Research Assistant: Foreign and Defense Policy; Defense Budget Simulator

Washington, D.C
Sep 14, 2020
Sep 17, 2020
Full Time
The American Enterprise Institute seeks a full-time research assistant to support the development and maintenance of a comprehensive defense-spending simulator and work on issues related to the US defense budget.

Primary responsibilities include quantitative research related to the US defense budget and military force structure, collecting and analyzing data for the defense budget simulator, and supporting wargames and conferences that employ the budget simulator. Additional responsibilities include organizing and coordinating public and private events with high-level interlocutors and conducting outreach at the direction of scholars.

The ideal candidate has a background in data management or other statistical fields as well as a demonstrated familiarity with US defense budgeting and other defense issues. Candidates must also excel at administrative support and be comfortable preparing a principal for frequent briefings with government, media, and military personnel on defense budgets, American force structure, and the legislative political dynamics pertaining to national defense. Working knowledge of Python or R is required. A background with MySQL or SQL query writing experience is preferred, but not required.

When preparing your application, please include a resume, cover letter, a general writing sample, transcript (for undergraduate and graduate work, if applicable), and a research sample, to consist of ONE of the following:
  • An excel sheet you produced; or
  • A graphic/data visualization you produced.

About AEI

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world. The work of its scholars and staff advances ideas rooted in a belief in democracy, free enterprise, American strength and global leadership, solidarity with those at the periphery of our society, and a pluralistic, entrepreneurial culture.

AEI is committed to making the intellectual, moral, and practical case for expanding freedom, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening the free enterprise system in America and around the world. Its work explores ideas that further these goals, and AEI scholars take part in this pursuit with academic freedom. AEI operates independently of any political party and has no institutional positions. Its scholars' conclusions are fueled by rigorous, data-driven research and broad-ranging evidence.

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