Post-Doctoral Fellow, Global Economy and Development (Job ID: 2020-2306)

Posted Date 3 months ago(4/17/2020 10:55 AM)
Global Economy and Development
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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 project of this program at Brookings is seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow  to support or conduct new research and inform policy at the intersection of industrial development, worker mobility, and urban growth in times of technological disruption. This project researches the growth and decline of industries and worker transitions at a local level to provide regional policymakers with practical tools and explore well-trodden paths to economic mobility.


This is a one-year termed appointment, with a possibility of extension for one additional year, depending on available funding.


Please note:This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office. In response to COVID-19, Brookings staff are temporarily teleworking through September 7, 2020. Once the Brookings' office reopens, the person hired for this position is expected to work in the Brookings Washington, DC office.


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


The Post-Doctoral Fellow will add to a team conducting research and building data-driven solutions that help policymakers catalyze worker mobility and inclusive growth, drawing from a variety of fields: network science, industrial organization, labor and urban economics. The ideal candidate will have experience in data analytics, econometric techniques, applied research and an interest in engaging with policymakers. Preference will be given to candidates who can share a portfolio of static and interactive data visualizations and who have demonstrated expertise in at least one of the following areas:


  • Regional economic development – industrial specialization and diversification, industrial policy, urban growth, and regional development strategies.
  • Network analysis and mapping - network science methods and their application to social sciences, economics and labor markets; experience using networks to map and predict economic or social trends.
  • Labor Economics– particularly as it relates to urban policy; experience with wage, skill, occupation or employment datasets in the U.S. or abroad such as O*NET, OES, CPS, NLSY, LEFD, or other public databases


Research and Policy Development ( 80%)                               

  • Engage in advanced study and research on the future of the workforce, to understand and map the industrial development paths of U.S. cities, identify opportunities for worker mobility, and inform and asses various policies for inclusive regional development.
  • Disseminate research findings through the publication of independent or co-authored pieces in various publication outlets such as academic journals, policy reports and briefs, newspapers, and blogs.
  • Track and monitor current events, policy analysis papers, and government activities as they pertain to the research topic.
  • Participate and present research in relevant conferences, seminars, and meetings.
  • Provide strategic planning support, including drafting sections of project proposals, as needed.

Project Support and Strategic Engagement (20%)                               

  • Respond to requests from media, external stakeholders and regional partners for data analysis and research implications.
  • Identify and coordinate with local leaders to translate research findings into actionable policy recommendations and innovative workforce development interventions
  • Assist Senior Fellow with presentations, event preparation, and other research-related tasks as needed.


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:

Ph.D. in Economics, Statistics, Computer Science, Public Policy, Sociology or related social science field with a minimum of five years of relevant research experience required. Familiarity with key sources of economic data and core scholarship on urban, labor, or social policy. Proven competence to undertake research assignments with little or no supervision. Proven publication record. Demonstrated experience engaging policymakers. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Strong knowledge, work experience, and established interest in network science, industrial organization, labor and urban economics, or global economic development. Demonstrated interest in public policy and strong potential for policy impact. Strong written, research, and oral communications skills required; high functionality in Microsoft Office software package and proven expertise in economic/statistical software such as R, Stata, SAS, required.  Must be able to present research work in a cogent style consistent with standards for Brookings and the field. Ability to meet rapid, multiple deadlines in a fast-paced work environment. Professional demeanor, high level of comfort working in a culturally-diverse environment, and with high-profile individuals from academic, policy, corporate, government, and international circles.  Ability to work well under pressure with discretion and mature judgment. 


Additional Information:


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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