Research Associate, Pardee Center - Korbel School of International Studies

The University Of Denver
  • Location
    Denver, Colorado
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Sep 25

Position description

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures is the home of long-term forecasting and global trend analysis at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. International Futures (IFs) is a large-scale, long-term, integrated global modeling system that represents demographic, economic, health, energy, agriculture, education, infrastructure, socio-political, environmental, and international politics subsystems for 186 countries interacting in the global system. The Pardee Center works heavily on sponsored research projects with various government institutions, international organizations, NGOs, and to a lesser extent, private sector clients.

The center is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a pluralistic environment. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will advance this commitment through their research and service.

Position Summary

The Diplometrics research program at the Pardee Center seeks to better understand and measure relationships in the international system by integrating three key efforts: data gathering, tool building, and analysis. Diplometrics focuses on dyadic state interactions that measure the depth and breadth of political, diplomatic, economic, security, and cultural ties between countries. The primary goal of Diplometrics is to define what the international system actually is and to explore how states and other actors operate within its boundaries.

The Heads of State & Government Travel Research Associate & Project Manager is responsible for developing timely, high-quality research products related to the quantitative and qualitative study of international relations. This individual will be expected to manage a large team of graduate research assistants for a fast-paced data collection project tracking overseas travel by government leaders, including heads of government, heads of state, and selected cabinet-level ministers. They will also be expected to independently develop research ideas and collaboratively execute research with Pardee Center staff and graduate student researchers. This work will include academic writing and public outreach as well. This is a one-year appointment with the opportunity to extend as funding allows.

Essential Functions

The Research Associate & Project Manager will manage a large team of graduate research assistants for a fast-paced data collection project tracking government leader travel. Essential functions include: training coders; vetting data; establishing and maintaining data management processes; creating and maintaining technical documentation; using quantitative methods to analyze patterns in government leader travel; and collaborating on academic publications, op-eds, and policy briefs. 

While the primary emphasis of this position will be on maintaining, updating, and analyzing the government leader travel dataset, this position will also support the broader Diplometrics research agenda. This research agenda includes: gathering data on diplomatic ties, military capabilities and security dependencies, and political and cultural affinity; constructing indices measuring national power and influence; and qualitatively and quantitatively analyzing bilateral and network interactions within the international system.

This individual is expected to:

  • Lead in data management and creation of event datasets.
  • Ensure that the data gathered are of the highest possible quality.
  • Develop and maintain technical documentation of data management processes.
  • Interpret data and identify relevant analyses with the goal of providing actionable insights.
  • Leverage their knowledge of international relations theory.
  • Discern the appropriate qualitative or quantitative technique to help improve our understanding of the data/challenge at hand.
  • Work independently as well as contribute to team problem-solving efforts to meet partner deadlines and objectives.
  • The Diplometrics research program has several tools under development; the Research Associate & Project Manager may be asked to assume a leadership role in guiding the evolution of these products. Successful management of these products requires a strong understanding of the goals of Diplometrics and excellent communication skills.
  • This position will manage a team of graduate Research Assistants and temporary or work study positions.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • A demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, students, and community partners from diverse backgrounds and cultural identities feel welcome and valued.
  • Detail-oriented with strong problem-solving and troubleshooting skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and delegate work to meet deadlines, objectives and quality metrics.
  • Ability to present complex research findings clearly and accurately.
  • Training in research methods.
  • Training in statistics and quantitative research methods.
  • Knowledge of and interest in international relations theory and concepts.
  • Proficient to advanced-level skill with Excel, including experience with pivot tables, formulas, and data sorting/filtering.
  • Excellent technical writing skills to support academic research, project white papers, policy briefs, and grant applications.
  • Proficiency with Stata, Tableau, or ArcGIS, or other data visualization & analysis software.

Required Qualifications

  • BA in Political Science, Public Policy, International Relations, Economics, Statistics, or other relevant quantitative disciplines.
  • Experience in writing related to international relations and foreign policy.
  • Experience working with data analysis, collection, and/or coding.
  • Team leadership experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • MA or PhD in Political Science, Public Policy, International Relations, Economics, Statistics, or other relevant quantitative disciplines.
  • Experience supervising and overseeing researchers to complete research tasks.
  • Experience working with quantitative tools to perform data cleaning, data transformation, and statistical analyses.
  • Experience coding, cleaning, and analyzing event data sets.
  • 1+ year(s) systematic data collection experience.
  • 1+ year(s) data analysis experience.
  • 1+ year(s) project management experience.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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