Part-Time Summer Research Support

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of the Liberal Arts
Political Science


The Department of Political Science is seeking Summer Research Assistants to participate in Research Council of Norway (RCN) funded research on justice institutions during ongoing armed conflict working with Cyanne Loyle during summer 2019. The project is a collaboration between PSU and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). This position will involve reading and cataloging relevant data from news sources, primary sources, government documents, and online event catalogues. This task requires strong attention to detail and organization, as well as the ability to think creatively about the details described in the data sources. The goal is to expand the existing During-Conflict Justice (DCJ) dataset which records characteristics of justice institutions that can be used for statistical analysis of transitional justice and political violence. Additional information on the project is available at: Students working on this project will gain firsthand knowledge about the planning and implementation of academic research as well as experience working with internationally funded research. This position is particularly appropriate for those students wishing to pursue academic positions in Political Science or those with interests in armed conflict, human rights and/or international law. All concentrations are welcome to apply, but students in the Political Science department will be given priority. Students should demonstrate an interest in political violence and quantitative research, as well as a general curiosity about the political world. Attention to detail is essential and a basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel is required. Students must be available on PSU campus all day on May 14th and 15th for training. The position(s) will begin on May 14, 2019 and run through August 9, 2019. The work requirement is 20 hours per week for 12 weeks of work. To apply please include a cover letter with your application materials, describing your interest in the position as well as a list of experiences relevant to this position. Please address previous data collection and coding experience, methods classes, and Excel or basic word processing knowledge.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088