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Director of Research and Principal Research Scientist, MIT Center for International Studies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for International Studies
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Posted Date
Mar 27, 2023

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
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Employment Type
Full Time

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The Director of Research / Principal Research Scientist of the MIT Center for International Studies will be responsible for overseeing research activities, data administration, visiting scholar engagement and fellowships. Research activities will include grant- and visitor-related research activities and engagements hosted by the Center, including the review and oversight of various awards. The individual will also maintain an active research agenda related to the mission of the Center. The Director of Research will report directly to the Center Director to develop a strategic approach to research initiatives and in consultation with other Center leadership to disseminate key findings to the MIT and broader communities.

Minimum Required Education And Experience: Ph.D. in a social science field related to international affairs and a strong record of scholarly publication appropriate for number of years since receipt of the degree. At least two years of experience studying, working, and/or conducting research overseas. Minimum of 2 years of experience as a researcher at research universities or other research organizations (external to the candidate’s PhD-granting institution).The individual may need to travel up to 6 weeks / year for research, conferences, and exchanges. The individual may need to work up to 15 additional days and/ or nights/year for special events, workshops, etc. Deals with confidential information and/or issues using discretion and judgment.

Preferred Education And Experience: Fluency in at least one foreign language. Advanced quantitative analysis and/or GIS analysis skills. Experience developing databases.



The Center for International Studies (CIS) aims to support and promote international research and education at MIT. The Center has traditionally been aligned with the social sciences while working with MIT’s premier science and engineering scholars whenever possible. We produce research that creatively addresses global issues, while helping to educate the next generation of global citizens.


The work and expertise of CIS-affiliated scholars inform public opinion, government decision makers, international organizations, and the MIT community. The Center’s programs, projects, and the individual output of faculty, staff, and graduate students are reflected in research, public outreach, and publications.

CIS includes 120 members of MIT faculty and staff, mainly drawn from the departments of political science and urban studies, and visiting scholars from around the world. The Center is committed to supporting diversity, inclusion, equity, and well-being among the students, faculty, staff, and visitors who form our community. 

The Center’s annual budget is roughly $11.4 million. Our work is supported by individual donors, foundations, and governments. We also receive support from endowment income and MIT.


The Center’s research and education programs contribute to MIT’s long-standing emphasis on creation of knowledge for the public good. The Security Studies Program (SSP) is widely recognized as a leader in its field, generating important insights into international security issues and training graduate students for influential careers in academia, government, business, and civil society organizations. The MIT Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI), the Center’s international education program for MIT students, is a pioneering effort that has brought the world to thousands of students through laboratory internships abroad and educational events on campus. Visit our Center’s Programs page for a complete list of our programs.

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