Research Coordinator, Center for International Relations and Politics

Carnegie Mellon University
  • Location
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jul 10

Position description

At Carnegie Mellon University, the study of politics through the discipline of political science with support from other social science disciplines is centered in the Institute for Politics and Strategy(IPS). IPS carries on a respected tradition of interdisciplinary political science at Carnegie Mellon as it also builds upon the university’s rich heritage of applying basic science to issues of public policy. IPS oversees many different academic programs and centers. The academic programs include the undergraduate major in International Relations and Politics (IRP), the minor in International Relations and Politics, the minor in Politics and Public Policy, the Accelerated Master’s Program of International Relations and Politics (IRP/AMP), CMU’s Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP), and the Master of Information Technology Strategy Program (MITS).  The affiliated research centers include the Center for International Relations and Politics (CIRP) and the Institute for Strategic Analysis (ISA). 

In the role of Research Coordinator, you are responsible for coordinating the research and research associates of the CIRP Research Lab, and providing operational staff support for IPS activities. You will report to the Institute for Politics and Strategy director and associate director of academic affairs. The director will provide the direction and strategy for all CIRP research and lab activities, and you will receive assignments accordingly through daily contact. We are looking for someone with high energy, the ability to multi-task, and the capacity to work both independently and on a team. In addition, you will also have strong writing skills and experience conducting quantitative and qualitative social science research.

You will provide day-to-day supervision of the CIRP research associates and research work plans. Your core responsibilities include but are not limited to:  

  • Conducting quantitative and qualitative research with minimal supervision to meet established deadlines for varying short-term and long-term projects;
  • Contributing to the management and training of CIRP research associates by running weekly RA meetings, developing research work plans, maintaining lab files, and performing daily review of research;
  • Overseeing the development and production of the CIRP Journal (an online and printed research publication) and
  • Assisting with logistics and support activities for the CIRP Policy Forum, Institute for Strategic Analysis (ISA) events, and IPS related functions.

You will work closely with other colleagues in the Institute for Politics and Strategy. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations and politics, political science, or related field.
  • Project management experience; demonstrable professional or academic experience in quantitative and/or qualitative research.
  • At least 1-2 years working in a relevant field.
  • Broad knowledge of issues related to foreign policy
  • Experience with event organizing and execution

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