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Research Assistant, Antitrust Policy

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)—the world’s top-ranked think tank for science and technology policy—seeks a research assistant to support ITIF’s work on a range of antitrust issues related to innovation-based economic policy. ITIF has long focused on this nexus of antitrust issues and now seeks to ramp up its program of activities. This is a permanent, full-time position.
Advancing the legacy of Joseph Schumpeter, ITIF recently launched the Schumpeter Project on Competition Policy for the Innovation Economy, an initiative to develop and promote dynamic, innovation-based antitrust policy. The research assistant will report to the director of ITIF’s Schumpeter Project. The research assistant will conduct research on a host of economic issues related to the current antitrust debates, including the role of large firms in innovation and competitiveness, trends in industrial concentration, and other issues, contributing to policy reports and articles, and authoring blog posts. The position will ideally be based in Washington, DC, but remote work is possible.
The ideal applicant will have a background in antitrust law and/or economics and be able to effectively conduct literature reviews, produce case commentaries, and write short briefs on antitrust debates in the United States and other leading economies.
The successful candidate will have the chance to contribute and help shape an exciting program of work on antitrust and innovation as part of a dynamic and committed team.
Essential Responsibilities
  • Support research on antitrust law and/or economics.
  • Conduct case analysis, literature review, research memos to actively contribute to policy reports, articles, and wider research projects.
  • Write blog posts on the law and economics of antitrust policy, with a particular focus on innovation.
  • Help organize events, expand the outreach of the Schumpeter Project.

  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience in law, economics, public policy, or political economy.
  • A particular interest in antitrust, competition and innovation policy debates.
  • Strong writing skills, especially an ability to review complex and interdisciplinary topics in the literature, an ability to analyze cases and policy guidelines.
  • Strong communication skills (work productively in a team environment and communicate clearly).
  • Keen interest in and support for technological innovation and innovation policy.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work on multiple projects concurrently is essential.

Salary and Benefits
Competitive salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a health benefits package, generous paid vacation, annual performance-based bonus, and public transportation benefit.

Application Process
 To apply for this position, please submit the following materials: 
  • Cover letter stating your specific interest and qualifications for the position. Resumes submitted without a tailored cover letter will not be considered.
  • Resume.
  • Writing sample, preferably on a topic related to antitrust, economic, or tech policy (2-3 pages max).

Applications will be considered until the position is filled (last updated December 10, 2021).