Independently and in collaboration with teams, apply technical skills in survey design, fieldwork oversight, and data analysis to develop, complete, and disseminate research on public opinion.
LAPOP is an active social science research laboratory at Vanderbilt, located within the political science department. The lab's mission is to produce high quality public opinion data, develop and implement cutting-edge survey methods, build capacity in survey research and analysis, and generate and disseminate policy-relevant research. The lab's activities are supported by numerous grants and implemented via a large network of partners across the Americas. The lab has a staff size of 8-10, and also includes about a dozen undergraduate student research assistants, several graduate student research assistants, and several post-doctoral positions.
Duties and Responsibilities
Research Design and Coordination
Assist in planning a complex schedule of research activities covering up to 35 countries and involving multiple sites and teams
Apply expertise in questionnaire design for surveys and, on occasion, focus groups.
Provide input into the development of complex, stratified sample design.
Develop plans for fieldwork, project schedules, quality control, management of data, and dataset processing
Train interview teams in best practices in survey implementation and in the use of hardware and software required for fieldwork (requires occasional travel abroad)
Assist in the process of identifying third parties (e.g., survey firms) for data collection and in the development of contracts
Program questionnaires and samples into specialized software for survey data collection, and supervise research assistants as they audit the programs
Oversee research projects to ensure that they stay on schedule, assist in identifying solutions to problems when they emerge to ensure projects stay on schedule and that quality is maintained, and supervise research assistants
Use specialized software to oversee fieldwork and data auditing processes
Research Analysis and Reporting
Apply knowledge of statistics and specialized software to analyze and interpret survey data and draft and review project reports written for various audiences (sponsoring agencies, the media, academics, the public)
Develop technical reports that detail the design and meta-data on completed projects
Help coordinate dissemination of research via presentations by team members at various events; occasionally participate in the delivery of oral presentations on project findings. Travel domestically and/or abroad as needed for such events
Communicate in a timely, efficient, and professional manner with teams of country experts, research affiliates, contracted firms, sponsoring agencies, and other project collaborators across numerous countries
On occasion develop and conduct workshops or training sessions in order to increase capacity for survey research among students, project partners, the media, or others
Innovation and Experimentation
Research and develop cutting-edge methods for the scientific collection and analysis of public opinion data
Supervisory Relationships: This position may supervise research assistants; this position reports to the Director.
Internal Number: 1902061
About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.