Economic Inequality Research Analyst

The Position:

The Tobin Project seeks an exceptional individual to join our collaborative and entrepreneurial team as a Research Analyst focused on our Economic Inequality and Decision Making Initiative. The Research Analyst will work with leading social scientists and Tobin Project leadership to conceptualize, generate, and strengthen new research on the effects of economic inequality on individual behavior and decision making. Research Analysts receive a competitive non-profit salary and generous benefit package and work as part of Tobin’s small, mission-driven staff from an office in the heart of Harvard Square.


While roles evolve and expand, Research Analyst typically:

  • Manage long-term research inquiries, from conception to publication.
  • Conduct research to facilitate ongoing projects and ground new inquiries.
  • Evaluate current scholarship to gain expertise within a substantive area.
  • Communicate with top scholars to develop potential directions for new projects and provide strategic research support.
  • Work with the Tobin team to design and organize academic meetings and conferences.
  • Contribute to a creative and dynamic work environment.


Our ideal candidate is a talented college graduate with a background in or familiarity with behavioral social science, including economics, psychology, sociology, and/or political science, excellent writing skills, and independent research and project management experience. We are seeking an intellectually ambitious and curious individual with a passion for understanding how social phenomena shape human behavior.

How to Apply:

The Tobin Project is seeking candidates able to start in the summer of 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2017. To apply, please email the following materials to

  • A cover letter discussing your interest and qualifications
  • A 1-2 page resume
  • All academic transcripts (unofficial versions are acceptable)
  • A writing sample

Please note that writing samples constitute a large part of the decision making process. Please submit a complete piece of written work (not an excerpt) that marshals evidence in support of an argument. There is no page limit and no need to tailor the topic of discussion to Tobin’s research inquiries. Writing samples will be evaluated for clarity of reasoning and style.

About the Tobin Project:

The Tobin Project is a non-profit, non-partisan research organization seeking to catalyze innovative scholarship on major, real world problems, from rising economic inequality to threats to national security. Inspired by Professor James Tobin’s belief that scholars have a vital role to play in the public sphere, Tobin works with a network of several hundred scholars, from Nobel Laureates to top graduate students, along with policymakers at the highest levels of government, to generate pioneering research on some of the most pressing problems facing America and the world today.

The Tobin Project is an equal opportunity employer.