanks; assembles, consolidates, and checks data from new sources.

Research Support (20%)

  • In collaboration with senior research staff, drafts material summarizing research results on specific topics as assigned, for incorporation into working papers and project publications.

  • Provides analytical reviews and summaries of existing literature pertinent to the projects.

  • Locates, collects, and analyzes relevant documents and data from sources such as electronic databases, libraries, and government publications.

  • Compiles, reads, abstracts, and organizes written material into bibliographic form and summaries.

  • Maintains electronic bibliography files.

  • Assist with special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

Office and Administrative Support (20%)

  • Schedule scholar appointments and coordinate calendar. Make travel requests and process reimbursements.

  • Organize and maintain paper and electronic files.

  • Maintain detailed records of scholar's activities, including publications, meetings, media contacts, and boards. Update CV and publications on website.

  • Compose and edit letters, memoranda, papers, and other documents from verbal instructions or from notes.

  • Respond to social invitations, media requests, speaking engagement invitations, and other inquiries.

  • Collaborate with Communications departments of both Brookings and Urban Institute to ensure dissemination of project publications and event notices and day-of-event logistics.

Event Planning (10%)

  • Plan and organize public events, private seminars, Hill events, and other meetings as necessary.

  • Handle logistics and administrative arrangements.

  • Serve as liaison with hotel, caterers, and other vendors.

  • Correspond with authors and other meeting participants.

  • Draft letters, briefing materials and other documents for events and projects.

  • Draft contracts for authors and other contributors.

  • Initiate contract payments to authors, discussants, and other participants.

  • Complete post-conference responsibilities including assisting in the tracking and payment of expenses.

Communications and Outreach (5%)

  • Work with communication team to update relevant web pages, including writing and editing summaries of research projects.

  • Update web pages in support of the scholar's area of interest.

  • Conduct Internet searches for related information to support documentation presented in related Web Pages.

  • Gather related bibliographic, link and current event information in support of pages to be created for a scholar's topic area.

  • Correspond with collaborating researchers in other institutions.


Education/Skills/ Experience:

Bachelor's degree in Economics, Mathematics/Statistics, Public Policy, or other Social Sciences with a minor in Economics required. One year of job or internship experience in economics, policy research, and/or computer modeling preferred but not required. Competence to undertake research assignments with little supervision required.

Microsoft Office experience required (Word, Power Point, Excel). Strong computer skills and independent research experience required. Experience handling large data sets and models preferred. Experience with software such as SAS, STATA, and other econometric packages required. Superior organizational and interpersonal skills; ability to multi-task and complete tasks in a timely manner and with minimal supervision; ability to work on a team; initiative; discretion; mature judgment.

Application Procedure:

Applications will be accepted until February 16, 2018. No applications will be accepted after this date and incomplete applications will not be considered. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. We will make selections by mid-March.

A complete application will include ALL of following items:

  • Current resume

  • Cover letter

  • A copy of your latest undergraduate transcript (and a graduate transcript if applicable),

  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or past employers/supervisors.

Please submit your resume as instructed. Add your cover letter, letters of recommendation, and transcripts as separate attachments. (When you apply, the system will instruct you to attach your resume/cover letter as one attachment; please disregard and upload your cover letter separately under "Other Attachments.") Please include the job ID number (2018-1708) on all submitted materials. If preferred, confidential letters of recommendation and/or official transcripts may be sent directly to Jennifer Ambrosino at, however, the same deadline applies. Please contact her with any specific questions you may have.

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

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