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Research Associate

Chapman University
Orange, California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 12, 2024

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Position Title

Research Associate

Position Type


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Full or Part Time

Full-Time 40 Hours Weekly

Fair Labor Standard Act Classification


Anticipated Pay Range

$66,560 - $68,000

Pay Range Information

Chapman University is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this position. This range takes into account a variety of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions, including experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. Salary offers are determined based on the final candidate’s qualifications and experience, as well as internal equity and other internal factors. The anticipated pay range is not a promise of a particular wage.

Position Summary Information

Job Description Summary

The Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy at Chapman University seeks up to three two-year research associates, beginning in August 2024. Candidates in the disciplines of economics and philosophy are particularly welcome, but we will seriously consider any candidate interested in pursuing work that cuts across disciplines of social sciences and humanities more broadly.

The Smith Institute houses scholars from economics, literature, film and philosophy. Its mission is to reintegrate the study of economics and the humanities, and to combine undergraduate education and research as a discovery process. Members of the institute are encouraged to pursue these aims by teaching innovative classes.

This is an exempt Academic Professional/ Administrator position. This position is eligible for participation in our health and welfare benefits, supplemental retirement plan, accrued sick time, vacation, and Holiday pay.

  • We seek candidates with the ability to generate and publish research of the highest quality. Research associates will also be expected to teach one course per year.
  • Design and execute research methodology
  • Collaborate with other faculty with similar research interests.
Required Qualifications
  • PhD in Economics, Philosophy, or relevant field if research; or equivalent prior to beginning the position. Applicants must address in their cover letter how their teaching and research fit with the mission of the Smith Institute and the value that transdisciplinary research and teaching will have for their career.
  • Knowledge of and with the ability to conduct research and experimental methods.
  • Strong writing skills and communication skills to interact with a diverse group of individuals.
  • Ability to work with confidential information.
  • Ability to collaborate with faculty members and follow proper protocols and university policies and procedures.
  • Excellent problem solving skills and analytical skills to formulate and communicate findings.
  • Proven ability to work part of a team.
  • Strong organizational skills to plan, prioritize deadlines and perform multiple tasks without supervision.
  • Technical skills to learn and use enterprise skills and departmental tools
Desired Qualifications

Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2024 until all positions are filled. Applicants should submit these required documents:

1) Chapman Application*
2) Cover Letter*
3) Curriculum Vitae*
4) Job Market Paper or Writing Sample*
5) 3 recommendation letters*
6) Other Document (Optional)

Please submit ALL application materials through the Job Openings for Economists ( JOE ) website. Applicants must also submit a Chapman application via the link above. Inquiries can be submitted via email to Samantha Aronson: Please use “Smith Institute Research Associate” in the email subject.

Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Applicants for Staff and Administrator positions must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Chapman University does not sponsor applicants for Staff and Administrator positions for work visas.

The offer of employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion and outcomes of a criminal background screening, and upon you accepting and returning a signed original Agreement to Arbitrate.

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Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Other Document
  4. Work Samples
Optional Documents


 Chapman University

Founded in 1861, Chapman University is a nationally-ranked private university in Orange, California, about 20 minutes away from Pacific Ocean beaches. Whether you're a scientist or a screenwriter, Chapman University’s close proximity to industry leaders will propel you and jumpstart your career..

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