Senior Competition Scholar Position (US)


The International Center for Law and Economics (ICLE), a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank and research center based in Portland, OR, is looking for a full-time senior scholar to perform research, writing, and public outreach on a broad range of policy issues, focusing primarily on competition and antitrust-related issues.

The ideal candidate will have experience thinking and writing in the law & economics tradition of Armen Alchian, Harold Demsetz, Ronald Coase, Henry Manne, and James Buchanan. Law degree or graduate degree in economics required; previous experience in policy or academic position preferred.

Highly competitive salary, excellent benefits and a flexible schedule (including remote work). Work location is also flexible, although Washington, DC, or Portland, OR, is preferred. Some travel and public speaking are required.


ICLE scholars analyze issues ranging from competition policy and consumer protection, to intellectual property and licensing, trade, technology policy, data security and privacy, financial regulation, telecommunications, and platform regulation, as well as emerging legal and policy issues related to the sharing economy, the future of work, and the Internet of Things. This role would focus primarily on competition policy, antitrust, and related issues.

Increasingly, our work includes a focus on competition policy outside the U.S.: Among other things, we engage in research and analysis of competition, platform, and data regulation in the EU and UK, evolving competition policies in Asia, and in global debates about the effect of specific regulatory regimes on innovation and economic growth. Samples of our work can be found here.

Working collaboratively with the ICLE team and its network of affiliated academics, the senior scholar will produce high-quality work in a range of forms including academic research suitable for publication in respected journals, regulatory comments, amicus briefs, policy studies, op-eds, blog posts, and analyses targeted for general-interest audiences.

In addition to a working understanding of the substantive legal and economic issues and the legislative and regulatory processes around ICLE research priorities, the Senior Scholar will have a willingness to engage with policy “makers and shapers.” He/she will represent the organization to scholars, affiliates, donors, legislative staff, and the media at events, conferences, meetings, and on social media.

Candidates should have at least two years experience working within nonprofit organizations, academia, private firms, consultancies, trade associations, government, or similar entities, and should possess:

  • exceptional written and verbal communications skills;
  • ability to collaborate effectively with diverse personalities and skill sets, including technical and subject-matter experts as well as generalists;
  • ability to work independently on a variety of simultaneous projects;
  • ability to shift priorities as needs evolve;
  • demonstrated track record of well-reasoned legal, policy, and/or economic analyses.

To Apply:

Follow this link to fill out the contact form. Please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, salary requirements, and relevant academic or policy writing sample.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Tony Reed, [email protected].

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