• Senior Research Specialist I

    Requisition # 2019-11156
    Date Posted 2 months ago(11/14/2019 9:58 AM)
    Research and Laboratory
    Full-Time / Part-Time
  • Overview

    The Department of Politics seeks a Senior Research Specialist to assist with data collection, management, and analysis for the Arab Barometer. The Arab Barometer is a nonpartisan research network that provides insight into the social, political, and economic attitudes and values of ordinary citizens across the Arab World. Its objective is to disseminate and apply survey findings in order to contribute to political reform and to strengthen institutional capacity for public opinion research.


    The Research Data Specialist works in close collaboration with the Arab Barometer team including the project director, research associates, communication associate, graduate and undergraduate students, and research colleagues in the U.S. and the Middle East and North Africa.


    This position will be based in Washington, D.C. and is a 2-year term position with the possibility of renewal based on satisfactory performance and grant funding.


    The Research Data Specialist assists with the maintenance and development of scripts, including R (dplyr,ggplot), Python (pandas, matplotlib), Java, Matlab, and Stata, related to collecting and processing Arab Barometer data. During the data collection phase, this includes programming the questionnaire, validating the programming, quality control checks on data, data cleaning, and management of Arab Barometer survey data. The position also conducts data analysis for research projects including modeling, diagnostics, and graphic visualization for reports, articles and other publications.


    Essential Qualifications 

    • Creative problem-solving skills
    • Strong analytical and research skills
    • Strong programming skills
    • Background in quantitative analysis
    • Knowledge of Stata, R, or other statistical software is required
    • Experience with Python(pandas, matplotlib), Java, Matlab strongly preferred
    • 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
    • Preferred Qualifications

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree in social sciences, statistics, or computer programming with Master's degree preferred
    • Experience with conducting international survey research
    • Arabic language skills highly desirable
    • Knowledge and interest in the Middle East and North Africa


    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

    2-year term position with possibility of renewal

    Physical Capacity Exam Required


    Valid Driver's License Required



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