Senior Research Specialist I

1 month ago
Research and Laboratory
Full-Time / Part-Time


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 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



  • 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 multilevel modeling
  • Knowledge and interest in the Middle East and North Africa


  • 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)


Comments Related to End Date

This is an 18 month term position with the possibility of renewal based on grant funding.

Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required



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