Seminar Lead

Job Type

Part Time


Details: $5,000/month




New York
New York
United States



The Jain Family Institute (JFI) is applied research organization that turns promising ideas into real-world pilots. Our team collaborates with industry, government, and academia to pilot scalable, high-impact interventions.

JFI is seeking a Seminar Lead to run regular research sessions at our Manhattan headquarters. JFI research sessions provide an opportunity for participants throughout various disciplines to come together to discuss applied social science research topics from analytic philosophy, philosophy of law, philosophy of statistics, general epistemology, political economy, economics, development economics, statistics, sociology, public policy, and related fields. We value discussions focused on how to make an impact on societal issues together, as such, we are looking for someone with a passion for bringing people together and a love of research and reasoned debate to lead the discussions.

The seminars, of about 20 participants, will meet one to two times over the course of the month to discuss readings and other materials related to a topic of special interest. The Research Group Lead will assist with recruiting speakers and attendees, assigning readings, preparing presentations for the reading groups, and guiding the discussions. All participants will have the opportunity to meet with leading scholars, policy experts, and business leaders in various fields both internal and external at JFI.

The research team lead carries an award of $3,000 covering a six month period for approximately 5-10 hours of work per week. Meetings will take place in the JFI headquarters in SoHo. Those interested should send a CV or résumé with contact information, a letter of interest, and an overview of previous projects.


The research session team leader will convene and prepare a 2-hour research session once or twice a month with participants with backgrounds in economics, data science, public policy, finance, and philosophy.

Tasks will include:

  • Reviewing and aggregating literature relevant to the topic;
  • recruiting attendees to each session.
  • creating presentations and group discussion materials;
  • discussing aspects of this project with specialists in other disciplines;

Selected candidates will be invited to an in-person interview in our Manhattan office in early November.


  • Background or interest in multiple of the fields enumerated above, with a preference for professional or academic qualification.
  • Written work at the intersection of two or more of the enumerated fields.
  • Preferred but not required: a combination of academic and applied experience (i.e., consulting economist, policy researcher in government, etc.)
  • Preference will be given to more senior applicants, with anticipated academic attainment in the range of early to late PhD candidates.


  • Time: approximately 5-10 hours a week
  • Attendance: one to two times monthly at research meetings and presentations at our Manhattan office
  • Confidentiality: as needed

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Those interested should send a CV or résumé with contact information, a letter of interest, and an overview of previous projects.