Skip to main content

The Center for Political Studies (CPS; at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research seeks to hire an Outreach Associate (Research Area Specialist Intermediate) in a research staff position in support of a project titled, “Understanding Marginalized Communities in the Arab World Through Social Science Research: Gaining Insight, Enhancing Capacity, Building Collaborations, Contributing to Solutions.” CPS is home to 50 world-class faculty and associated with dozens of research projects, including the Arab Barometer ( This position offers challenging work and opportunities for professional and personal growth.

Applications will be accepted only through the U-M jobs website:

The Job Opening ID is 154406.

Questions about the position can be emailed to Michael Robbins:


The Outreach Associate will have a strong background in the social sciences and research design, including a Master’s degree in a relevant field. A knowledge of and interest in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is required. Fluency in Arabic is required.

The primary content that will be developed for the project is: (1) curricula for four one-week workshops to provide training and an in-depth research experience to a core group of junior Arab social scientists; (2) Findings from, and recommendations based on, problem-focused research dealing with education and women’s empowerment deficits in the MENA region; (3) A major concluding conference at which the results of the workshops and research are shared and assessed; (4) Academic papers, reports, and policy briefs authored by workshop participants; and (5) A new website to anchor and provide continuity for on-going dissemination activities that reach a variety of audiences. The intended communications impact is to develop research that can generate public policy ideas to improve the lives of members of marginalized communities living in MENA.

Responsibilities of the position are as follows: Ensure the success of assigned research projects and personnel. Assist in developing, implementing, and managing projects, infrastructure, technology, conferences, data collections, and proposals in support of the research interests of the faculty. Develop and maintain partnerships and regular communication with collaborators from outside of the Center and University, including internationally. Participate in developing local research capacity in our partners and consulting on operations, design, methods, substantive content, and analysis. Prepare and maintain project management tools. Monitor budgets and resource allocation. Participate in the preparation, writing and delivery of reports, presentations and publications. Assist in the communications strategy of the project. Maintain and update bibliographies of scholarly output. Identify potential problems, research and recommend approaches, and implement solutions. Conduct other tasks as assigned.

This position requires onsite presence during the normal business week. Occasional domestic and international travel (no more than a few trips annually) to project sites, project-related meetings, professional conferences, and work-related training is required.

A cover letter is required for consideration of this position and should be attached to the PDF of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline your skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Please include the names of three references. Salary is competitive based on previous experience and qualifications.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree in survey methodology, political science, or another social science, and 5-6 years of related experience. Interest in political science. Excellent knowledge of, and applied experience with, quantitative research methods and survey methodology. Strong experience with a statistical package such as STATA, SPSS, R, or SAS.  Experience processing, documenting, analyzing and disseminating data. A history of being organized, resourceful, and attentive to detail. Supervisory and financial management experience. Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects at once, take initiative, prioritize work, and meet deadlines. Written and oral communication skills required.  Arabic language skills are required. Excellent interpersonal skills. Comfortable working both individually and as part of a team

Desired Qualifications*

Master’s or Ph.D. highly desired.  Prior experience with comparative research or international collaborations. Expertise in one or more of the following areas or similar: big data, geographic information systems, experiments, text analysis, network analysis, qualitative methods, or social media analysis. A knowledge of French is desirable.

Additional Information

Note: This position is funded by an externally-funded project for a period of two (2) years.

Additional Information

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Comments are closed.