Research Associate in Public Policy and Social Research

Michigan State University College of Social Science

Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: Inst For Public Policy & Social Research 10038776
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The Institute for Public Policy and Social Research seeks a full-time post-doctoral Research Associate to serve a fixed term position (one year renewable for a second year based on funding and performance) to oversee research on the Correlates of State Policy Project and related research. The Project aims to compile, disseminate, and encourage the use of data relevant to U.S. state policy research, tracking policy differences across and change over time in the 50 states as well as their causes and consequences. The Project is also expanding to incorporate federal congressional and district data. The Research Associate will be responsible for upkeep and expansion of the dataset and use of these data to produce peer-reviewed academic research. Appropriate candidates will demonstrate familiarity and use of this data as well as extensive experience in R statistical software and project management. Experience with R package development and Shiny apps would be a significant advantage. We welcome applicants from political science, sociology, economics, public policy, and related fields. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate - Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Public Policy, or related field 

Minimum Requirements

The applicant must anticipate a PhD by the date of hire in the areas of political science, sociology, economics, public policy, and related fields.

Required Application Materials

Interested applicants should send a cover letter explaining research interests, qualifications, career goals and a description of prior research, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three references. We will contact references only if the department requests it.

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Advertised: Feb 21, 2022 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Feb 21, 2024 Eastern Standard Time