Research Analyst

Strategic Research Arlington, Virginia


The Institute for Justice—the National Law Firm for Liberty—is seeking an enterprising social science and policy researcher to join its Strategic Research team at its headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. 

IJ’s Strategic Research program creates original research, but our studies don’t just sit on a library shelf collecting dust. We put our research to work by combining it with IJ’s unique brand of cutting-edge litigation, award-winning communications and top-notch activism and legislative outreach. Our studies have been cited by the White House and the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as leading news outlets nationwide. Our work has helped certify a class action lawsuit against Philadelphia’s civil forfeiture machine, ensure the return of cash wrongfully seized by the IRS, roll back needless occupational licensing, dismantle speech-squelching campaign finance laws, and protect programs that empower parents to choose the best schools for their children.

The typical work of an IJ research analyst includes:

  • Working with IJ litigators and other team members to develop original research plans that fit our goals
  • Identifying the right methods to address our research questions
  • Manipulating and analyzing large datasets using both descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Mining research literature on diverse topics looking for new ideas, potential collaborators, and methodological insights
  • Drafting surveys and managing their implementation
  • Finding appropriate datasets; when there aren’t any, finding creative ways to build new datasets, working with research associates and/or interns to collect and organize data, including through public records requests
  • Working with a large federal database of asset seizures and forfeitures
  • Writing clear, accessible reports to share our findings with journalists, policymakers and the general public
  • Turning those reports into scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Conducting media interviews and writing op-eds and letters to the editor

We’re looking for a researcher who:

  • Wants to advance individual liberty
  • Is creative and entrepreneurial
  • Likes digging into data and solving hard problems
  • Enjoys collaborating positively with other researchers, as well as colleagues beyond the research team
  • Has excellent organizational and analytical skills, as well as proficiency with research software such as STATA or SPSS
  • Displays solid judgment and attention to detail
  • Has strong written and oral communications skills, especially when writing for a general audience
  • Can juggle multiple projects, prioritize, and meet deadlines
  • Holds a master’s degree or higher in the social sciences
  • Has prior experience developing new research ideas and managing projects to completion

We are open to candidates with a range of experience. We offer a competitive salary, full health, dental, and life insurance benefits, and a retirement savings plan, along with a collegial, positive work environment.

Qualified candidates should submit:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter explaining how your experience and background will ensure success in the position
  • Writing sample that illustrates your research and communications skills

To apply, please submit a resume by clicking "Add Resume," a cover letter using the "Add Cover Letter" feature, and a writing sample under the "Add Portfolio" section.

No phone calls, please.