Research Specialist

Massachusetts, United States
22 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
22 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

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.

RESEARCH SPECIALISTPolitical Science-MIT Governance Lab (MIT GOV/LAB), to support the day-to-day research activities of the lab. MIT GOV/LAB is a group of political scientists focusing on innovation in citizen engagement and government responsiveness. Will support a faculty principal investigator in developing, planning, and executing an integrated design process for governance solutions, including project cycles, timelines, and work plans; conduct, synthesize, and present research on users, existing products, and technologies to understand partner needs, develop recommendations, and define execution plans; identify and assemble project teams; plan workshops, modules, and design sessions; identify and work with in-country partners to evaluate and guide opportunities and product design; lead the creation of organizational design strategy and establish visual design guidelines; and perform other duties as necessary to support lab activities.  Supervision will be provided by the faculty director of MIT GOV/LAB. 

Job Requirements

REQUIREDa bachelor’s degree; at least four years’ professional experience; excellent written, oral, and visual communication and presentation skills; flexibility; initiative; and the ability to work both as part of a team and as an independent researcher. 

PREFERRED a master’s degree; experience in governance, international development, design, and/or political behavior research; and a demonstrated interest in and experience with practitioner-oriented research, particularly MIT GOV/LAB’s model of engaged scholarship (rigorous research that is co-created by practitioners and grounded in local problems). Job #18964

This appointment is for one year with possibility of extension based on needs, funding, and performance.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

MIT considers equivalent combinations of experience and education for certain jobs. All candidates who believe they possess equivalent experience and education are encouraged to apply.