• Senior Research Specialist I

    Requisition # 2019-10578
    Date Posted 1 month ago(7/10/2019 10:02 AM)
    Research and Laboratory
    Full-Time / Part-Time
  • Overview

    The Department of Politics seeks a Senior Research Specialist to work directly under the Project Director for the Arab Barometer. The Senior Research Specialist assists in questionnaire development, performs quality control procedures, assists in statistical analysis, undertakes data analysis to support reports and presentations for dissemination of the findings. This individual is also responsible for conducting analysis using Arab Barometer data in support of outreach to academics, government officials, the press, and other target audiences.


    This position will be based in Washington, D.C. and is an 18-month term position with the possiblity of renewal based on satisfactory performance and grant funding.


    Data analysis

    • Conduct analyses of survey data
    • Prepare summary findings
    • Run advanced statistical models
    • Conduct analysis for academic research projects
    • Perform data visualization for reports and presentations
    • Compile and analyze trend data

    Quality control

    • Perform quality control checks on survey data
    • Fact-check and number-check Arab Barometer products
    • Clean and prepare datasets for public release

    Survey design and questionnaire development

    • Develop research questions
    • Draft questionnaires
    • Design samples to meet project needs


    • Respond to external requests for information
    • Present research to key audiences



    Essential Qualifications 

    • Strong analytical and research skills
    • Experience working with survey data
    • Background in quantitative analysis
    • Knowledge of Stata, R, or other statistical software is required
    • Strong verbal and written communications skills
    • Demonstrated attention to detail
    • Ability to communicate research results clearly and concisely
    • Ability to meet tight deadlines across multiple survey projects while ensuring accuracy of results
    • Proven experience in undertaking research involving survey data analysis, including using Stata, R, and other software
    • Familiarity and experience with regression and MLE techniques, including advanced techniques such as multi-level modeling
    • Knowledge and interest in the Middle East and North Africa

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Advanced degree in social sciences or statistics with Ph.D. strongly preferred
    • Experience with conducting international survey research
    • Arabic language skills highly desirable


    Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

    Salary Grade

    ASR, 010

    Standard Weekly Hours


    Eligible for Overtime


    Benefits Eligible


    Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


    Estimated Appointment End Date


    Comments Related to End Date

    18-month term position with possibility of renewal based on satisfactory performance and renewal of grant funding

    Physical Capacity Exam Required


    Valid Driver's License Required



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