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Research Associate

The Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law is seeking applicants 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 extend, develop, 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 and the development of one or more new models. 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 need.


We are looking for applicants with the following skills:

  • An undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, computer science, economics, or a related field;
  • Basic understanding of convex and non-convex optimization models;
  • Software development in Python and Julia, familiarity with external numerical optimization libraries such as Gurobi or Cplex, and ability to learn additional languages as needed;
  • Ability to understand, use, maintain, modify, and add features to extensive models for transmission planning and electricity market outcomes;
  • Knowledge of STATA (preferred);
  • Ability to work in a careful and conscientious manner;
  • Strong writing and communication skills.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

To Apply:

Applicants should submit:

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

All materials should be submitted to Interfolio at this link:

We will review applications starting March 25th, 2024. The position will remain open until filled.