Financial Economist Visiting Scholars

Job Description & Qualification

Visiting Scholars at the Commission join a community of nearly 80 Ph.D.s who provide economic guidance and research expertise to a broad range of activities, including rulemaking, enforcement actions, market oversight and monitoring, and other regulatory initiatives. Candidates must have the ability to apply academic research and empirical methods in support of Commission actions and regulatory programs, and they are expected to engage in independent research directed at top-tier professional journals.

This Vacancy Announcement is for Visiting Scholars: DERA uses the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program to recruit talented academics as Visiting Scholars for typically one-year contractual appointment agreements between DERA and the applicant’s university or college. This position is open to all:
- Faculty members of U.S. universities or colleges who have been employed by their university or college for more than 90 days.


• Education: a Ph.D. in economics, finance, accounting, mathematics, statistics, or similarly quantitative field.
• Experience: evidence of a strong research background in the evaluation and interpretation of economic information.
• Must have, and retain throughout the contract, a permanent faculty position at a U.S. university or college.
• All candidates must be U.S. Citizens.

Application Procedure

FMA Interview Considerations:
Note: Closing date for this announcement is February 28, 2022. We will begin virtually interviewing well-qualified candidates during the 2021 Financial Management Association (FMA) Annual Meeting October 20–23, 2021. Interviews will continue until positions are filled. For interview consideration during the FMA meeting, please complete your application by October 15, 2021.

AFA Interview Considerations:
Note: Closing date for this announcement is February 28, 2022. We will virtually interview well-qualified candidates during the 2022 American Finance Association (AFA) Annual Meeting January 7, 2022. Interviews will continue until positions are filled. For interview consideration during the AFA meeting, please complete your application by December 10, 2021.
To apply, please submit a packet to DERAVisitingScholars@SEC.GOV Please include your last name, first name and position type “Visiting 2022 Application Packet” in the subject line in the following format: LastNameFirstName SSRN Visiting 2022 Application Packet. For example, the subject line would read: SmithJohn SSRN Visiting 2022 Application Packet. Please follow the naming conventions below in your application package. The packet must include:
• a brief cover e-mail that describes your research interests or other reason for seeking the position
• a CV or resume (LastNameFirstInitial_CV.pdf, e.g. SmithJ_CV.pdf)
• sample working papers or research (LastNameFirstInitial_PaperTitle.pdf, e.g. SmithJ_Study_of_Stock_Prices.pdf)
All qualification requirements and supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of this announcement. You may send optional letters of recommendation to
Multiple selections may be made from this announcement for various DERA offices for positions with the same title, series, levels, promotion potential, qualifications, and specialized experience.
Visiting Scholars are compensated pursuant to the Intergovernmental Personnel Act contract, whereby faculty are detailed to the federal government but remain employed by their universities or colleges while DERA reimburses the university or college for the cost of the salary and benefits. Visiting Scholars may be reimbursed for moving expenses.
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About the Organization

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC is seeking experienced researchers to fill visiting economist positions in the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA). The selected candidates will work with various DERA offices to help analyze economic issues as well as questions that arise in the context of, for example, rulemakings and enforcement matters. Candidates should demonstrate expertise relevant to or have significant experience (typically four or more years) in at least one of the following areas: market microstructure, accounting, financial intermediation and asset management, corporate finance, securities litigation, or data science (machine learning and/or natural language processing).

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Job ID

ID: J9529