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Employment Opportunities

Job Description Summary

The Roper Center is currently seeking a research assistant to support the continued advancement of our world-renowned public opinion archive.

 

Purpose of the position:

This position will report to the Data Archivist and project leads from the data team and will assist the data team in accurately inputting a variety of polling research results and documents into the Roper Center database and performing basic data cleaning functions, such as normalizing and recoding variables. Duties and responsibilities may vary and will be assigned based on experience.

 

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Perform data entry and data proofing tasks
  • Organize work, collect and analyze data, keep records
  • Make independent decisions as well as ask for clarification when necessary
  • Review online and paper versions of relevant datasets
  • Adhere to workflow process already in place
  • Ensure that all online documentation is searchable
  • Inventory the physical archive and other related tasks as requested
  • Enhance datasets with data labels or recodes

Knowledge/Experience Required:

Minimum qualifications:

  • Experience with data entry/analysis
  • Conscientious attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and independent problem-solving abilities
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Experience with a statistical software package such as Stata, SPSS, or R

Preferred:

  • Prior research experience using data

How to apply

Please include a cover letter and resume detailing relevant work experience and skills. 

Location:

Ithaca main campus/Remote

Supervisor:

Kathleen Weldon

Job Description Summary

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is seeking students who can provide inventory and scanning of historical polling questionnaires and reports from the US and around the world.

Purpose of the position:

We have many boxes both in our main office and in storage that contain original historical polling documents and survey data. In order to preserve and share these data, we seek students who can work in our office to inventory and digitize these documents for archiving in our iPoll database.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Matching physical files to records in the database 
  • Scanning and uploading documents to the archive management system
  • Writing abstracts to describe the content of questionnaires
  • Interfacing and communicating with supervising staff and student workforce
  • Adhering to workflow policies and processes 
  • Seeking clarification when necessary
  • Supporting ongoing and future projects and working with team lead when applicable, such as reviewing and inventorying relevant datasets in the physical and digital archive

Knowledge/Experience Required:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with computers and comfortable learning new software
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Quick learner with ability to multi-task
  • The ideal candidate will be able to work independently and in a team environment, be adaptable to change, and be seeking a long-term opportunity (2 semesters or more)

Preferred:

  • Working knowledge of a database and database entry duties
  • Experience with or interest in working with historical documents
  • Familiarity with iPoll and an interest in public opinion data 

How to Apply:

Please include a cover letter and resume detailing relevant work experience and skills. 

Location:

Ithaca Main campus: Rhodes Hall

Supervisor:

Kathleen Weldon 

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University – the world’s largest public opinion data archive – has openings on a regular basis and is always interested in hearing from interested candidates. Inquiries should be emailed to mfr47@cornell.edu.

The Andrew Kohut Research Fellowship 2024 honors the memory of Andrew Kohut and his numerous contributions to the science and art of survey research.


Kohut Fellows will (1) engage in their own original public opinion-focused
research project using data from the Roper Center archives;
(2) Publish a post on the Roper Center Blog that summarizes the
research results and experience, (3) learn about the methods and
techniques of survey research and other forms of public opinion
research, analysis, and dissemination; and (4) devote roughly 10
hours a week on a Roper Center archive-related project(s) at a level
appropriate to their abilities, training and educational goals,


Kohut Fellows will receive a $5,000 stipend for the summer.


Cornell graduate students and undergraduate students are
encouraged to apply. Information about past recipients is available at:
https://ropercenter.cornell.edu/about-the-center/staff/andrew-kohutfellowship-
program/


Applications must include:
(1) A two-page statement of qualifications and purpose which describes
the proposed research (collaborative research projects with faculty
are acceptable); relevant skills and experience; and how the
fellowship experience will contribute to their career goals
(2) Whether or not you expect to be in Ithaca this summer
(3) An up-to-date transcript
(4) Current resume/CV
(5) Professional reference from a member of the Cornell Faculty who
will serve as a mentor on the summer research project


Applications are due Friday, March 8th, 2024, by 5 PM. Email to mfr47@cornell.edu.