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Research Associate

The Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law is seeking applicant for a Research Associate to assist with modeling projects related to energy, climate, and environmental policy. 

Research Associates at the Institute for Policy Integrity receive strong preparation for doctoral programs and for other analytical jobs in academia, consulting, industry, or programming. Their work may lead to published research in academic journals.

About the Institute for Policy Integrity:

Policy Integrity is a non‐partisan think tank housed at New York University School of Law, dedicated to improving the quality of government decisionmaking through legal advocacy and academic scholarship in the fields of law, economics, and public policy. Policy Integrity’s interdisciplinary mission focuses on the rational use of economic analysis in government decisionmaking and how tools like cost‐benefit analysis and economic modeling can improve policy design. Policy Integrity focuses on a range of issue areas, with a particular emphasis on federal‐ and state‐level energy and climate policies.


The Research Associate will  develop, maintain, modify, and apply electricity market and planning models, with guidance from senior staff members. This work will involve the ongoing development and support of simulation modeling in the electricity sector. Furthermore, the Research Associate will analyze modeling results and participate in developing papers, reports, and presentations based on the modeling outcomes. The Research Associate will also help with Policy Integrity’s modeling efforts in other sectors as needed.

The Research Associate will: 

  • Understand, use, update, and improve in-house optimization models used to plan electric transmission buildout and simulate future market outcomes;
  • Curate and update extensive input datasets;
  • Analyze, validate, visualize, and use model outputs;
  • Help write journal papers, memos, and presentations using these models;
  • Participate in other research or policy work as needed.

Policy Integrity is committed to a culture in which all people are welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate. We welcome and encourage applications from diverse applicants, and we consider multiple aspects of diversity.


We are looking for applicants with the following skills:

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in economics, engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, or a related field;
  • Relevant work experience is a plus but not required;
  • Ability to understand, use, maintain, modify, and add features to extensive models for transmission planning and electricity market outcomes written primarily in Python and Julia;
  • A basic understanding of convex and non-convex optimization models (preferred);
  • Knowledge of STATA (preferred);
  • Ability to work in a careful and conscientious manner;
  • Strong writing and communication skills.

Benefits and Terms of Employment:

In compliance with New York City’s Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $60,000 - $70,000. New York University considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.

We initially offer a one-year appointment, with the possibility of renewing for a second year. This position is not a Ph.D. level research position. This position is based in New York City and candidates must have authorization to work in the United States in-hand. This is a hybrid position that requires 3 days in the office per week and is not eligible for 100% remote work.

The full-time position is classified as a Research Scholar and includes an excellent, comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, retirement, tuition remission, and generous paid time off.  Information about benefits can be viewed here. Partial relocation assistance (exact amount based on distance) will be provided. Policy Integrity staff members also have access to academic enrichment opportunities at NYU School of Law, including some faculty workshops, colloquia, and other scholarly forums.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

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NYU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its recruitment and hiring process without regard to age, alienage, caregiver status, childbirth, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, domestic violence victim status, ethnicity, familial status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital status, military status, national origin, parental status, partnership status, predisposing genetic characteristics, pregnancy, race, religion, reproductive health decision making, sex, sexual orientation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

Sustainability Statement:

NYU aims to be among the greenest urban campuses in the country and carbon neutral by 2040. Learn more at

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit:

  • A cover letter detailing your interest in the position/organization and your relevant experience,
  • A resume or C.V.,
  • An original work sample of, or reference to, an empirical coding project (e.g., a link to a project on git-hub),
  • A brief statement (less than one page) on how your background or experiences would enhance the diversity, inclusivity, or perspectives of Policy Integrity,
  • The names and contact information of three references.

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

This position will remain open until filled.

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