RESEARCH SCIENTIST, Political Science, to manage 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. 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 data sets devoted to the scientific analysis of elections, and support the future development/updates of the Elections Performance Index (EPI). Responsibilities include assisting the director in designing and implementing research projects, gathering and analyzing data, designing research protocols, and documenting research results; daily EPI updates for the 2016 (and possibly 2018) election, acquiring data and designing protocols to update indicators, cleaning and checking data accuracy, and working with web designers to modify the EPI website; overseeing the creation of the permanent MEDSL website; monitoring the work of students; keeping current on the latest scholarly research; interfacing with scholars around the country to facilitate the lab's outreach work; and other administrative/financial/clerical duties.
REQUIRED: master's degree or at least three years' field experience in elections and voting research, experience independently analyzing data using statistical programs (e.g., R, Stata), superior written and oral communication skills, flexibility, initiative, and ability to work independently and as part of a team. Demonstrated research experience in voting, elections, election administration, redistricting, campaign finance, or similar subjects preferred. Ph.D. in political science, public policy, public administration, or related field preferred. Knowledge of web design and social media strategy useful. Job #14424
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