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Research Assistant
Federal Reserve Bank | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Job Description

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia is one of the 12 regional Reserve Banks that, together with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the Federal Reserve System. It helps formulate and implement monetary policy, supervises banks and bank and savings and loan holding companies, and provides financial services to depository institutions and the federal government. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia serves eastern and central Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware.

Research assistants (RAs) play a key role in the Economic Research Department. Whether they are helping economists prepare briefings on current monetary policy issues, working on economic forecasts, writing some of our newsletters on economic conditions, or analyzing data for long-term research projects, RAs are an essential part of our team. The department is organized into four sections: Macroeconomics, Banking, Consumer Finance Institute, and Regional/Microeconomics. Within these sections, our economists conduct innovative research on monetary policy, macroeconomics, banking and finance, financial services regulation, payments, regional and urban economics, and other aspects of central banking. By working with economists on these research projects, RAs fully experience all stages of the economic research process.

Our department prides itself on its collegial atmosphere. RAs help one another develop their statistical, data, and programming skills. Our economists collaborate on research with academic and central bank colleagues from around the world; as a result, so do our research assistants.

The assignments in the Economic Research Department offer our RAs a number of ways to increase their knowledge of economics and their analytical skills. Moreover, RAs have access to a number of training and education opportunities, including courses in computer software and programming languages, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in economics, statistics, and mathematics.

Working as a RA at the Philadelphia Fed is a rewarding experience, whichever career path you ultimately choose to pursue. Our RAs have gone on to top graduate schools in economics, public policy and law; some have found opportunities in other departments in the Bank; and others have moved into higher positions within the Economic Research Department.

RAs typically work at the Philadelphia Fed for two to three years before continuing on to graduate programs or other careers in economics or related fields.

To Apply:

Please attach your resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcript.

Qualifications:

Undergraduate or graduate degree in economics, mathematics, or statistics

Coursework in econometrics or advanced statistics

Programming experience, preferably in SAS, STATA, R, and/or Matlab

Responsibilities include:

Assisting economists with statistical and econometric analysis for long-term, academically oriented research projects

Assisting economists with reports and presentations on current economic and financial conditions for pre-FOMC briefings

Producing various Bank publications for public consumption

On a day-to-day basis, RAs are expected to:

Identify and collect data or other information from academic journals, market sources, and government reports

Write computer programs using statistical software such as SAS, Stata, and Matlab

Review, organize, and analyze economic and financial data

Write or help prepare reports and presentations in the form of graphs or tables

Other Requirements:

Applicants must be able to provide work authorization to prove their eligibility to work in the United States.

An applicant for employment also must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or hold a permanent resident/green card with intent to become a U.S. Citizen.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia believes that diversity and inclusion among our employees is critical to our success as an organization, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

About Federal Reserve Bank

The Federal Reserve Banks offer a full range of financial services including FedCash, Check including FedForward, FedReturn and FedReceipt, FedImage Services, FedACH, Fedwire Funds Service, Fedwire Securities Service and National Settlement Service. In addition, the Federal Reserve Banks offers services designed to support the use of Financial Services, including Account Management Information and Service Charge Information.

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