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Work with JFI 

The Jain Family Institute typically hires research fellows for the fall and spring semesters, but we accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. If you feel an affinity for our work and have a strong background or interest in higher education finance, digital ethics, guaranteed income, or, more broadly, economics, policy, finance, and the social sciences, we’d love to hear from you, even if there is no specific job listing active. Send your CV and a few paragraphs about your background and interest at jfi@jainfamilyinstitute.org.


Editorial Fellow

The Jain Family Institute is seeking a fellow to assist with the publication of our blog and weekly newsletter, and with the development of our external communications program. Our publishing and research primarily concern our current projects, which include digital ethics, universal basic income, higher education finance, and metaresearch.

The ideal candidate will be a graduate student or recent college graduate in a field related to JFI’s work, with wide-ranging interest in all forms of intellectual activity and a passion for interdisciplinary engagement and social impact. Knowledge of economics, social science, or philosophy is extremely helpful for this role. JFI’s editorial work is growing quickly, and a self-starting, creative, and resourceful approach is crucial. You will be joining a team of generalist-practitioners with backgrounds in policy and academia.

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Project Lead: Income Share Agreements

JFI is seeking Project Lead to join our project on Income Share Agreements (ISAs), a new financial product aimed at accelerating economic mobility and ameliorating the burdens of student debt (for further reference, see our site). The Project Lead will work on a core team of staff and fellows who are dedicated to catalyzing a large, vibrant, and viable market for ISAs. This will include supporting consulting engagements with educational institutions (of many types and scales) that are building ISA pilots; contributing to research in economics, finance, and public policy; and coordinating the internal operations of a dynamic team of researchers and operators all working to advance the ISA market. The Project Lead will work closely with Better Future Forward, an ISA servicer that was spun out of JFI in 2016. The ideal candidate for the Project Lead position has project management experience, either in consulting, finance, or the public sector.

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Economic Research Fellow

The Jain Family Institute is seeking a PhD candidate or masters graduate with a strong background in econometrics, development and experimental economics. This researcher will support our work with cities on designing and piloting basic income policies.

The research team at JFI is examining the effects of Universal Basic Income as a policy alternative to improve economic, social and psychological wellbeing. JFI is developing experimental pilot designs to examine effects of an unconditional cash transfer on consumption, labor, social interactions and wellbeing for city governments in the United States.

JFI seeks a research fellow in economics to support the team in building experimental and quasi experimental pilots for our city government partners. The research fellow will join a small team of researchers in economics, public policy and political science. The fellow will work closely with JFI’s Lead Researcher and the Basic Income research team.

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Labor Economics Research Fellow

The Jain Family Institute is seeking a PhD candidate or master’s graduate as a research fellow in labor economics to support our team’s research into higher-education financing and the future of work. The ideal candidate has a background in economic theory, modeling, and simulation, with a focus on labor and income. She or he will be joining an interdisciplinary team of researchers with backgrounds in philosophy, physics, economics, social science, and data science.

JFI is an applied social science research organization. Our work investigates and influences the structural forces of society. Our interdisciplinary team collaborates with industry, government, and academia to pilot scalable, high-impact interventions.

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Statistics Fellow

The Jain Family Institute (JFI) is seeking a PhD candidate or a masters graduate with a strong background in statistical inference, sampling, probability and computational statistics as a Research Fellow. This researcher will support our work exploring alternative forms of higher education financing and the effects of basic income policies.

JFI seeks a research fellow in statistics to lead the work in the sampling techniques used to estimate the economic outcomes of students, the performance of individual academic programs, and the impact of macroeconomic forces on student outcomes, to support our academic publishing project on the returns to higher education and inform how we structure higher education financing. The Research Fellow will also support the team in the experimental sampling design for the Basic Income initiative. The research fellow will join a small team of researchers in computational mathematics and economics. The fellow will work closely with JFI’s Director of Research and JFI’s Lead Researcher for the Income Share Agreements and Basic Income initiatives.

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Project Lead: Basic Income

JFI is seeking a project lead to join our research initiative on Basic Income. The project lead will work with team of core staff and research fellows who are conducting in-depth research, designing pilots, and working with external partners across the US towards developing an evidence-based framework for evaluating and testing basic income and related policies.

JFI is an applied social science research organization. Our work investigates and influences the structural forces of society. Our interdisciplinary team collaborates with industry, government, and academia to pilot scalable, high-impact interventions.

The ideal candidate has project management experience in the nonprofit, consulting, or public sectors, and an interest and skills in research design, implementation, and management.

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Contributing Writer

The Jain Family Institute is seeking contributions to our blog, The Phenomenal World. We publish on a wide range of topics—from JFI’s project areas (digital ethics, higher education finance, universal basic income, and metaresearch) to topics in the social sciences, philosophy, and economic history. (To give you a sense of our interests, some of our favorite blogs include Steve Randy Waldman’s Interfluidity, Cathy O’Neil’s Mathbabe, Beatrice Cherrier’s The Undercover Historian, Economic History Society’s The Long Run, Pseudoerasmus, and so on.) We also have data visualization capacity and are eager to work with you to create interactive datasets and explorable explanations. We prefer posts around 2,000 words. If you’ve read the blog and feel your work might be a good fit, please email editorial@jainfamilyinstitute.org with a couple of paragraphs about yourself, the post you’d like to write, why you believe it is a good fit for the Phenomenal World, and what references you plan to use. Accepted posts are compensated.