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Research Assistants, Field Interviewers, & Project Manager

The Department of Political Science is recruiting for the positions of Research Assistant, Field Interviewers, and Project Manager to conduct qualitative data collection for an Atlanta-based study of the pathways to economic mobility for low-income adults. Research assistants and field interviewers will have the opportunity to conduct interviews, receive training from an expert in the field, gain experience on a large-scale research study, and work closely with the research team.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities

· Recruit interview respondents through phone, email, or door knocking

· Follow proper Institutional Review Board procedures for obtaining consent from participants in the research study

· Conduct in-depth interviews with adult participants in federally-funded workforce development (job training) programs

· Write field notes summarizing the main points of each interview

· Use qualitative analysis software to code transcribed interviews

· Manage the paperwork and documentation necessary for securely storing and organizing respondent data

· Interviews are conducted at the convenience of respondents; in consequence, work hours need to be highly flexible and evening and weekend work will occasionally be required


Minimum Qualifications

· Bachelor’s degree in related discipline (Field Interviewers, Project Manager)

· Some related experience or coursework related to urban poverty and economic mobility (Research Assistants)


Preferred Qualifications

· Have or pursuing graduate-level education in, political science, sociology, public policy, anthropology, public health or related field

· Previous experience with interviewing or qualitative data collection and analysis


Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

· Demonstrated interest in qualitative research and/or research related to job training and economic mobility

· Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to engage interview participants

· Organization and time management

· Ability to work independently, and as a member of a team

· Ability to work well under pressure and within timelines that are relatively constrained

· Ability to problem solve and think creatively

Level of Independent Decision Making

· May conduct interviews independently, sometimes with the assistance of an additional interviewer

· Participates in team meetings, but most of the activities associated with the position (recruitment, paperwork following the interview, fieldnotes, data coding and entry) will be performed independently


Additional Details

Federally-funded workforce training programs are intended to improve transitions to work, career development and financial stability resulting in improved economic mobility for low-income adults. However, training completion rates fall below expected levels and vary by regions, prompting important questions about why eligible individuals that can benefit occupationally and financially from workforce training programs are unable to complete their training. To understand what drives training completion efforts throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area, this study adds in-depth narrative interviews and ethnographic observations to uncover the mechanisms underlying training completion rates.


Time Period

Part-time (approximately 20-30 hours per week) and full-time positions are available running from May through August 2024. Some positions may be available for a longer duration.



$13-$30 per hour based on experience and qualifications.



Please send inquiries and resume to Dr. Michael Rich,

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor — Comparative Politics

Emory University and the Department of Political Science are committed to building a diverse and inclusive academic community for our faculty, staff, and students. We are recruiting for an open rank position in Comparative Politics. We welcome applications from scholars with a broad range of substantive foci and methodological approaches to the study of comparative politics. We also welcome applications from scholars whose teaching and research interests would allow for collaborations within the department and across Emory. 



Assistant professors are expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, have a promising research agenda that encompasses strong theoretical, analytical and empirical skills, and contribute to department and university service at a level appropriate to rank. The candidate should have completed the Ph.D. or be very close to completing the Ph.D. by September 2024. 

Associate and full professors are expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, mentor students, conduct impactful research in their specialized area, and contribute to department and university service and leadership. Successful candidates will have an active research program, a record of publication and external funding commensurate with the proposed rank, and a record of excellence in teaching, mentoring, and service/leadership. Candidates for a tenured appointment must have a Ph.D. in political science or a related field. 

Additional information relating to faculty responsibilities can be found at the following link to the Emory College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Responsibilities document: 



A complete application must include a cover letter, a statement describing current and future research, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and a list of three references. Untenured candidates should also supply three recommendation letters, a graduate transcript, and a statement of teaching philosophy and experience. Emory University is committed to student and faculty diversity, equity, and inclusion. All applicants should also submit a brief statement describing their experience and vision for the teaching and mentorship of students from diverse backgrounds. 

All applications should be submitted electronically at Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by September 28, when we will begin review of applications. All applications received by October 28 will be given full consideration. 

Please contact Michelle Brown, Program Coordinator, at, with any questions about the application process. 


Emory University is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. We encourage applications from individuals who have been historically underrepresented in academia, including women, people of color, LGBTQI+ people, people with disabilities, and veterans.