Researcher - Academic Support, The Fletcher School

TUFTS University
  • Location
    Medford, Massachusetts
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 10

Position description

The Fletcher School is the United States’ first professional graduate school of international affairs. Since 1933 Fletcher’s multi-disciplinary education in international relations, law, and business, has prepared the world’s leaders to become innovative problem-solvers in government, private sector, and non-governmental organizations. The Fletcher School seeks to fulfill its mission in the most environmentally sensible way possible.

Under direction of faculty or senior research staff, participates in design and development of research study, execution of protocols and plans, data analysis and reporting of results for research projects and studies. May provide training and direction to support staff, temps and student workers. More specifically, this position includes theoretical and applied research with Arctic coastal communities and Indigenous peoples to address Arctic Ocean sustainability and infrastructure development. This research will be part of an holistic (international, interdisciplinary and inclusive) process to integrate evidence from the natural and social sciences, revealing options (without advocacy), which can used or ignored explicitly, contributing to informed decision-making about built assets and governance mechanisms on a pan-Arctic scale. The Researcher will be responsible for leading research and engagement activities focusing on several related themes, including: The design of data and information infrastructures to accommodate diverse priorities, knowledge forms, and scales of application, with a focus on Arctic coastal community information needs; Collaborative and interdisciplinary knowledge production as a social practice, with a particular focus on the evolution of relationships between Indigenous knowledge holders and scientists in the Arctic; The implications and applications of multi-level governance systems in relation to Arctic coastal infrastructure development, considering cumulative environmental and social impacts of evolving marine use and climate change; and Mapping risks, concerns and capacities of coastal communities around the Arctic Ocean, identifying options to address Indigenous rights and governance regimes.


 Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline and 5+ years research experience.
  • Research and data management skills.
  • Proficiency with statistical software.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A completed Ph.D. in social sciences.
  • Experience working collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • Experience working with Arctic coastal communities and Indigenous peoples’ organizations.
  • Creativity, with an ability to work well independently and as a key collaborator in teams.
  • Respect for diverse cultures and backgrounds. 
  • Project management and leadership skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Problem-solving ability.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Experience in interdisciplinary research involving social and natural scientists. 
  • Experience with research communication to broad audiences.

Special Work Schedule Requirements:
Occasional domestic and international travel may be required. Occasional weekend and evening work may be required.

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

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