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Post-baccalaureate Fellow – Junior Specialist

University of California, Riverside
Riverside, California
This is an 18-month fixed term position with an annual salary of $49,000
Posted Date
Oct 4, 2022

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Post-baccalaureate Fellow – Junior Specialist

The Political Science Department in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the University of California, Riverside (Riverside, CA) invites applications for a full-time, 18-month post-baccalaureate fellowship (Junior Specialist) to begin in the 2022-23 academic year.

Description of Job Responsibilities: The post-baccalaureate fellow will assist political science faculty with the Minority-Serving Institution Research Academy (MSIRA), consisting of advanced undergraduates engaged in research apprenticeships following ten weeks of formal training in research methods. MSIRA is supported by a National Science Foundation award to Marissa Brookes, Kim Yi Dionne, and Jennifer Merolla, and the post-baccalaureate fellow will work closely with these three faculty. The post-baccalaureate fellow will help manage the selection, on-boarding, training, oversight, and mentoring of the MSIRA fellows and will also receive training in social science research methods to facilitate their supervision of the undergraduate fellows. The post-baccalaureate fellow will also assist faculty directors in reviewing research proposals to help decide which proposals to make available to students selected and trained through our program. Additionally, this person will be responsible for planning and coordinating events and contributing to a research project in conjunction with the faculty directors.

A furnished, shared office in the political science department will be made available to the post-baccalaureate fellow to be used for data analysis and report writing. The fellow will also have access to UCR’s main and science libraries and a laptop computer outfitted with all software necessary to carry out their work.

Qualifications: Applicants must be junior scholars who have earned a BA in political science within the past three years (and no later than August 2022). The successful candidate will have strong writing and overall communication skills in addition to being a self-starter with outstanding problem-solving abilities. Preferred qualifications include competency with Excel, Qualtrics, STATA and/or R, conversance with various social media platforms, demonstrated leadership capacity, experience working with diverse populations, and an overall commitment to diversity in scholarship.

To ensure full consideration, applications and supporting material should be received by October 21, 2022 to be considered. The position will remain open until filled.

Salary: This is an 18-month fixed term position with an annual salary of $49,000.

Required materials will include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae or resume, contact information for three references, unofficial undergraduate transcripts, and a statement of past and/or planned future contributions to advancing diversity, equity and inclusive excellence. Inquiries may be sent to

Applications and materials will be submitted using UCR’s online application system located at

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

University of California COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy
As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy ( All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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