The Jain Family Institute

Labor Economics Research Fellow

Labor Economics Research Fellow

New York // Part Time // Research


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.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $15,000 for approximately 20–30 hours per week over six months. Those interested should send a CV or résumé with contact information, a letter of interest, and writing sample or project to

The preferred due date is January 10, 2019, after which we will accept applications on a rolling basis. Selected candidates will be invited to an in-person interview and test in our Manhattan office in January.


Time commitment: approximately 20–30 hours per week

Attendance: one to two times weekly, at meetings in our SoHo office.

Confidentiality: as needed

The fellow's tasks will include:

  • Reviewing literature on computational models for income forecasting

  • Developing novel models using multiple datasets

  • Performing sensitivity analysis and testing

  • Working with the research team to integrate their research questions and findings into the existing codebases

  • Highlighting areas where labor economics informs other work

  • Communicating findings to non-specialist audiences


Required Skills And Qualifications

  • Graduate work in economic theory, economics of labor and computational economics

  • Experience working with panel datasets and survey data

  • Familiarity with common economic datasets including ACS, PSID, IPUMS, and NLSY

  • Strong skill with use of Python, STATA and/or R for analysis and modelling with a strong preference for Python

  • Ability to work independently and with teams

  • A love of rigorous research and reasoned debate

Helpful Skills And Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience as research assistant or comparable experience in applied research

  • A stipend of $15,000, paid in semi-monthly installments of $1250

  • The possibility of publishing new research

  • Opportunities to meet with scholars and policy experts

  • Dependent upon success of the project, the fellowship may be extended a further six months.


The Jain Family Institute is a research incubator that builds promising ideas into real-world pilots. Our work investigates and influences the structural forces that affect the way people live, work, and learn. Our team collaborates with industry, government, and academia to pilot scalable, high-impact interventions.

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