Research Software Developer

Team: Center for Federal Tax Policy
Job Location: Remote Washington D.C.
Annual Salary Range: $70,000-$80,000

Job Description

The role of the Research Software Developer is focused on software development for purposes of modeling tax policy and the economy. With a background in economics and public policy, the role will assist with the development and use of our Taxes and Growth model (TAG), as well as our other technical projects. (TAG is a general equilibrium model used to simulate the effects of tax policies on the economy and on government revenues and budgets.) 

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee continuous development and usage of Python APIs in TAG: maintain quality of codebase, train economists/developers, create Jira tickets, review code 
  • Develop and deploy cloud-based (AWS) solutions  
  • Assist economists in troubleshooting their model runs / various technical needs 
  • Conduct performance analysis and enact optimizations  
  • Design and implement well-tested data pipelines 
  • Become an expert on the TAG model and work with economists to add tax-policy modeling functionality 
  • Maintain and improve continuous-integration-continuous-delivery (CICD) pipelines such as Travis 
  • Manage other technical projects as needed by the Federal Policy team. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in a quantitative discipline 
  • 2+ years in Python and solid knowledge of the standard library 
  • Experience collaborating with data-driven teams  
  • Experience with: 
    • Data science libraries like pandas and numpy 
    • Version control (git) and bash scripting 

Additional experience and skills, a plus: 

  • Software skills: 
    • CICD (Travis, GitHub actions, etc.) 
    • Cloud technologies (AWS) 
    • Docker 
    • Pipenv 
    • Flask 
    • React 
  • Experience researching and writing about public policy 
  • Experience working with and analyzing large datasets, e.g., from BEA and IRS 
  • Experience building large-scale models 
  • Experience with tax revenue estimation 

Highlights of Our Benefits

  • HSA-based health coverage with employer contributions
  • 401(k) retirement plan with 100% match on first 5%
  • 100% of the premiums for dental and vision coverage and life/AD&D/LTD insurance
  • 12 paid holidays and 15 vacation days per year and generous sick leave
  • Office is closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day annually
  • Early-release Fridays all year round
  • Work-from-home option Mondays and Fridays for employees in the D.C. headquarters area.

“Working at Tax Foundation has helped me to grow personally, professionally, and intellectually, while contributing to work that I truly believe in. I am incredibly happy to have landed here and look forward to continuing to be a part of Tax Foundation’s growth and success.” – Zoe Callaway, Manager of Education and Outreach

What We Do

We use our research and analysis to bring tax changes to the national spotlight, foster competition among the states, and advise policymakers on how to improve their tax systems.

Our work is cited in over 20,000 news articles each year, including the largest national outlets and the papers of record in all 50 states. We produce over 70 major publications every year and our website is viewed over 1.5 million times per month.


To Apply

Salary for this position ranges from $70,000 to $80,000 annually depending on experience. Submit in one PDF document your cover letter, which should detail your interest in this position/Tax Foundation’s work and your salary requirements along with your résumé.

The Tax Foundation is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. As part of this commitment, the Tax Foundation will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations.

Apply Today

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