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Financial Technology (FinTech) Researcher, FIPA - RBOPS

About the Team
The Federal Reserve Board’s Technology Lab (TechLab) delivers collaborative expertise on payment innovations to Federal Reserve decision makers by conducting and overseeing hands-on research of technologies broadly relevant to payments, clearance, and settlement. The team conducts hands-on technical research, such as open-source code analysis, data set analysis, and unbiased product assessments, to further the organization’s understanding of specific technologies, broaden technical expertise across the Federal Reserve Board and Federal Reserve System, and support development of policy views and oversight frameworks for new payments technologies. Additionally, the team contributes to the oversight of the Federal Reserve System’s fintech and digital innovations experimentation work.

About the Role
TechLab’s Financial Institution and Policy Analysts (FIPA) are curious and adaptable contributors to technology-related research projects, supporting hands-on technology research and experimentation. Ideally, Analysts have previous professional or academic experience in payments, banking, computer science, data analysis or a related field. Analysts help to implement the TechLab’s research strategy, contribute to coded or data analysis research projects, draft internal reports, support technology analysis, and represent the TechLab in various Federal Reserve groups, among other responsibilities. Analysts must be strong writers and adaptable multitaskers. All TechLab Analysts must have strong communication skills to speak effectively to a broad range of stakeholders.
Position requirements include, but are not limited to:
  • Ability to learn about and inform others on innovative technology implementations, such as stablecoins, digital currencies, or distributed ledger technologies
  • Experience with an innovation lab or research setting
  • Ability to simplify complex technical topics into plain language, written deliverables 
  • Ability to contribute clean code or verifiable data analysis to research projects 
  • Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with a variety of subject matter experts, such as engineers, economists, policy analysts, lawyers, and other stakeholders
  • Ability to contribute effectively to Agile and Scrum projects and deliverables 
Additionally, knowledge of the financial technology industry, crypto assets, or data analysis is desirable.

Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, business administration, public policy, economics, or another related field and a minimum of 1 year of related experience, or a master’s degree in a related field.
  • A writing sample may be required. 
  • This hybrid position is located in Washington D.C. with an in-office monthly requirement.