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Senior Research Support Associate
Job Number: 14431
Functional Area: Research - Other
Department: Political Science
School Area: Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences
Employment Type: Full-Time
Employment Category: Non-Exempt
Visa Sponsorship Available: No
Schedule: M-F
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SENIOR RESEARCH SUPPORT ASSOCIATE, Political Science, to oversee the day-to-day research activities of the MIT Election Data and Science Lab (MEDSL).  MEDSL advances and disseminates scientific knowledge about the conduct of elections in the U.S. and around the world. The lab will conduct and disseminate research of its own on election science, serve as a clearinghouse for research produced by others, and serve as a hub for a growing network of election scientists throughout the U.S.  Its major initiatives over the next two years will be to launch a website that supports a variety of research networks related to election science, establish a data hub to encourage the sharing of new datasets devoted to the scientific analysis of elections, and support the future development and updates of the Elections Performance Index (EPI).  Responsibilities include assisting with research by locating information, proofreading work, performing data analysis, and preparing tables for papers; performing general administrative duties, e.g., correspondence, travel, etc.; assisting with preparing the update of the 2016 EPI, downloading and reviewing accuracy of datasets and preparing correspondence with state election officials to help verify data accuracy; and assisting the lab’s research scientist in conducting research.

This position is ideal for someone interested in gaining research experience in political science as a stepping stone to graduate school or for a position in the public or private sectors.

REQUIRED:  thorough knowledge of social science data collection and management and statistical analysis skills and knowledge of statistical software (R or Stata).  Research experience in voting, elections, election administration, redistricting, campaign finance, or similar subjects preferred; as is a bachelor’s degree. Job #14431-5

This is a one-year position with the possibility of an extension to two more years.


MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

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