Senior Research Support Associate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Location
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 12

Position description

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity. 

SENIOR RESEARCH SUPPORT ASSOCIATE, Political Science--MIT Governance Lab (MIT GOV/LAB), to work with MIT GOV/LAB, a group of political scientists focusing on innovations in citizen engagement and government responsiveness.  Will oversee administration of research projects in developed and developing countries. Responsibilities include helping coordinate field research and travel logistics and processing expense reports; coordinating project details, including budgeting, scheduling meetings, and assisting with report preparation; helping process project commitments (agreements, contracts, work requests, purchase orders); providing basic analytical support for GOV/LAB researchers and their projects and assisting with research projects (e.g., data collection, documenting results, distributing research surveys); assisting with drafting and producing research reports for partners and donors, outlining and synthesizing research updates and outcomes; supporting outreach efforts on behalf of projects (e.g., popular writing for the GOV/LAB and partner websites, presentations for internal and external audiences); collaborating with research managers and research fellows; and supporting other research tasks as requested. 

This is an ideal position for a recent graduate interested in gaining research experience in political science.


REQUIRED:  excellent organizational and written and verbal English communication skills, ability to work independently and as a team member and to multitask and work under pressure, excellent Microsoft Office and internet research skills, and a desire to advance our understanding of the relationship between citizen engagement and government responsiveness. Statistical analysis (Stata or R) and data management (spreadsheets and databases) skills would be beneficial. Experience working in international settings a plus, as is experience with project coordination and time-line follow-up. A bachelor's degree in political science, international affairs, development, or a related social or policy science discipline desirable. Job #15701

This is a one-year position with the possibility of extension.  

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