Posted: Oct 25, 2022

Research, Senior Analyst (Senior Associate)

Milken Institute - Santa Monica, CA
Application Deadline: N/A

About the Position

The Research department at the Milken Institute is looking for exceptional candidates in economics with an emphasis on Labor Economics. Qualified candidates will have excellent oral and written communication skills and an MSc with a few years of experience or PhD degree in Economics or a related field with a solid background in labor economics and advanced knowledge of statistical programming skills (R, Stata, etc.). The ideal candidate will work collaboratively to conduct applied research on issues pertinent at the national, regional, and sub-regional levels. The ability to communicate complex, technical concepts concisely and clearly to an audience with a variety of backgrounds and levels of experience is essential.


  • Collect, clean, and summarize pertinent economic, financial, and demographic data;
  • Conduct literature reviews to related to research topics as instructed by supervisors;
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative empirical research on issues related to regional, labor or health economics;
  • Write up findings and recommendations that can be shared with stakeholders through reports, research briefs, summary tables, dashboards, and power point presentations;


  • MSc with few years of experience or PhD in Economics or related fields, 
  • Experience in conducting quantitative research and analysis (survey data, microdata);
  • Experience with statistical analysis and programming tools such as R, python…;
  • Ability to perform spatial analysis using ArcGIS or similar softwares;
  • Strong quantitative skills and analytical problem solving required;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written);
  • Ability to manage own workflow/priorities and meet deadlines;
  • Independence and ability to take ownership of each project from start to finish;
  • Ability to work as part of a team and perform under deadline pressure;


A precondition of employment is verification of your COVID-19 vaccination status. We are interested in qualified candidates who are eligible to work in the United States. Please note, we are not sponsoring visas at this time, being authorized to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment.

This position will be working a hybrid model, where you will be expected to report to your respective office location 2-3 days a week, this is subject to change. 

The statements herein are intended to describe the overall nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer. 

Please submit resume and cover letter illustrating how your experience and skills will contribute to the department and any unique qualities you bring to the position. If applying via Indeed, please upload your resume and any supporting documentation as one attachment. Any application that does not include both a resume and cover letter will be rejected.

About the Milken Institute

The Milken Institute is a globally minded, publicly supported, non-partisan, and nonprofit think tank headquartered in Santa Monica, with offices in Washington, DC, New York, London, Abu Dhabi, and Singapore. For the past three decades, the Milken Institute has served as a catalyst for practical, scalable solutions to global challenges by connecting human, financial, and educational resources to those who need them. Guided by a conviction that the best ideas, under-resourced, cannot succeed, we conduct research and analysis and convene top experts, innovators, and influencers from different backgrounds and competing viewpoints. We leverage this expertise and insight to construct programs and policy initiatives. These activities are designed to help people build meaningful lives, in which they can experience health and well-being, pursue effective education and gainful employment, and access the resources required to create ever-expanding opportunities for themselves and their broader communities.

Our Culture

The Milken Institute is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.

Every person at the Milken Institute is treated with respect, supported with resources and training, and exposed to a broad range of experiences. We foster a space for growth with opportunities to share knowledge and passion with both clients and colleagues. We are committed to building a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive. Our leadership is actively involved in our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and fostering a culture that creates opportunities for everyone. 


  • Health Care Plan (Medical, Dental & Vision)
  • Retirement Plan - 403b (5%)
  • Life Insurance (Basic, Voluntary & AD&D)
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick & Public Holidays)
  • Family Leave (Maternity & Paternity)
  • Short-Term & Long-Term Disability 
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSAs)
  • Training & Development:
    1. LinkedIn Learning –over 10,000 classes offered, self-guided.
    2. Mentor Program
  • Wellness Resources:
    1. Employee Assistance Program
    2. CALM app membership
    3. YogaWorks (discount) 
    4. Gym (Santa Monica)

Additional Perks

  • Coffee Chats with the President – informal opportunity to chat with the President. 
  • All Staff Meetings – employees from all our US and international locations come together for a 2-day retreat (occurs every 18 months). 
  • Prime office locations – Santa Monica office is 4-blocks from the Pacific Ocean, Washington, DC office is across the street from the White House.