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Temporary Environmental Social Sciences Research Assistant

Princeton University
Princeton Junction, New Jersey, US
Closing date
May 19, 2022
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Researchers at Princeton University, Northeastern University and Texas A&M University are seeking a temporary research assistant to support a new interdisciplinary project investigating how community organizations (homeowners associations, neighborhood associations, etc.) shape individual and collective behaviors around natural disaster response and preparedness. The research assistant will work directly with Dr. Sara Constantino and Dr. Alicia Cooperman on a mixed-methods research project engaging with coastal communities on the Texas Gulf Coast, in Miami and other locations. The ideal candidate can come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds but should be highly motivated and interested in social science, public policy, and environmental issues.


The temporary research assistant will assist with detailed site analysis, including background research about future research case studies, identifying local stakeholders for qualitative interviews, literature review, developing qualitative interview guides, and conducting qualitative interviews and/or focus groups during site visits. The research assistant will use existing quantitative datasets to guide site selection and background research. There may be potential for co-authorship based on project work.


The position is ideal for someone considering a research career in qualitative or quantitative social science and interested in applying research to address social problems (e.g. climate change and inequality) who already has considerable experience with qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis. This position offers ample opportunities to learn and develop research skills and receive professional mentorship (e.g. in preparation for applying to a PhD or Postdoctoral Research position) from interdisciplinary academics working across several institutions.

Required Skills:
  • Detail oriented, problem solver, conscientious, strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent analytical, written and verbal communication skills
  • Qualitative research (i.e. conducting interviews or focus groups, transcribing and analyzing interviews, qualitative analysis software e.g. nVIVO)
  • Comfort with statistical analyses
  • Quantitative research (i.e. identifying data sources, analyzing data in R (or equivalent) and/or spatial data in GIS)
  • Site analysis (i.e. collecting data and contextual details related to specific sites, identifying
  • key stakeholders)
  • Ability to travel within United States for up to a week at a time
  • B.A. or B.S. in related field

Additional Helpful Skills:
  • Familiarity conducting literature reviews
  • Experience preparing IRB protocols
  • Experience with project management
  • Knowledge of environmental social sciences / climate change literature

For more information or to apply please send your CV/resume, a cover letter, and contact information for two references by email to Prof. Alicia Cooperman ( and/or Prof. Sara Constantino ( by April 30st, 2022.

Be advised that you will be contacted only if there is further interest in your application. Your candidate dashboard may not display status updates for this requisition.

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

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