Posted: Nov 9, 2022

Social Scientist

The Lab @ DC - Washington, DC
Salary: $93,069.00 - $119,916.00 Annually
Application Deadline: Nov 21, 2022

We’re looking for Social Scientists!

Join a group of Data Scientists, Social Scientists, and Civic Design Researchers working to address DC's most critical problems. Applications require only a CV or resume—you don't need a cover letter. 

Thanks to federal recovery funds, the District has the opportunity to test innovative and groundbreaking ideas to help DC residents and promote an equitable recovery. The Lab helps policymakers evaluate these efforts to make informed decisions for DC. We need Social Scientists at the PhD level and beyond to join our work. Check out some examples of our past and current work on transit subsidies, road safety, body-worn cameras, and rental assistance.  

Who we’re looking for:

  • Team players, who want to use scientific tools to make a positive difference in DC residents’ lives, particularly for historically disadvantaged populations. 

  • Strong R or Python skills (be ready to share organized, annotated code). 

  • Strong quantitative skills, including research design, statistics or econometrics, program evaluation,   and/or experimental methods. 

  • Bonus: a passion for making a difference in at least one of the following: alternatives to policing, gun violence prevention, housing stability, combating academic learning loss, supporting returning citizens, or workforce development. 

  • Someone who can start in DC no later than February 2023

What you’ll gain:

  • Skills to influence policy decisions and program design that impact your neighbors. 

  • Experience designing and implementing evidence building alongside government leaders.  

  • The opportunity to use your skills to contribute to key policy and budgetary decisions. 

  • Real world experience conducting rigorous science within local government. 

  • Experience using granular administrative data (and all its fun quirks!) across education, housing, public benefits,  transportation, public safety, and more to measure the outcomes that matter. 

  • Publications (from tweet storms and blog posts to peer reviewed journals). 

What you should know:

  • Positions are a 13-month renewable appointment. At the end of two years, we hope to find permanent homes for these positions in District agencies and/or Deputy Mayor’s Offices so this work is sustained. 

  • If you’re currently University faculty or a pre or post-doc, there is an opportunity to join the team through a Personnel Exchange Agreement which would allow you to retain your university affiliation while working for the District.  

  • Our team is currently working a hybrid model of 3 days in the office and 2 days of telework.  

Interested? Check out our website. Read full position description and apply through (search for Job ID 19659). Questions? Connect with us at [email protected]. Applications are due Monday, November 21.