Research Analyst

The Position:

The Tobin Project seeks an exceptional individual to join our collaborative and entrepreneurial team as a Research Analyst. Research Analysts work with leading scholars and Tobin Project leadership to conceptualize, generate, and strengthen new research and teaching aimed at solving important problems facing society and to advance efforts to expand Tobin’s impact. Research and writing will be centered on questions related to one or more of Tobin’s core research areas with our current inquiries on democracy and inequality likely to be primary topics of focus in the near term:

Democracy: What institutions – both formal and informal – have shaped the substance, process, and extent of democratic decision making, especially across American history?

Economic Inequality: What are the consequences of high or rising economic inequality on individuals’ decision making and behavior, and in turn what consequences to those impacts have on democracy, economy, and well being?


While roles evolve and expand, Research Analysts 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 in a substantive area.
  • Communicate with top scholars to develop potential directions for new projects and provide research support.
  • Collaborate with scholars to produce new pedagogical materials based on their research.
  • Assist in researching and developing strategy for the expansion of Tobin’s work.
  • 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 who is intellectually ambitious and possesses excellent writing skills, independent research and project management experience, and a passion for using rigorous research to better understand the world. We will consider applications from students with a background in a wide range of fields, including history, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, and other behavioral and social sciences.

How to Apply:

The Tobin Project is seeking candidates able to start by the summer of 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please email the following materials to

  • A cover letter discussing your interest and qualifications
  • A 1-2 page resume
  • All relevant 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.