Research Associate

Federal Reserve Bank Kansas City , MO 64126

Posted 2 months ago

The Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is recruiting for the position of Research Associate (RA). The Department conducts innovative analysis and research on a variety of topics, including international trade, macroeconomics, monetary policy, labor economics, banking, payments, and regional economics. The Department has openings for RAs to start early 2021 to mid-summer 2021.

This is an excellent position for someone who is passionate about research and considering a Ph.D. in economics. RAs develop technical skills, such as programming and working in a High-Performance Computing environment, and are exposed to a broad range of economic research topics. Most RAs stay with the department for two to three years, at which point many return to graduate school. RAs have gone on to Ph.D. programs at Boston College, Columbia University, New York University, Stanford University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, and University of Wisconsin.

Key Activities:

  • Working with Ph.D. economists on policy briefings and academic research projects.

  • Gathering and analyzing data, programming economic models, and preparing charts for presentations on economic and financial conditions.

  • More experienced RAs participate in econometric or theoretical research, write for Bank publications, and deliver speeches to civic and educational groups.

Required Education and Skills:
  • Bachelor's or master's degree in economics or a closely related field, such as statistics, mathematics, or computer science.

  • Coursework or experience in economics required; coursework or experience in econometrics, mathematics, statistics, and computer science highly desirable.

  • Proficiency in programming languages and statistical software packages, such as Stata or Matlab highly desirable.

  • Strong academic record.

  • Experience with empirical research and data analysis highly desirable.

To Apply:

  • Please attach a resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcript copy. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • These positions are not eligible for sponsorship.

  • Please apply between September 15, 2020 and October 30, 2020 to be considered. We will review applications on a rolling basis, so applying early is recommended.

  • Applications will be pre-screened prior to interview selections. You will receive notification if you have been selected for a phone interview.

For more information on the Economic Research Department and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, please visit us on the web at

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We [Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City] are committed to building a diverse workplace, and are continually striving to achieve this goal. As such, we provide equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or genetic information.

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