Research Associate (Limited Term) - Political Behaviour of Citizens and Elites

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Research Associate (Limited Term) - Political Behaviour of Citizens and Elites

Date Posted: 04/07/2021
Req ID: 3656
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Policy, Elections, and Representation Lab (PEARL) in the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto invites applications for a Research Associate (Limited Term) for a 1-year appointment. The anticipated start date is May 1, 2021.

The mission of PEARL ( is to deliver timely, academically rigorous, and publicly relevant research that answers three big questions: How do individuals make decisions about politics? How do politicians make policy and represent citizens? And how is technology changing governance and politics? The Research Associate will manage the lab on a day-to-day basis and will report to Professor Peter Loewen, the Lab Director.

The Research Associate will be responsible, in consultation with the Lab Director and collaborators, for leading research projects across a range of topics including but not limited to: the COVID-19-related attitudes and behaviours of citizens and political elites; the electoral performance of Canadian political candidates; public perceptions of the electability of political leaders in Canada and the United States; citizens’ attitudes toward party leader debates in Canada; citizens’ judgments of public figures accused of sexual misconduct; and citizens’ preconceptions of politicians compared to individuals working in other professions.

Research duties will include: designing and fielding surveys, survey experiments, and field experiments; analyzing the resulting data; producing written reports for academic and general public audiences; presenting research at academic and other forums; overall research program planning; and the supervision of junior staff and students, reporting to the Lab Director.

Administrative duties will include: supporting the Lab Director in the hiring and training of new staff and affiliated students; budgeting; grant reporting; grant proposal writing; and organizing the lab’s internal seminar series.


Education: PhD in Political Science

• At least 5 years of experience in political behaviour research
• Demonstrated expertise and an academic publication record in citizen and elite political behaviour, Canadian politics, and American politics
• Experience collaborating on academic publications with senior and junior scholars
• Experience providing mentorship and supervision to junior researchers and students, including experience as a postsecondary instructor
• Success in securing external research funding
• Experience engaging with the news media
• Experience organizing academic seminars

• Excellent research and analysis skills
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Demonstrated knowledge of survey and experimental research methods
• Demonstrated knowledge of quantitative research methods (including modeling continuous and categorical outcomes)
• Demonstrated knowledge of the academic literature in political behaviour and Canadian and American politics
• Demonstrated proficiency in designing and programming surveys and survey experiments using the Qualtrics platform
• Demonstrated proficiency in analyzing quantitative data using Stata or R
• Basic written French

• Demonstrated sensitivity to organizational priorities
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment
• Ability to collaborate effectively with external research partners
• Shows initiative and good judgment
• Detail-oriented and accurate
• Willingness and ability to learn new techniques on the job and keep up to date in the field

Travel: Limited

Applicants should apply online at the link below and include a covering letter, curriculum vitae, and three reference names with their contact addresses and phone numbers. Any questions regarding this position should be directed to Peter Loewen at [email protected].

Closing Date: 04/15/2021, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Research Associate
Appointment Type: Grant - Term
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: R01 -- Research Associates (Limited Term): $45,491 - $85,295
Job Category: Research Administration & Teaching

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Job No:
Posted: 4/8/2021
Application Due: 7/12/2021
Work Type: Full Time