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Research Analyst

NOT A JOB. A JOURNEY.
Discover many paths to the next step in your career.

You likely have many options before you, but your challenge now is to make a career choice that sets you on a path to be able to achieve your future goals. We provide our Research Analysts with the skills and experience to not just survive, but thrive, in today’s competitive marketplace.

WHY BE A BRATTLE RESEARCH ANALYST?

Research Analysts at Brattle are critical members of project teams and work directly with experts in a collaborative and collegial atmosphere. As an RA, you will build your knowledge and skills through both hands-on and formal training and apply what you’ve learned in school to help clients solve complex problems.

You will create robust economic and financial models, formulate compelling written deliverables, and conceptualize project work. You may co-author a publication or be part of a presentation to clients or other audiences. Some RAs focus on developing expertise in a particular industry area, while others seek exposure to as many types of projects as possible.

At Brattle you will find diverse, intellectually challenging project experiences, and hone your skills to achieve professional success. Discovering where your interests lie will prepare you for the next step in your journey, whether it’s an academic pursuit at a top-ranked school or another professional position.

What we look for

We are looking for RA candidates who are excited about the prospect of working in a dynamic, team-oriented environment where you’re able to apply what you’ve learned to solve interesting problems in unique ways. Our consultants are curious and eager to learn. They enjoy brainstorming and finding creative solutions to complex problems - and they don’t rest until they succeed.

Successful RAs have a strong quantitative background and have completed comprehensive coursework in economics, mathematics, engineering, operations research, computer science, or statistics. The most successful applicants possess the ability to comfortably interact with other team members and with clients. The ideal candidate is intellectually curious, dedicated to going that extra mile to ensure the highest quality of work, flexible, energized by the dynamic nature of consulting, and fun and interesting to be around.

If you are interested in joining our team, please check our Current Openings.

Meet Our Analysts

At Brattle, every day is different. Our work environment allows individuals to drive their professional development, while making a direct impact on their projects. Check out the profiles of some of our current Research Analysts.

 
"An interesting aspect of my work is the opportunity to communicate directly with the clients we're assisting."
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Denisa Mackova, Centre for Economic and Monetary Studies (Madrid)

Before Brattle

After attending a bilingual Slovak-Spanish high school in Slovakia, I received a scholarship to study at the University of Valencia in Spain (Universidad de Valencia). I obtained my degree in Business Administration and Management. Upon graduating, I completed my post-graduate studies in Economics and Finance at the Centre for Economic and Monetary Studies (CEMFI) in Madrid.

I was interested in working for a company where I could apply the expertise I gained in industrial economics and finance while attending CEMFI. The Brattle Group seemed to be a good fit. I was drawn to Brattle because of their international environment and the wide range of projects from various industries and countries around the world. I liked that Brattle gives their employees a possibility of professional growth, and it was very inspiring to see that the consulting staff held advanced degrees from some of the best universities.

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At Brattle

As an RA, I work mostly on projects concerning renewable energy. I participate in all stages of the project, from preparing the information request to the clients, preliminary estimation of damages, to analysis and preparation of exhibits and documents for each case. I also help in the final estimation of damages. An interesting aspect of my work is the opportunity to communicate directly with the clients we’re assisting.

The best part about working at Brattle is the opportunity to participate on projects from a range of industries, and the use of the state-of-the-art methodologies in the analysis is a fantastic learning experience. I am also constantly surprised by how friendly and collaborative the environment at Brattle is. This attribute is not something you usually see at other companies.

After Brattle

I plan to continue learning and improving my skills at Brattle in order to grow professionally at the firm.

 
"The research analyst cohort I started with became more than just a group of coworkers, they have become my close friends."
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Emily Shorin, MIT

Before Brattle

I studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I majored in Environmental Engineering and minored in Urban Studies and Planning. I held multiple leadership positions across campus, whether that was in my sorority Kappa Alpha Theta, or in the Baker Foundation, eventually serving as Chair. This group awarded funds to student proposals and reported on student life to the President of MIT.

I first heard about Brattle while at the U.S. Department of Energy. I was an intern in the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis and reviewed a Brattle study that was very impressive. When I returned to school that fall, I heard that another member of my sorority who was a year older had just started at Brattle was loving her experience. I was interested in learning more about the energy world, so Brattle seemed like a good fit.

