Assistant Research Social Scientist

University of Arizona- School of Government & Public Policy
Arizona, United States
Competitive Salary
Sep 24, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Summary
The School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP) at the University of Arizona invites applications for an assistant research social scientist position in the Arizona Policy Lab, beginning in Spring 2021. The Arizona Policy Lab ( is devoted to producing evidence-based policy research (including surveys, experiments, and other human subjects research) with relevance for scholars, elected leaders, public officials, industry, and citizens. Our activities are grounded in cutting-edge scientific practices, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and the mentoring and training of undergraduate and graduate students. The Research Social Scientist position will be responsible for the oversight of research and training in the Lab. The position involves teaching 1 undergraduate course per year and allows for opportunities to collaborate on research and carry out independent research activities in the Lab.

The School of Government and Public Policy is a growing and vibrant academic community housing scholars of Political Science, Public Policy, and Administration and Management, and offers in person and online Bachelor's and Master's degrees, as well as an in-residence PhD. Additional information on the SGPP is available at SGPP is situated within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS).

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more. The University of Arizona has been recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution and, together with the SBS, has a strong commitment to diversity. The successful candidate must be able to work with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds; individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Duties & Responsibilities

• Oversee operation and daily management of the Lab;
• Coordinate and run research studies in the lab;
• Co-author or author publications and co-present research results at workshops and conferences;
• Train and mentor graduate and undergraduate research assistants;
• Actively participate in acquiring research funding, including initiating and writing grant proposals;
• Contribute to ensuring regulatory compliance of Lab activities, including by coordinating with IRB and granting agencies;
• Teach one class per year at the undergraduate level;
• Participate in outreach and contribute to departmental, college, and university service.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications: A PhD in public policy, political science, or a related social science field, is required by the time of appointment. A minimum of 8 years of relevant experience (which includes the duration of graduate studies) is typically required. The candidate will be expected to have a demonstrated ability to conduct and publish significant empirical research.

Contact Information for Candidates
General questions can be directed the School of Government & Public Policy, Manager of Administration, Angela Hackett at 

Candidates should submit a cover letter, statement of research and teaching interests (title of document slot within the application is “Statement of Research Interests”), current Curriculum Vitae, and a writing sample via the Uarizona Talent website: Application review will begin on October 19, 2020. Desired employment start date January, 2021. 

Letters of Reference: Applicants will need to provide three (3) letters of references. Please submit these letters of reference via email to the School of Government & Public Policy, Manager of Administration, Angela Hackett at