Postdoctoral Fellow - Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

Medford, Middlesex County
May 08, 2014
Position Type

The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow in the area of American higher education and college student political learning and engagement. The Postdoctoral Fellow will lead quantitative research on a range of higher education initiatives, specifically the National Study on Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). This researcher may also provide support for qualitative research, survey development, secondary data-analysis, literature reviews, and program evaluations. S/he will also be responsible for managing and integrating large datasets and using appropriate methods for processing, storing, aggregating, and replicating analysis. Over the duration of the post-doc, NSLVE will increase the automation of data processing and the production of reports. The Postdoctoral Fellow will play an integral role in this transition.


  • Ph.D. earned May 2013 through August 2014 or ABD (all but dissertation) with anticipated graduation by June 2015, in public policy, political science, higher education, or other social science discipline
  • Strong quantitative background and experience with multivariate statistical techniques
  • Knowledge of at least one statistical package, such as SPSS, STATA, or SAS, and a willingness to work primarily with SPSS
  • Experience using large datasets
  • Proficiency with data management, including an ability to work with relational database software such as Access and Oracle
  • Data workflow management experience
  • Technological experience and adaptability, with excellent computer skills, knowledge of databases, client management and Microsoft Office, as well as an ability and desire to learn more
  • Demonstrated interest in college student civic learning and engagement and/or public participation and civic renewal more broadly



  • Experience with voting data
  • Experience with Catalist database
  • Experience with evaluation methods
  • Experience with qualitative methods
  • Experience with Salesforce
  • Prior record of publications


Duration: August 1, 2014 through July 31, 2015. This is a grant-funded position for one year with a possibility of continuation.


To apply, please submit a CV, a cover letter describing your research interests or plans, a sample publication, and contact information for three references. Send application materials to Kathy O’Connor at Screening of applicants begins May 15, 2014 and continues until the position is filled.