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At Brattle

Coming out of college I had two main questions: How would I keep learning outside of formal education? And how would I make friends in a new city? Brattle more than alleviated both of these concerns. With its formal training program and variety of projects, I felt like there were many more opportunities for me to keep learning at Brattle I was also impressed with everyone I met; they seemed so genuine and interested in their work. The research analyst cohort I started with became more than just a group of coworkers, they have become my close friends.

Principals and associates alike are willing to listen to my opinions and theories about the next steps of an analysis. They put a lot of trust in my hands by allowing me to own and drive analysis and pull together information. This has given me a lot of confidence; confidence to speak up more frequently and in conversations with the client.

I feel like I really lucked out in choosing a first job. I had no clue how amazing the office culture and learning opportunities would be here at Brattle. Although the first few months were tough due to the steep learning curve, I quickly realized that Brattle is exactly the kind of place where I want to be working. I was also surprised how much I have helped with recruiting new analysts. I enjoy recruiting and was heavily involved with my sorority’s recruiting efforts in college. It was great to see how transferable those skills were to helping with Brattle’s efforts.

After Brattle

When I started at Brattle, I knew I’d want to go back to graduate school, although I wasn’t sure what degree would be right for me. (I was so sure in fact, that I’d already taken the GRE during my senior year of college.) After talking to many coworkers, and friends, I’ve landed on an MBA. I can see how important having financial literacy is to my work and that having a graduate degree is important for continuing to advance my career. It’s been helpful to see that the principals at Brattle have many distinct career paths. After my MBA, I’d love to work on developing new energy technologies – particularly renewable energy and battery storage.

 
"Working with open-minded principals, I have learned that the quality of the work improves when everyone is treated based on the merit of their ideas."
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Hanyue Xu, Macalester College

Before Brattle

I attended Macalester College and majored in economics and math. I was a teaching assistant for math and economics courses, volunteered as an EMT for the Mac Emergency Medical Services, served as treasurer for Mac First Aid, and was part of the African Music Ensemble. A lot of Macalester economics majors go into economic consulting. I talked to an alum at Brattle and she shared how people are very friendly and the work is interesting. 

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At Brattle

The corporate structure is flat at Brattle and my opinions are always valued. I have had opportunities to lead internal meetings and attend client meetings. I receive direct feedback from the associates and principals on the projects that I work on. There are frequent brainstorming sessions when projects are starting. Brattle’s environment allows me to ask follow up questions and encourages dialogue during disagreements. 
The interactions with project managers have taught me to always be humble and lead with kindness. Working with open-minded principals, I have learned that the quality of the work improves when everyone is treated based on the merit of their ideas. My project managers are also extremely ethical -- I have seen them pushing back on client requests. Their insistence has reaffirmed my commitment to the importance of ethical practices.
The firm culture overall is very friendly. Everyone gets a vote for holiday party location and summer outing activities. I was surprised to get the “to ALL emails” when someone leaves/has a baby, for international pirate day (R day for us nerds), about firm wide March Madness bracket, and competition to predict the electoral map for the presidential election. 

After Brattle

I plan to go to business school next year. My managers are very supportive in the application process. Every single Brattler I have reached out to, including former research analysts, responded and shared their experiences with the application/business school life. They also introduced me to their friends who are involved in activities I am interested in. I was overwhelmed by the supportive community. 

 
"Brattle's flat organizational structure allows research analysts to really get to know and work closely with senior consulting staff."
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Hunter Green, Hamilton College

Before Brattle

I studied Economics and Philosophy at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. While at Hamilton, I served as a co-captain on the Hamilton College Mock Trial team, a student representative on the Hamilton College Honor Court, a project manager for the college’s volunteer organization, and helped with leadership programming at the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center.

I applied to Brattle for three major reasons. The first was the culture. After reaching out to Hamilton alumni at Brattle and reading about the company on its website, it became immediately clear to me that Brattle fostered a collegial, friendly, and supportive environment. The second was its promise of intellectually-challenging work. I was excited about the opportunity to apply economic theory to casework, construct economic models, and work alongside experts in their field. The last reason was the unique blend of law and economics. As an economics major interested in pursuing law school, Brattle seemed like the perfect place to blend two of my passions by assisting experts preparing economic analyses for litigation.

Everything that I read about Brattle and everyone that I talked to at Brattle seemed to truly love their experience at the firm. On top of that, everyone that I met was incredibly kind, intelligent, and humble.

