Research Associate

Winston Salem, NC
Aug 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Research Associate

*A cover letter is required with application.*

Summary: The Research Associate of the Eudaimonia Institute of Wake Forest University produces original empirical research into the nature and assessment of eudaimonia, Aristotle’s word for well-being or flourishing. Contributes to the overall research agenda of the Eudaimonia Institute and shows a particular interest in developing the Eudaimonia Index. This index will measure well-being from a comprehensive and interdisciplinary perspective, with the goal of comparing the progress toward and achievement of eudaimonia across communities, cultures, and societies over time. This work will push the frontiers of methodological research to explore the underlying cultural, social, political, and economic institutions that encourage or discourage eudaimonia.

Essential Functions:

  • Leads and produces data analysis, synthesis, and collection for a large research project.
  • Develops and maintains an index that measures aspects of eudaimonia across countries.
  • Evaluates the index to determine how different countries display eudaimonia.
  • Completes and leads research and survey design; improves the current research, if needed.
  • Analyzes data sets and statistics.
  • Researches different components (i.e. cultural, social, political, and economic) that encourage or discourage eudaimonia.
  • Publishes original research furthering the Eudaimonia Institute’s mission.
  • Prepares and presents research at scholarly and/or professional conferences.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Master’s or Doctorate degree in a relevant field.
  • Ability to communicate with excellence, to engage with others effectively, and to demonstrate the professional presence needed to interact and build positive relationships with faculty, staff, students, and the public.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Experience working with large data sets, preferably related to measures of subjective well-being measurement.
  • Excellent command of statistical software (i.e. Stata, SAS, Matlab, and R).
  • Demonstrated good character and superb leadership skills.
  • Commitment to the Institute’s mission.
  • Good organization that places the Institute’s mission and people before own self interests.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Cutting-edge empirical training in the social sciences.


  • Responsible for own work.

Note: This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States