Duke University, School of Law

Position ID:Duke-Law-AIRWCSJ23 [#24266]
Position Title: Associate in Research, Wilson Center for Science and Justice
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Law
Appl Deadline:2023/04/17 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2023/02/02, finished 2023/05/16, listed until 2023/04/17)
Position Description:    

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Duke University:
Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.

Job Title: Associate in Research
Job Code: 1420
Job Level: 00
Job Family: JF 27

Occupational Summary
The Associate in Research (AIR) will
help conduct empirical research on policing with Professor Ben Grunwald and other faculty and staff in the Wilson Center for Science and Justice (WCSJ) at Duke Law School. Likely research topics include the law enforcement labor market, use of force, racial disparities, private policing, and policing rhetoric on social media. The AIR will collect, build, clean, and manage data sets, construct and test econometric models, conduct complex data analysis, write and edit research documentation, discover and obtain new data sources, help with the design of experimental and survey studies, and perform other duties necessary to the social science research enterprise.

Much of the research will be conducted in collaboration with Professor John Rappaport of University of Chicago School of Law. For more information about Professor Grunwald’s research, please visit his faculty webpage at https://law.duke.edu/fac/grunwald; for Professor Rappaport’s, please visit https://www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/rappaport.

This is a term-limited, 2-year position contingent on available grant funding.

Work Performed

·         Collect, clean, process, and merge rich datasets on interstate police employment, misconduct, use of force, and police activity on social media.

·         Use statistical methods to explore policy-relevant empirical questions involving both descriptive techniques and causal inference.

·         Write research documentation describing data processing, analysis, and results.

·         Document and organize code to facilitate reproducibility.

·         File public records requests to multiple state and local agencies.

·         Supervise or train undergraduate research assistants.

·         File and manage IRB applications.

Minimum Qualifications

Work requires a bachelor's degree in a related field, including quantitative disciplines such as economics, criminology, sociology, public policy, political science, computer science, or statistics. 


·         Work requires some experience in research/data analysis or related; this experience may be comprised of undergraduate work including honors theses, internships, research assistantships, etc.

·         Work requires competence and experience programming with R to clean and process data, conduct statistical and econometric analysis, and generate graphical visualizations.

·         Applicants who will have graduated from a bachelor’s program by May 2023 are encouraged to apply.

·         Significant research experience through a faculty research assistantship, a senior thesis, post-bachelor graduate work, or otherwise is strongly preferred.

·         Familiarity with statistical packages and programming languages like Stata, Python, SAS, or ArcGIS is preferred.

·         Prior experience scraping data is also preferred.

Skills and Abilities

  • Must be self-directed
  • Ability to work independently and within teams
  • Ability to work effectively across multiple projects
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail 

Applicants should submit a cover letter that includes a statement describing: How have you addressed values of equity, diversity, inclusion in the past, and how do you see yourself advancing them in this position? 

Duke University 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.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
email address
210 Science Drive
Suite 1015, Duke Box 90362
Durham, NC 27708-0362