: Research Scientist, Policy Analysis


Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities - we're just getting started.


The Economics and Policy Research Team at Facebook is looking for Ph.D. economists to join our team. Individuals from all subfields are welcome to apply, but we are especially interested in those with an empirical background in industrial organization, labor economics, or public economics.Individuals on this team will perform two roles. One is to author novel academic research on policy-relevant questions for Facebook; the other is to conduct longer term research on topics of special interest to company leadership. The academic research will be done in collaboration with top tier external researchers, with the aim of both guiding the companys decision-making on key strategic questions and contributing to the broader literature. The research on topics of special interest to Facebooks leadership will vary in subject matter but will generally focus on areas around digital advertising and the effects of social media on society. Individuals in this role are expected to be exceptional, self-driven researchers with an ability to not only identify critical questions, but also work across teams and backgrounds to execute.

Required Skills

  • Shape research agendas and drive projects from end-to-end
  • Help manage large-scale projects involving many stakeholders from different backgrounds
  • Deliver insights and recommendations clearly to relevant, non-technical audiences

Employee Testimonials

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Edward Fagin
Engineering Manager

I'm an engineering manager on our real-time infrastructure team, and my team focuses on GraphQL Subscriptions — a component of the widely-used GraphQL open source query language for APIs — that makes it easier for engineers to build real-time features into their products. At Facebook, this framework powers a number of features that people use every day, including comment-typing indicators and streaming reactions on live videos.

At Facebook, you have the opportunity to contribute to an incredibly wide range of infrastructure projects. While our engineers have a variety of expertise, they share a passion for solving complex engineering challenges at scale. It's humbling to know that everything you work on can potentially impact more than two billion people around the world.

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Vaneeta Singh
Engineering Manager

We develop the network software for Facebook applications on iOS and Android platforms. This includes measuring and improving performance, reliability, security, and efficiency of network communication with Facebook servers. Getting the most out of a diverse set of worldwide mobile networks, and millions of handsets with a wide range of hardware capabilities is challenging as well as fun. All this while we play good citizens in these networks and are mindful of the device battery, storage, and data consumption.