Visiting Academic Scholars and Economic Fellows

Title: Visiting Academic Scholars and Economic Fellows

  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Job Description: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC is seeking candidates for positions as Visiting Academic Scholars and Economic Fellows in the Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation. Division staff will be available for meetings with interested parties at this year’s meetings of the American Finance Association. The Division was created in September 2009 to integrate financial economics and rigorous data analytics into the core mission of the SEC. The Division’s responsibilities include providing economic analyses of proposed Commission actions and providing expertise in analytical approaches and methods in support of the Commission’s enforcement and examinations program. In its “think tank” and other roles, the Division is involved across the entire range of SEC activities, including policy-making, rule-making, enforcement, examination, and other matters.


    Visiting Academic Scholars and Economic Fellows participate in research and analyses as members of the Division and provide economic guidance and research expertise to the Commission with respect to policy, enforcement, and regulatory initiatives. Opportunities exist to focus on specific policy/research areas or in litigation support. The Division is seeking candidates who have experience in areas including, but not limited to (and in no particular order): hedge funds, financial derivatives, market microstructure, credit ratings and credit risk, mutual funds, municipal securities, financial intermediaries, disclosure policy, corporate governance and finance, securities issuance, financial accounting, clearance and settlement, structured data and litigation support. We are interested in tenured and tenure-track faculty who are interested in visiting positions for a year or more, as well as recent Ph.D. graduates who are interested in joining the Commission. The staff is expected to conduct high quality independent research that benefits the Commission, on par with that published in academic journals. For more information, please see our website


    ● A Ph.D. in Finance, Accounting, Economics, or related area, plans to finish a Ph.D. before or shortly after starting employment, or industry experience commensurate with a doctoral degree.
    ● Evidence of a strong research background or potential.
    ● Interest in the application of economic research and theory to issues of interest to the Commission.
    ● Visiting Academic Scholars must already have a permanent position at a U.S. college or university. Economic Fellows are not subject to this requirement.
    ● Economic Fellows must be U.S. citizens or persons admitted for permanent residence (green card) and seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B)). For information on employment eligibility for non-U.S. citizens, see There is no citizenship requirement for Visiting Academic Scholars.
    ● Positions are contingent upon passing a background check.


    ● Visiting Scholar positions are one-year appointments.
    ● Visiting Scholars continue receiving salary and benefits from their universities, which are reimbursed for the academic salary and benefits, based on the SK scale. Compensation includes an allowance for moving expenses.
    ● Economic Fellows are appointed for a two-year term that is renewable up to a maximum of four years in total.
    ● Economic Fellows are compensated according to qualifications on the SK scale. They receive benefits as if they were permanent government employees. There is no allowance for moving expenses for Economic Fellows.

  • Application Deadline: December 14, 2012
  • Other Info: To apply for any of these positions, please submit a packet to by December 14, 2012. Please include your name and “SSRN-AFA Application Packet 2013” in the subject line. In order for your application to be considered, the packet must include all of the following:
    ● a resume or vita,
    ● sample working papers or research,
    ● a brief cover letter indicating:
    o your research interests or other reason for seeking the position
    o your country of citizenship or your immigration status
    o whether you are applying for a Visiting Academic Scholar or Economic Fellow position
    ● letters of reference (can be sent separately)

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