Research Associate in Political Science

University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences

United States


DevLab@Penn at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a research associate during the 2022-2023 academic year. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility for renewal.

DevLab@Penn seeks a Research Associate to work with our team of scholars and graduate students on a project to develop rigorous evidence around peace studies, conflict mediation and nonviolent action. The successful candidate will work with partners at the United States Institute for Peace to build research--experimental and otherwise--into their field projects. Responsibilities will include co-developing research with USIP field staff, developing data collection instruments, conducting data analysis and producing papers on the research. There may be opportunities for international travel.  Advanced training in research design and inferential statistics are required, and the ideal candidate will have some experience with rigorous field work and be able to communicate clearly with a non-academic audience. Prospective candidates are expected to have completed (or nearly completed) graduate work in one or more of these areas: International Development, Economics, Political Science, Public Policy, Sociology, Antrhopology, Demography, or related fields. Successful candidates will collaborate with Professor Erik Wibbels as well as members of DevLab@Penn in an interdisciplinary environment.

The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Please submit:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact information for a minimum of three individuals who have agreed to provide a reference.

DevLab@Penn values interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and collegiality; is committed to promoting a culturally diverse intellectual community; and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and underrepresented communities. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street,  Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).


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