Global Economist: Scientific Discretionary

Location: New York, New York, United States

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Two Sigma is a financial sciences company, combining data analysis, invention, and rigorous inquiry to help solve the toughest challenges in investment management, insurance technology, securities, private equity, and venture capital. 

Our team of scientists, technologists, and academics looks beyond the traditional to develop creative solutions to some of the world’s most complex economic problems. Our investors include some of the world’s largest retirement funds, research institutions, educational endowments, healthcare systems and foundations. We admire what they do, and we’re proud to serve these organizations.

We are looking for a global macro-economist with an excellent background in economic research and forecasting and deep knowledge of economic data to join the Scientific Discretionary Team. You will have prior experience performing economic research in a central bank, multilateral policy organization, or financial institution, and preferably hold a Ph.D. in Economics, Finance, or related field, or similar academic background. In this role you will work with the other team members to help form our views about global economic trends and generate forecasts about macroeconomic developments in major economies leveraging the firm’s data access and tools. Experience with major Asia economies is a plus but not required. The job could be located in New York, Washington, DC, or London, UK.

You will take on the following responsibilities:
  • Work with other members of the economics team to produce relevant economic forecasts for the main economies and update them in response to upcoming data and information. Experience in Asia is a plus
  • Apply quantitative techniques to analyze market-relevant economic issues
  • Carry out independent research aimed at answering specific macroeconomic questions
  • Work with data scientists to integrate new datasets (“big data”) into more traditional economic frameworks
  • Collaborate in a team environment with portfolio manager, traders, researchers, and engineers

You should possess the following qualifications:
  • Ph.D. Degree in Economics, Finance, or related field, or comparable training
  • 5-10 years of experience as a professional economist in a central bank, finance ministry, multilateral policy institution, think tank, or leading financial institution
  • Expertise in forecasting and modeling key macroeconomic variables
  • Good knowledge of economic theory and relevant macroeconomic data and ability to perform econometric analysis using standard packages; you may have experience in setting up and running standard DSGE models
  • Ability to think critically and independently, tackle in-depth research projects, discover creative solutions, and communicate ideas clearly

You will enjoy the following benefits:
  • Core Benefits: Fully paid medical and dental insurance premiums for employees and dependents with excellent coverage, competitive 401k match, employer-paid life & disability insurance
  • Learning: Tuition reimbursement, conference and training sponsorship
  • Time Off: Generous vacation and unlimited sick days, competitive paid caregiver leaves
  • Hybrid Work Policy: Flexible in-office days with budget for home office setup
The base pay for this role is anticipated to be between $160,000 and $300,000. The anticipated base pay range is based on information as of the time this post was generated. This role may also be eligible for other forms of compensation and benefits, such as a discretionary bonus, health, dental and other wellness plans and 401(k) contributions. Discretionary bonus can be a significant portion of total compensation. Actual compensation for successful candidates will be carefully determined based on a number of factors, including their skills, qualifications and experience.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or any other applicable legally protected characteristics.


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