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At Brattle

My first case at Brattle utilized my qualitative skills through both research and writing. Through the firm’s emphasis on research analyst development and growth, I was able to develop my quantitative skills on future cases. Through firm-sponsored trainings and working alongside other research analysts, I’ve become proficient in R, Excel, web scraping, and more. While I still utilize my qualitative skills every day, Brattle’s given me the opportunity to broaden and strengthen my quantitative skills.

Since my first day at Brattle, I’ve been expected to not only conduct research, build advanced statistical and economic models, and assist with the preparation of expert reports, among other things, but also to contribute conceptually. The ability to work in small teams alongside experts fosters a collegial atmosphere. This both encourages and sets the expectation for research analysts to take ownership of their work and engage with the experts. This has, in turn, strengthened not only my analytical skillset but also my analytical reasoning more broadly.

Brattle’s flat organizational structure allows research analysts to really get to know and work closely with senior consulting staff. Having the opportunity to work so closely with experts in their field has shaped the way that I approach, think, and solve problems. One of the most meaningful aspects of my time at Brattle has been the opportunity to work so closely with both associates and principals.

Every person I have the pleasure of interacting with, from corporate services to expert witnesses, has been kind, talented, intelligent, and humble. Being surrounded by such friendly and supportive coworkers is a testament to the firm’s values. The best piece of advice that I’ve been given at Brattle is simple: understand all unexpected results. At the end of the day, this piece of advice means that you should ask questions, dig deeper, and always be curious. 

After Brattle

Coming into Brattle, my long-term goal was to attend law school and pursue work related to the criminal justice system. However, I wanted an experience out of college that would provide insight into both law, economics, and public policy while simultaneously strengthening my quantitative skillset. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have grown and developed alongside such intelligent and thoughtful coworkers.

 
"The biggest leap that I've made was learning how the economic and financial principles that I had learned in university are being applied in practice."
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Lennart Rehm, London School of Economics

Before Brattle

I completed my Bachelor’s in Economics at the University of Bonn and my Master’s in Finance and Economics at the London School of Economics. I also spent a semester studying in Lisbon. Outside of academia and work, I played competitive basketball throughout all junior levels, including two years in the national youth league in Germany.

During an internship, I worked on an international arbitration case and Brattle had been hired by the opposing side. That led me to research Brattle’s work, and when I realized that Brattle was one of the leading firms providing economic expert testimony, I was intrigued and decided to apply.

Everyone I met during the interview process was very friendly and welcoming. I appreciated that the interviewers wanted to get to know me as a person rather than simply quiz me on economic theory.

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At Brattle

Having studied finance, I was excited to see how much of what I had learned at university was directly relevant to the project work at Brattle.

One thing I love about the work at Brattle is that each project comes with its unique set of analytical challenges. The biggest leap that I’ve made was learning how the economic and financial principles that I had learned in university are being applied in practice. I also have learned what it takes to make your analysis useful and meaningful to others, including your project team, clients, and lawyers.

When first joining the firm, it is great to have an assigned mentor and buddy who can answer all the mundane, little questions that you might not want to ask anyone else. At Brattle, you are surrounded by incredibly smart people who are all happy to share their knowledge and experience – it’s important to take advantage of that.

The involvement of principals has been one of the most impressive things about Brattle. All the principals with whom I’ve worked are really hands-on and are happy to discuss the “big picture” of a case – these discussions have been tremendous learning experiences for me. Principals seek and value your input on the areas of a project that you are most familiar with. I would have never thought I get to work as closely with senior staff this early in my career. Overall, I’ve really enjoyed the analytical challenges, the smart colleagues, and the friendly office culture. 

After Brattle

In Europe, Brattle offers research analysts an exciting career path beyond the program. As long as I enjoy the work as much as I do currently, I intend to continue down that road.

 
"The most beneficial part about working at Brattle is being surrounded by coworkers who have a wealth of knowledge in a wide spectrum of fields."
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Noosha Razavian, UC Berkeley

Before Brattle

I studied in Environmental Economics and Policy, with a minor in Public Policy, at UC Berkeley. Although I entered college with the intention of studying political science and becoming a lawyer, I quickly became fascinated with environmental economics classes, which provided a good balance between quantitative and qualitative coursework. While at UC Berkeley, I was a research assistant for three different professors. Two other research apprenticeships and my coursework at Berkeley helped cement my passion for water economics and water resources. I was also an economics tutor on campus and a teaching assistant for an R programming course.

