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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.
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This is a one-year termed appointment.
Please note: This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office. In response to COVID-19, Brookings staff are temporarily teleworking. The person hired for this position must be willing to move to or currently reside in Washington DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia by their date of hire.
Ready to contribute to Brookings success?
The Senior Research Assistant provides research assistance and administrative support in the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings. The Senior Research Assistant conducts high-quality research on public policy issues; organizes and analyzes large datasets; identifies appropriate data sources and responds to statistical/analytical queries from senior research staff; prepares tables, maps, graphics, and presentations on Program’s research findings; provides literature reviews and background memoranda. As needed, the Senior Research Assistant also oversees scheduling logistics and other administrative duties.
Research Assistance (60%)
Writing and Editing (30%)
Administrative Support (10%)
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:
Bachelor’s degree in geography, public policy, or related field required. Experience managing and manipulating multiple, large-scale datasets and delivering quality research preferred. Master’s degree and/or work experience in an environment that demands excellence preferred. Minimum of two years professional work experience in fast-paced, policy-oriented environment required. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.
Strong interest in human geography and/or urban issues; high-level proficiency in Excel and R required; capacity to quickly master new analytical methods and related software a must. Must also possess clear writing skills. Must be comfortable taking initiative, operationalizing big-picture direction into specific research actions, methods, and project components, paying attention to detail, and working in an ever-evolving policy environment. Knowledge of GIS mapping, Python, and/or PowerPoint preferred; demonstrated ability to undertake research assignments with limited supervision is a plus.
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. Please note: if you have applied to more than one Brookings job opening you should add a position-specific cover letter as a separate attachment.
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