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Computational Research Specialist @ Princeton University

  • 14 Jun 2019 11:56 AM
    Message # 7579664
    Jason Fierman (Administrator)

    Computational Research Specialist / Analyst

    Princeton University


    To address the challenges we are seeing with gerrymandering at a national level, the Wang Lab is recruiting a Computational Research Analyst to join the Princeton Gerrymandering Project. This individual will do geography-intensive calculations to test our simple statistical standards, explore how such standards can be applied on a preventive basis to the redistricting process, and close loopholes in proposed reform efforts. Our work is likely to be deployed either in the courtroom or at the ballot box.

    This is a one year term position with the possibility of extension based on continued funding.

    For more information, please see the work we have developed and published: simple statistical standards to define and combat these offenses. These standards have won a prize from Common Cause and were presented to the Court in an amicus brief filed along with other noted scholars.


    The successful candidate sill take on the following responsibilities:

    • Implement and improve upon computationally-intensive redistricting simulations
    • Compile datasets on a state-by-state basis, combining census data, precinct-level results, and other information using GIS software
    • Coordinate with reformers and/or litigants in several states
    • Communicate clearly with political scientists, lawyers, and lay audiences
    • Assist in the preparation of mainstream media content, professional reports, in-depth analysis, and possible peer-reviewed publications.


    This position requires a masters degree or or bachelors plus 2 years experience. More experienced applicants are also welcome

    • Strong quantitative and programming background
    • A willingness to learn GIS software and other programs or tools necessary for the project
    • Experience gathering and combining data from many disparate sources
    • An interest in law, government, or democratic reform
    • Ability to balance and work on several projects simultaneously and successfully
    • Highly motivated and able to succeed in an academic research environment
    • Background in high-performance computing (C, C++, or a comparable language) a plus

    Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

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    AIT, 020

    Standard Weekly Hours


    Eligible for Overtime


    Benefits Eligible


    Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


    Estimated Appointment End Date


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    This is a 1 year term position with the possibility of renewal based on continued funding.

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