Job Description

Job Title: Quantitative Policy Researcher
Job ID: 4669
Location: Multiple locations
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular


Quantitative Policy Researcher

Overview of RAND

The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. RAND’s research and analysis address issues that impact people everywhere, including security, health, education, sustainability, growth, and development. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, RAND has close to 1,800 people from approximately 50 countries working in offices in North America, Europe, and Australia, with annual revenues of more than $308 million.

RAND is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and committed to the public interest.  Our research is sponsored by government agencies, charitable trusts, and community nonprofits. In addition, we rely on philanthropic support to pursue visionary ideas; address critical problems that are under-researched; shape emerging policy debates; and devise innovative approaches for solving acute, complex, or provocative policy challenges. RAND values objectivity and integrity in both its research processes and internal interactions. We emphasize a collegial environment that respects the contributions and dignity of all staff.

Position Description

RAND is seeking applicants at all levels of experience for Quantitative Policy Research positions in our Pittsburgh, PA, Santa Monica, CA, Washington, DC, and Boston, MA offices. Policy Researchers at RAND work across all RAND research areas, including health policy, labor and population, education, criminal and civil justice, national security, aging, and military manpower. Individuals with quantitative training and expertise in homeland security, border protection, immigration, criminology, resilience, risk reduction, terrorism, justice policy, manpower and training, and organizational behavior in particular are encouraged to apply.


Successful applicants will have demonstrated quantitative research skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, an interest in building a policy research portfolio, the ability to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team, a strong commitment to RAND's core values of quality and objectivity, and either a track record or high potential for federal and other funding. Salary is commensurate with experience. Area of topical specialization is open.
Applicants must have experience in one or more of the following areas:

Education Requirements

PhD in public policy, policy analysis, applied economics, quantitative methods, or other closely related fields.  Candidates at the dissertation stage who expect to complete a Ph.D. within 12 months may also apply.


Positions are available at all levels of experience. A record of peer-reviewed publications consistent with experience is expected. At least one writing sample submitted should be a published or draft first authored journal article or job market paper. Senior researchers are expected to show a demonstrated ability to obtain extramural funding, lead multidisciplinary teams, mentor junior staff, and communicate interim and final results to the RAND community and to policymaking audiences.


Santa Monica, CA, Pittsburgh, PA, Boston, MA, or Washington, DC

Special Note

Three letters of recommendation are required. These can be submitted by email to

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