Research Specialist II

New Jersey, United States
Wednesday, 29 July 2020
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time

Department   Sociology
Category   Research and Laboratory
Full-Time / Part-Time   Full-Time


The Department of Sociology at Princeton University is seeking a fullp-time research specialist under the supervision of Professors Jonathan Mummolo (Politics), Olga Russakovsky (Computer Science) and Brandon Stewart (Sociology) in cooperation with Dean Knox (Operations, Information and Decisions, University of Pennsylvania). 

Successful candidates will have a background in statistics, data science, economics, quantitative social science, and/or computer science. 

The successful candidate will take a leadership role in a multi-year project developing tools for analyzing video content generated by police body-worn cameras (BWCs) using cutting edge artificial intelligence. In addition to facilitating scholarly work on a host of topics, these tools will allow law enforcement agencies to flag patterns of officer behavior for review, informing future officer training programs. This research may also eventually contribute to a real-time system that flags early warning signs of violent encounters to promote de-escalation strategies. Outstanding performance in this role will lead to opportunities to coauthor scholarly publications.

Salary is competitive and employee is benefits-eligible. This is one year term position starting as early as August 2020 and ending no later than August 30, 2021. It is expected that work will be done remotely until notified by the PI that work can resume in the office.

Applicants should submit a dossier in the Other Documents field, including:

  1. a complete vita,
  2. a cover letter of interest,
  3. names and contact information of up to three persons who can serve as references,
  4. a writing sample that includes quantitative analysis.

All materials should be submitted as one continuous PDF. Materials submitted by regular mail or email will not be accepted.


  • Leading the overall development of the project
  • Working closely with the PIs and graduate students to formulate a protocol for hand-coding BWC footage
  • Designing a safe hand-coding system for the review of BWC footage, in consultation with mental health experts
  • Supervising computer programmers in building the hand-coding system
  • Taking the lead on recruiting and supervising teams of hourly workers to perform the hand-coding and related tasks



  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher
  • Excellent leadership and managerial skills
  • Strong ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to meet or exceed deadlines
  • Eligibility to work in the United States


  • Experience managing interdisciplinary teams
  • Experience with computer programming (Python, Javascript, R) 
  • Coursework in the social sciences (e.g. economics, political science, sociology) and/or technical training (e.g., statistics, computer science) 
  • Experience with applied research a plus
  • Experience with audio/video editing programs a plus

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW.