Duke University, Department of Political Science

Position ID:Duke-Department of Political Science-POSTDOCRESEARCHSCIENTISTSR [#13231]
Position Title: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow/Research Scientist, Sr
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Political Economy
Appl Deadline: finished (2019/02/04, finished 2019/08/06)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

DevLab@Duke connects social scientists at Duke University who work in international development with the community of development practitioners. The Lab works directly with donors such as USAID and the World Bank on research opportunities, the promotion of evaluable programming, and on impact evaluations themselves. The Lab also works with implementers, such as RTI, DAI and others at the project proposal stage as well as the implementation and monitoring/evaluation stages. We are cross-sectoral, interdisciplinary, and interested in pushing the boundary between the academic and policy worlds with a permanent eye toward improving the lives of the poor.

DevLab@Duke seeks a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow or development professional to work with our team of scholars and graduate students focused on applied international development. The Research Fellow will be responsible for coordinating the DevLab’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for Development (MELD) Program and serving as a PI on various research and evaluation opportunities through DevLab. The MELD program engages students in the management and implementation of real-world development research and evaluation, with the objective of strengthening both research and management skills. MELD includes an applied seminar that trains students on the typical international development program cycle. In conjunction with the seminar, the Research Fellow will work with MELD students and DevLab PIs to coordinate student internships on designated DevLab project during Fall, Spring, and/or Summer sessions. Potential projects include performance and impact evaluations, as well as sector assessments and evidence reviews to inform development programming for donors. All internship work is focused on building skills and confidence in real-world research and evaluation practices.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to: •Working with DevLab leadership and scholars to develop the MELD curriculum and lead the MELD seminar. •Working in collaboration with DevLab PIs to facilitate internships for MELD students on designated DevLab research and evaluation projects. •Engage as a PI on projects. •Research support to academic publications; we also welcome candidates with independent research agendas as there will be many opportunities to help design large field experiments, develop original surveys, etc. •Engage closely with multiple interdisciplinary research teams working across a broad swatch of development sectors. •Limited support to grant conceptualization, proposal preparation, grants management and report writing. The ideal candidate has a PhD in a social science discipline, experience with research and evaluation in developing countries, familiarity with the international development industry, and teaching experience. The position is based in Durham, NC and may involve modest domestic and international travel.

Required Qualifications: •2+ years of experience implementing field based research in developing countries. •Strong teaching abilities. •Strong management skills and demonstrated success managing projects in a fast paced setting. •Data analysis skills. •Strong interpersonal skills and eagerness to work in a lab-like setting. •Experience with IRB procedures. •Experience developing survey instruments.

Desired Qualifications: •Experience with budgeting and administration in the international development industry.

There is no deadline for applying to the opening; applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting immediately. The position comes with competitive salary and benefits. The formal appointment is as a Senior Research Scientist. The initial appointment is for one year with possibility of renewal for up to three years. Applicants should submit a CV, course evaluations, reference letters (up to 3), as well as a cover letter explaining their interest in and fit for the position. All application materials should be submitted electronically using the following site: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/_____.

Duke University is located in Durham, North Carolina. Durham and the surrounding Research Triangle are home to several major universities and a booming cultural life. Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. For questions, please contact Heather Huntington, heather.huntington@duke.edu.

Duke is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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Further Info:
Political Science
Box 90204
Durham, NC

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