My desire to work on wide-ranging, complex litigation projects in various fields, while developing my analytical skills, drew me in to applying to internship programs at economic consulting firms, such as Brattle, during my junior year of college. I was captivated by the skillsets I had learned in my econometrics and R programming coursework, and the ability to apply economic concepts to real world issues.

While applying to internships, I wanted to work at a place where I could apply my economic skillsets to the real world, but I also desired joining a firm that worked on tough environmental issues. After speaking to professors and research advisors on campus, it became clear that Brattle stood apart from its competitors because of the immense impact Brattle’s work has on matters relating to the environment and energy utilities. The fact that my water economics professor at the time was also a principal at Brattle was one of the main reasons why I accepted my internship offer. From my initial interview to my in-office visit, I met people who were genuinely passionate about the work they were doing and who wanted to help develop my skillsets and career.

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At Brattle

I decided to return to Brattle as a full-time research analyst after my internship. One of the cases I worked on as an intern was regarding a merger and acquisition case for a technology company, and I was initially assigned to work on an in-depth acquisition exhibit for our expert witness’ deposition. This exhibit soon became our expert’s leading deposition, and due to the importance of the exhibit, I not only worked heavily with the principal on the case but also personally helped prepare our outside expert for his deposition as well. Working with both a principal and an expert as an intern was an invaluable experience for me. Not only did I feel like they both trusted that I could complete the tasks I was given well, but they also respected my thoughts and opinions on the analyses.  

When I first started at Brattle as an intern, I was initially surprised by how helpful everyone was with one another, despite everyone’s busy work schedules. I still appreciate the fact that when I have a coding or conceptual question I can ask a fellow analyst or an associate for advice and they will always be willing to help me out. 

I have been in a unique position in that I have been able to directly work on and use some of the cases and concepts that I learned in my water economics and other environmental economics courses here at Brattle. It was extremely exciting to go from learning about one of the biggest proposed water infrastructure projects in California to being the main analyst performing the economic analysis for proposed project. 

The work at Brattle is often challenging due to the rigorous conceptual and quantitative tasks we are asked to perform. While the tasks I am given may seem daunting or confusing at first, the work has helped me learn how to ask insightful questions to my project managers, as well as learn how to break up a big task into smaller, more manageable pieces. Overall, learning how to manage an entire analysis myself and taking ownership for my analyses has helped me grow immensely during my time here at Brattle.

At Brattle, we pride ourselves on our flat organizational structure, and I believe this structure is one of the reasons why we stand apart from our competitors. The senior consulting staff are always open to answering questions, whether it be conceptual or technical, because we are a collective team trying to produce the highest quality work that we can do. It is this team spirit that motivates analysts to take ownership, as well as do whatever we can to perform the best that we can. 

The most beneficial part about working at Brattle is being surrounded by coworkers who have a wealth of knowledge in a wide spectrum of fields. Brattle has a great system in place to share individuals’ expertise throughout the entire firm through annual trainings on specific subject matters. We also have internal knowledge sharing materials regarding tips and tricks for Excel and programming languages, such as R and STATA.

After Brattle

Brattle’s formal mentorship program is an extremely helpful resource to research analysts at the firm. Since analysts usually have the same mentor throughout our entire Brattle career, our mentors—associates and senior associates—are able to see how our skillsets and career have developed over time and are a useful resource if we desire gaining other skillsets or working on different types of projects. I appreciate the fact that my mentor genuinely cares about how I’m enjoying my time at Brattle and wants to make sure that I get the most out of my 2-3 years at the firm. 

After Brattle, I plan on either working at a water utility or attending a graduate program centered on environmental economics or public policy.  Both of these opportunities will allow me to further develop my passion for water resources. Working at Brattle, I have been able to gain more insight into the complex world that is the water industry and the tough issues this industry has to face, especially given the development of climate change. The work I have done here so far has enabled me to think critically about the complex issues being faced in California today, as well as analyze key water infrastructure projects that will affect people’s lives in California. Both the qualitative and analytical skills that I’ve gained at Brattle will benefit me well for whatever Master’s or Ph.D. program I choose to pursue in the future. I am grateful to be surrounded by friendly and honest coworkers who are always willing to give me advice on my career development, as well as do whatever they can to help me achieve whatever goals I set for myself. I know that I will be well prepared for my post-Brattle career not only because of the skillsets I have gained, but also the endless support from my colleagues.