Research Associate in Politics

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-02-19
Req: R0003184

The University of Virginia was founded in order to prepare citizens for participation in representative government. Building upon this unique inheritance, the University’s College of Arts & Sciences recently launched the Democracy Initiative, an interdisciplinary research and teaching enterprise designed to enhance understanding of the challenges faced by democracies around the world. The Initiative is composed of a series of laboratories, one of which focuses on corruption and governance.

To help catalyze the activities of the Democracy Initiative, we are seeking candidates for a postdoctoral research associate in the political economy of good government. The successful candidate will be expected to teach one course per semester. Additionally, the holder of the fellowship will contribute to the research and public engagement missions of the Democracy Initiative, including organizing speakers’ series and events.

The anticipated start date for the position is August 25, 2019. The annual salary for the position is $60,000 plus benefits. For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and

QUALIFCATION REQUIRMENTS: Although we anticipate hiring a candidate with a PhD in Political Science, we will also consider candidates with PhDs in related fields such as Economics or Public Policy. We seek candidates with a strong research record in the politics or economics of corruption, or in related areas such as the study of clientelism and the rule of law. Candidates with experience conducting experiments and/or observational research based on best practices in program evaluation are particularly encouraged to apply.  Candidates must hold a PhD at the time of appointment.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Apply online at  and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and contact information for three references.  

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin February 25, 2019; however, the position will remain open until filled.

The initial appointment is for one year, renewable for a second year based upon availability of funding and performance.

For questions about the position, please contact Daniel Gingerich at [email protected]

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom at [email protected]

For more details on the Initiative, please see

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Posted: 2/20/2019
Application Due: 4/27/2019
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