Research Fellow

Mercatus Center
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 14

Position description

EEO Statement: We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. 

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is seeking a Research Fellow to join our Innovation and Governance Program for a one-year fellowship. In this role, you will help inform the evolution of financial services by providing thoughtful research and commentary on the use and regulation of Decentralized finance (DeFi) products and services.  The successful applicant will have knowledge of and a deep interest in the operation, role, and implications of DeFi. Advanced education in relevant fields such as law, economics, finance, or computer science is a plus. The successful applicant will work as part of the Mercatus Policy Research Team, and report to the Director of the Innovation and Governance Program.
The fellowship will last for one year and may, but is not guaranteed to, result in an extension or permanent position. 

Responsibilities Include:

  • Provide thoughtful insight into DeFi that will inform the social, legal, commercial, and regulatory environment. The intended audience includes policymakers, regulators, the media, the academy, and the public.
  • Conduct research and analysis to examine the relationship between the regulation and functioning of the financial system and new advances in technology; topics can include but are not limited to the nature of DeFi technologies and products, their relationship to existing regulatory structures, and possible improvements to the regulation of DeFi
  • Inform the debate via written products that can include academic articles and working papers, shorter policy papers, short policy briefs, op-eds, and blog posts
  • Participate in various events representing the Mercatus Center
  • Provide press interviews, testify before Congress, and brief members of Congress and congressional and agency staffers


  • Familiarity with current policy debates related to DeFi and financial market regulation
  • Graduate work and/or practical experience in Economics, Finance, relevant technologies, law or other related fields is preferred.
  • Some knowledge of public choice/economic theory of regulation and/or new institutional economics is preferred 
  • Ability to do empirical work is preferred
  • Knowledge of the literature on bank or securities market regulation and experience writing for professional or academic audience is preferred 

Help us Grow

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


Employee Benefits

Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. In addition, Mercatus provides 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, parking/travel benefits, and twelve free credits per year at George Mason University.


About the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

For 40 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. 

Mercatus COVID-19 Compliance
Mercatus complies with federal, state, and university rules as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic. All employees must be vaccinated and boosted or provide medical or religious exemptions for not being so.  Human Resources will inquire as to your status and will be happy to answer any additional questions.  

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