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POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Political Science-MIT Governance Lab (MIT GOV/LAB), to lead collaborative projects with practitioner partners on governance and political behavior. Will contribute to MIT GOV/LAB applied research projects, with approximately 25% of time allotted for independent research. The position offers the opportunity to drive GOV/LAB’s mission to produce and promote engaged scholarship, a process of rigorous research that is co-created by practitioners and grounded in local problems. Responsibilities include conducting collaborative applied and policy-relevant research studies with practitioner organizations, established scholars and leaders, and global partners to define evidence-based frameworks that are practical and specific to the governance and accountability fields, ultimately delivering impact and value; carrying out all policy research study components, including conceptualization, design, implementation, data analysis, and writing of reports/policy briefs; contributing to the development of tools for engaged scholarship and wider interdisciplinary research activities; developing and executing independent research projects for eventual publication in academic journals; and additional responsibilities as determined by organizational needs.
MIT GOV/LAB focuses on innovation in citizen engagement and government responsiveness.
REQUIRED: Ph.D. (with all requirements completed by the start date) in political science, social psychology, economics, public policy, or related social science field; advanced quantitative methods training with expertise in experiments, identification, and causal inference; demonstrated research experience in citizen engagement, government accountability, public trust, and other related areas; experience in the practitioner world, with expertise in developing country contexts; publications that contribute to the study of the above-noted areas; attention to detail; self-motivation; ability to work on projects independently, handle multiple projects concurrently, and meet deadlines; and demonstrated proficiency with statistical software (e.g., Stata/R). PREFERRED: qualitative fieldwork experience. Job #19574
Application material should include a cover letter, CV, and a three to five page research statement of primary research interests including ongoing and planned projects. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide three letters of reference.
The appointment is for one year beginning July/August 2021 (flexible start date), with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Will work from the United States for the duration of the appointment. There are no teaching requirements for this position. The position is eligible for MIT benefits.