Senior Research Specialist - School of Public and International Affairs

New Jersey
Tuesday, 25 August 2020
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Sunday, 25 October 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Bridging Divides Initiative (BDI) in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University seeks two Senior Research Specialists to help drive research working to monitor, measure, and predict the risk of political or targeted violence in the United States. Position is remote, with strong preference for availability during standard EST working hour  

About Bridging Divides Initiative:

The Bridging Divides Initiative at Princeton University works to support local community resilience in the United States, building on expertise from political and elections work around the world. 

  1. BDI uses different tools and methodologies to track demonstrations and political violence in real time, providing new data and risk analysis so that local communities and national organizations will be better able to address issues before they escalate.
  2. BDI works to build an expansive picture of peacebuilding and reconciliation organizations across the country, to highlight existing work while developing new avenues for coordination and support.

BDI has an immediate focus of mitigating political violence in the US around the 2020 election, while ultimately supporting longer-term efforts towards reconciliation and addressing societal polarization.

Our risk and data mapping efforts focus on providing timely, relevant, and nation-wide data to organizations and policy-makers working to address political violence. We work to connect static and existing data across disciplines, as well as with data partner Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) and Virginia Tech’s Discovery Analytics Center to advance the collection and dissemination of new, dynamically updated data and analysis.

The Senior Research Specialists will work closely with BDI’s core team to obtain, clean, transfer, or otherwise prepare data for visualization and/or analysis - including some automation from existing APIs. The Senior Research Specialists will help update public facing visualizations or custom visualization, often helping to provide real time, custom analysis to local leaders in a variety of disciplines and organizations. The Senior Research Specialist will also support the project in targeted outreach to data partners, civil society, or others key to advancing the initiatives objectives and communicating tools/resources broadly.

Data and analysis will be shared on a public website designed for use in support of local leaders working to address political violence, including in both short term response and long term research and reconciliation work

The Senior Research Specialists will be a key member of the BDI team, reporting to the Director.

The position is a six month term position with the possiblity of reappointment.



  • Interest in and commitment to supporting civil society efforts to address political violence, abroad and/or in the US. 
  • Demonstrated ability, or strong commitment to learning to work collaboratively on a fast-paced team and to translate research findings to policy and practitioner audiences. 
  • Experience with R, with preference for additional experience with R Studio’s Shiny tool, GIS, HTML/CSS, and/or Python or other programming languages.
  • Detail oriented, self-directed, and ability to independently work on multiple small projects at the same time.
  • Bachelor's Degree

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.