State Policy Network

Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Research Analyst

  • Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Virtual
  • Application Deadline: September 17, 2020


EEO Statement: We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you have experience with a variety of programming languages, knowledge of database engines, and an interest in healthcare policy, read on to learn more about your next career opportunity. In this role, you’ll provide computer programming, data analysis, and research support to key Open Health research products and researchers to advance the team’s mission of advancing a free and prosperous society.

Role Responsibilities 

  • Develop and maintain algorithms to further the team’s mission while ensuring continuous efficiency and usability
  • Provide and maintain documentation of data products, algorithms, and processes
  • Lead assigned data development projects, including review and implementation of new methodologies and web portals
  • Follow data science practices in the development of data products
  • Develop analytic products including data visualizations, reports, and analyses
  • Write first drafts of research products to be co-authored with other scholars
  • Identify relevant data from external sources for use in research and other data products
  • Build unified dataset from internal and extant data sources
  • Research relevant data science industry trends, methodologies, and practices

Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience with a variety of programming languages, including Python, R, Java, JavaScript
  • Experience or knowledge of SQL and other database engines such as PostgreSQL, MySQL
  • Experience with machine learning, particularly natural language processing
  • Experience with code management tools such as Git
  • Familiarity with data visualization tools, including Tableau, R Shiny, matplotlib
  • Experience with AWS or other cloud platforms
  • Strong applied statistical skills
  • Firm grasp of data visualization best practices
  • Familiarity and experience with healthcare policy
  • Strong writing skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to learn new and apply new concepts and tools quickly
  • Possess the drive to self-start and take ownership of products
  • Knowledge of fundamental computing concepts
  • Experience working with teams
  • Strong understanding of economics, especially in application to public policy
  • Experience curating healthcare data from multiple sources
  • Experience writing reports

Employee Benefits

Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. In addition, Mercatus provides excellent benefits to all individual employees, including full health and dental coverage, flexible spending accounts, long-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement savings program, parking/travel benefits, and twelve free credits per year at George Mason University.

About the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

For 40 years, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has been the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. A university-based research center, Mercatus works to advance knowledge about how markets work to improve our lives by training graduate students, conducting research, and applying sound economics to offer solutions to society’s most pressing problems.

This job can be virtual.

How to apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume through our online application process. Your cover letter must indicate your interest in the Mercatus Center’s mission.

Mercatus Center at George Mason University
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