Research Assistant, Antitrust Policy

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) Research assistant
Location Washington, D.C.
Application deadline 22 November 2023
Contract type Permanent
Hours Full-time
Salary Competitive salary
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Brief description of organisation

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.

Brief description of role

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.

Key roles and 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.

Experience and skills

  • 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.