Research Assistant

American University - Washington, DC4.1


Dr. Jane Palmer (SPA) seeks a part-time research assistant for the Spring Semester. The research assistant will work on a project to enhance the victim services field’s understanding of the benefits and challenges associated with civil legal remedies in the aftermath of a sexual assault through analysis of secondary data. Graduate or law students with qualitative data analysis experience are encouraged to apply. Training will be provided in content analysis and the use of NVivo software, as needed. This project is funded by the Center for Victim Research.

The primary responsibilities of this position include:
Conduct systematic qualitative data analysis of attorney case files
Participate in weekly team meetings
Assist with the preparation of progress reports and publications
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

16 hours per week for 10 weeks during the Spring 2019 semester.


$15.00 / hour

Educational Requirements

Bachelor’s degree or higher. Applicants must have taken at least one social science research course in undergraduate or graduate school.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must have a strong attention to detail, excellent interpersonal and writing skills, equal ability to work as part of a team and independently, and a commitment to a world without sexual violence. The research assistant must work on-site but will be able to set their own schedule within regular business hours (9 am – 5 pm).

Preferred Education and Experience

Current graduate (master’s or doctoral) or law student. Students who have studied or worked in the area of sexual assault or victimization are preferred; an awareness of and sensitivity to this issue is necessary. Strong self-care strategies are expected given the nature of the material to be analyzed.

Application Instructions

Please provide a resume and a cover letter outlining your interest, skills and abilities relevant to this position. Please also provide a list of three references. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Review of applications will begin on January 8, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.