Skip to main content

The Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) at Qatar University is pleased to announce the opening of a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow position located in Doha, Qatar. This is a full-time position for a period of one year, with a start date that is negotiable, and the possibility of a one-year renewal upon mutual agreement.

This fellowship is attached to SESRI’s Policy Unit. Scholars with a recent doctoral degree from a relevant social science or related discipline are encouraged to apply, but we are especially interested in persons with knowledge and experience in one or more of the following priority policy areas: education, marriage and family, migration, economics and political economy, environment, energy and water, health, and public administration. Priority will be given to candidates who are bilingual (Arabic and English) and who have experience with collecting and using survey data as part of their own research as well as substantive interests in the cultures, societies, and public affairs of the Arab Gulf states.

In addition to working on your own research, duties will include some combination of the following activities: participating in the development, design and implementation of national surveys in Qatar and comparative studies in the Gulf region; presenting results from surveys administered by SESRI at local and international conferences and to public and private sector audiences; co-authoring papers, articles, and policy reports that utilize findings from surveys undertaken by SESRI; teaching seminars in collaboration with personnel from SESRI and the University of Michigan; collaborating with personnel from SESRI and the University of Michigan on research projects of joint interest; and participating in the intellectual life of SESRI and Qatar University.

Compensation includes a competitive salary, which is tax-free in Qatar (but persons will still be responsible for any applicable taxes from their country of origin), along with a generous fringe benefits package that includes health insurance. Furnished housing is also provided at no additional cost outside of expenses such as utilities, cable, and Internet access. Applicants will have their flight and moving expenses paid for at the beginning and end of their appointment, as well as one round-trip flight home annually. Educational allowances for up to three accompanying children are also available.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, a recent curriculum vitae, a representative writing sample, a statement of research and policy interests of no more than three pages in length, a letter of recommendation, and the contact information for two additional references by email to

Applications will be reviewed beginning on November 13, 2016, but the position will remain open until filled.

About SESRI: SESRI is an academic survey research institute established in 2008 at Qatar University in close association with the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.  It undertakes original and groundbreaking surveys of citizens and residents of Qatar and other Gulf Cooperation Council states via telephone and face-to-face interviews, amassing a diverse collection of data unparalleled in the region.  Previous areas of study include, among others, education, gender, labor, politics, regional integration, and survey methodology. SESRI has partnered with the World Values Survey, the World Economic Forum’s Executive Opinion Survey, and other international survey efforts, and since 2010 has secured more than $5.3 million in external project funding through the Qatar National Research Fund.  Increasingly recognized for their quality and variety, SESRI data have appeared in such forums as Foreign Policy, Middle East Policy, and the Middle East Research and Information Project. Established in June 2015, SESRI’s Policy Unit aims to utilize new and existing SESRI data to engage in empirical-backed analysis and debate of policy questions of relevance to Qatar and the Gulf.

Comments are closed.