• Senior Research Analyst (Job ID: 2019-2177)

    Posted Date 2 months ago(9/16/2019 5:13 PM)
    Global Economy and Development
    Job Function
    Job ID
    Commensurate with experience
  • Overview

    Join one of the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tanks!

    The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.


    We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.


    With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.


    The Global Economy and Development program at Brookings aims to shape the policy debate on how to improve global economic cooperation and fight global poverty and sources of social stress.  The program’s research agenda is related to policies and trends affecting developing countries including global poverty, universal education, the global middle class, fragile states, globalization, inequality, foreign assistance and development effectiveness.


    The Workforce of the Future Initiative of the program’s Center for Universal Education is searching for a Senior Research Analyst to join a dynamic team and work towards policy solutions at the intersection of industrial diversification, growth and worker mobility in times of technological disruption. Cities want sustainable growth. Companies seek productive labor. Individuals want good jobs. This initiative researches the growth and decline of industries and jobs at a local level to reform zero-sum narratives. Using network-based predictive analytics to anticipate structural market changes, we help policy makers drive growth in cities that can provide upward mobility for today’s workers in tomorrow’s global workplace.  We build online tools to visualize data analysis and inform policy making.


    This is a one year term appointment.



    Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


    The  Senior Research Analyst reports directly to the Senior Fellow and supports research activities and deliverables of the Workforce of the Future Initiative. Responsibilities include research, writing, data and statistical analysis related to a variety of potential fields: network science, industrial policy, labor and urban economics, among other topics related to understanding and building the workforce of the future. As an integral member of the research team, this person performs analysis with limited supervision and delivers high quality output in a timely manner. Analysts participate in the development, dissemination, and presentation of research findings to high level policy audiences. They contribute to publications and assist in the organization of meetings and events to disseminate research results. The project is looking for candidates with a background and expertise in any of these fields:


    • Industrial development - Familiar with strategies for places (cities or countries) and literature on specialization and industrial policy. Familiarity with industrial classification, country or city business surveys, and interest in growth and diversification.
    • Network analysis - Familiar with network science methods and their application to social sciences, economics and labor markets. Experience using networks to map and predict economic trends. Data visualization experience is a plus
    • Labor Economics – Experience estimating or projecting occupational demand using skills and occupational data sets in the U.S. or abroad. Familiarity with data sets such as ONET, OES, or other longitudinal surveys is a plus.

    Research Analysis  (70%)

    • Conducts empirical research and policy analysis on policies and trends.
    • Performs advanced, complex quantitative data analysis of large datasets and trends, utilizing econometric, network science and other statistical methods.
    • Creates and manages large datasets within Stata or R; writes complex code in Stata or R to operationalize analysis methodologies.
    • Creates tables, graphs, and other data visualizations that clearly communicate research findings.
    • Write high quality drafts of working papers and presentations based on the data work.
    • Documents data methodologies in detail for both internal use and publication.
    • Conducts literature reviews, monitors and analyzes relevant material from topical conferences, academic journals, and policy publications. Able to research government documents, institutional databases and reports from a wide variety of sources, including development organizations and NGOs.
    • Supports Senior Fellow with drafting, editing, and proof reading of research reports, policy briefs, articles, blogs, online visualizations and other published materials. 

    Research Support and Project Coordination (30%)


    • Attends events, project workshop conferences and seminars as needed and prepares content for presentations, summaries, and blogs.
    • Serves as point of contact for consultants working on case studies off site; respond to inquiries, review their draft reports.
    • Assists senior fellow with the organization of meetings and conferences.
    • Supports ad hoc requests for policy support, preparing fact sheets, briefing notes for internal and external trends, supporting Congressional testimonies, and other program needs.
    • Other administrative 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:

    Master’s degree in economics, international development, statistics, network science or related field required.   Strong academic record.   Minimum of three years of work experience in empirical research and quantitative data analysis, having excelled at econometrics and statistical coursework.  Experience and confidence manipulating and analyzing large datasets in Stata or R.  Some project coordination or project management experience is a plus.


    Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

    Ability to undertake research assignments with minimal supervision, and to conduct econometrics work independently. Knowledge of STATA, and knowledge of and/or experience using Python, Gephi (or other network visualization and analysis software), and ArcGIS is a plus. Familiarity with O*Net, OES, LEHD, or other workforce/labor related data is also a plus. Ability to handle large datasets.  Must have strong Microsoft Office skills, particularly Excel and PowerPoint. Knowledge of and keen interest in labor market mobility, skills gap analysis, and industry patterns. Strong verbal and written communication skills are required. Must be able to multi-task, work well under pressure, meet multiple deadlines with accuracy and enjoy a fast-paced work environment, be organized and detail-oriented. Ability to maintain a professional demeanor and high level of comfort working with high-profile individuals from government/NGO/international sectors. Cooperative attitude and flexibility and a good sense of humor; must be a team player.  Must be currently authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.


    Additional Information:


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


    Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.


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


    Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.






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