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Research Associate – Global ESG

Website Alliance Bernstein

Asset Manager

We are looking for a Research Associate or Senior Research Associate to join our Global ESG team in New York. If you are interested in a long-term career in investment research, there’s no better place to start than Bernstein. Our Research Associates play an important role in producing the research we are known for: thematic, industrial strength, collaborative, data-driven, bottom up, and always differentiated. You will also develop relationships across the investing community and over time become a thought partner to our clients. Our culture is both cerebral and highly collaborative, and you will have a high degree of independence and autonomy while also working very closely with your team. This is an exciting role on the global ESG team conducting in-depth primary research on key ESG themes and trends, analyzing the impact of sustainable finance regulations around the globe, and providing thought leadership on winning ESG strategies and best practices.

As a Research Associate, you will:

  • Become an expert in ESG working with a Senior Analyst who is an expert
  • Grow highly proficient at conducting primary analysis of ESG themes, risks, and opportunities across sectors and geographies
  • Develop strong relationships across the investing community by daily interactions with our sales and trading teams and institutional clients
  • Author highly differentiated written research that is famous for its deep industry insights and quantitative frameworks, including our signature Blackbook product
  • Become adept at analyzing and quantifying material ESG issues
  • Interact with key ESG experts and industry contacts

We have an outstanding Associate program and make a strong commitment to your development. Our culture is intellectually rigorous, but it is also very collegial and fun. We have robust learning and development programs as well as annual offsite teambuilding events. We offer a flexible work schedule, but our in-office environment is very active. Our Associates are highly involved in (and often lead) our firm’s cultural initiatives, ranging from health & wellness, community service, mentoring, employee resource groups, social events, and Associate leadership.

Our Research Associates typically have track records of outstanding academic performance in rigorous fields of study. This is a role that could be suitable for a recent undergraduate or someone with experience and an advanced degree. What is important is that you have excelled and thrived in a research-driven academic environment. We look carefully at your background (including grades, tests, and fields of study) for evidence of the following:

  • Excellent broad-based analytical skills
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong quantitative backgrounds and ability to work with data sets
  • Relentless intellectual curiosity

In addition, the following are helpful:

  • Finance degrees and coursework
  • Credentials such as CFA
  • ESG credentials such as the FSA and the ESG CFA

If you love solving problems and analyzing data, Bernstein could be a great fit for you. We provide an intellectually challenging but supportive environment for careers in investment research and look for team players with exceptional communication skills. These are typically three-to-five-year positions with outstanding growth potential including advancement to more senior roles. Our Associate positions have also historically been excellent platforms for advancement to successful investing careers at our clients including our parent company AB.

Please submit a cover letter (we read them carefully, as our roles are writing-intensive) and resume to both and to AB Careers at Also, please include any relevant academic grades and test scores. We look forward to learning more about you!

Bernstein is widely recognized as Wall Street’s premier sell-side research and brokerage firm, with a global equity trading platform that spans the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Our firm was founded in the U.S. in 1967 and in the U.K. in 1999. We began operations in Hong Kong in 2010, and in Mumbai in 2019, and now cover a range of sectors across Asia. Our research and trading capabilities are sought out by leading investment managers around the world, and we are annually ranked at the top of our industry by acknowledged arbiters. In independent surveys of major institutional clients, Bernstein’s research is ranked #1 for overall quality, industry knowledge, most trusted, best detailed financial analysis, major company studies, most useful valuation frameworks and best original research.

In April 2019 we acquired Autonomous Research, a highly regarded global financial services independent research firm. The combination of Bernstein and Autonomous solidifies our standing as the largest global independent research firm, and further positions us as the preeminent provider of the highest-quality independent research to our clients worldwide.

Research has always been Bernstein’s calling card. The brand is defined by our renowned Blackbooks, known for their in-depth company and industry forecasts. We have a community of Research Analysts who are acknowledged thought leaders that typically have many years of experience in the industries they cover. Our reputation is for the very highest caliber of independent and disciplined investment and industry analysis. We are a wholly-owned subsidiary of our buy-side parent, AB.

To learn more about us, take a look at our Bernstein Recruiting Video and peruse our recent Blackbook report Ten Shades of Green – An ESG Thematic Primer.