Research Fellow - Public Finance

Job Code: B27890
Location: USA – CA, San Francisco or Sacramento
Job #: 201804
# of openings: 1

Description –

PPIC research fellows contribute directly to the mission of the Public Policy Institute of California. They are highly trained professionals with strong quantitative and analytical skills and with a driving interest in using those skills to create and communicate knowledge that informs California’s policymaking processes.


PPIC aims to recruit a research fellow with a background and strong interest in Public Finance, who is able to demonstrate significant interest in connecting research to policymaking. Ideally, the candidate will bring substantive knowledge and interest in state budgeting, taxes, public pensions, fiscal reforms, and the federal/state/local fiscal relationship in California. The successful candidate also will demonstrate an ability to independently conduct policy research in these public finance areas as well as work with PPIC researchers to apply public finance principles in other policy areas, including K12 and Higher Education Policy, Health and Human Services Policy, and Corrections and Criminal Justice Policy.

Successful candidates for the position will bring excellent skills in quantitative research, qualitative research, writing, external policy engagement, and communications, as well as a Ph.D. in demography, economics, education policy, health policy, political science, public policy, sociology, or a related discipline.

We seek applicants at various stages in their careers, from recent Ph.D. graduates to mid-career and senior level researchers. While a background in California policy research is an advantage, we also seek applicants with federal or other state-level research experience that could be translated to the California context.

PPIC offers a collaborative, intellectually stimulating, impactful work environment with a competitive compensation and benefits package. The position is based in PPIC’s San Francisco or Sacramento office.

PPIC values the wide variety of backgrounds and experiences of our research staff. Key elements in the consideration of qualified candidates include excellence; diversity of talents, backgrounds, and viewpoints; and a strong fit with the institute’s mission, values, and goals.

To Apply

Please submit your application letter, your C.V., a brief writing sample, and the names and contact information of three references. References will not be contacted without your prior approval. Applications will be considered as they are received and until the position has been filled. Please note in your letter if you plan to attend ASA, APSA, APPAM, or AEA. APPAM attendees should submit their material by October 15th and AEA attendees should do so by November 15th.

As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, PPIC is committed to excellence through diversity. We encourage women and members of minority groups to apply.

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