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Software Developer
Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Arlington, Virginia, USA

Job Title

Software Developer

Job Description

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is seeking a Software Developer to join our Policy Analytics Team. The Policy Analytics Team-a key part of Mercatus's Program for Economic Research on Regulation-works at the frontier of policy research, applying the tools of data science in the realm of public policy to advance our understanding of the causes and effects of policy decisions.

Your work will include: further development of the QuantGov platform; building new datasets with QuantGov, such as those included in the Federal RegData and State RegData projects; and the development of other tools and datasets that facilitate cutting-edge research at the intersection of data science, economics, and public policy.


  • Telecommuting is OK
  • Agencies are OK


Responsibilities Include:

-Writing reusable, testable, and efficient code -Design and implementation of effective and efficient applications in support of Mercatus research projects -Obtaining and compiling data from a variety of applications

Basic Qualifications:

-Proficiency with Python, including familiarity with major statistical libraries and web-scraping tools. -Ability to combine and analyze data from diverse sources and databases into one system -Basic understanding of Web languages, such as JavaScript and common libraries, HTML5, and CSS3 -Basic familiarity with object-relational databases -Ability to structure data to represent and support research -Strong unit test and debugging skills -Proficient understanding of code versioning tools, such as Git

Particularly Strong Candidates May Also Have:

-Basic understanding of economics, especially in policy issues -Strong applied statistical skills -Experience with Docker -Familiarity with continuous integration and deployment tools (Jenkins, TravisCI) -Experience with Amazon Web Services -Strong knowledge of Linux / Unix

About the Company

Help us grow

Please submit your cover letter and resume through our online application process Your cover letter must indicate your interest the Mercatus Center's mission.

Employee Benefits

Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. In addition, excellent benefits to all individual employees, including full health and dental coverage, flexible spending accounts, long-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement savings program, a parking permit, and free credits at George Mason University.

About the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

For over 25 years, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has been the world's premier university source for market-oriented ideas-bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. A university-based research center, Mercatus works to advance knowledge about how markets work to improve our lives by training graduate students, conducting research, and applying sound economics to offer solutions to society's most pressing problems

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