The Social and Economics Survey Research Institute
College / Department Profile
SESRI is an academic survey research institute establishedin2008atQatarUniversity in close association withtheUniversityofMichigan’sInstitute for SocialResearch.
Itundertakesoriginal andgroundbreaking surveys ofcitizens andresidentsof Qatarand other GulfCooperation Council statesvia telephoneandface-
to-faceinterviews,amassing a diverse collectionofdataunparalleled in theregion. Previous areas of studyinclude,amongothers, education,gender, labor,politics, regionalintegration,andsurvey methodology.
SESRI has partneredwith the WorldValues Survey,theWorld EconomicForum’s ExecutiveOpinion Survey,andotherinternational surveyefforts, and since 2010 hassecured morethan$5.
3million in externalproject funding through theQatarNationalResearchFund. Widelyrecognized for their qualityandvariety,SESRI datahave appeared insuch forums as Foreign Affairs,MiddleEastJournal, andMiddle EastPolicy.
Established in June2014,SESRI’sPolicy Unitutilizes newand existing SESRI data toengageinempirical-backedanalysis anddebate of policy questions ofrelevancetoQatar and the Gulf.Duties & Responsibilities
Research Assistant Professors are expected to stay current on policy issues and best practices in their assigned substantive areas, oversee the successful completion of policy research projects, design and interpret analyses, and coordinate the work of Research Assistants assigned to their projects.
They will author reports and other research outputs for a wide variety of audiences, set agendas for convening with policy audiences, and make presentations as required.
Applicants should possess expert-level knowledge and understanding of one or more substantive areas of local and regional policy relevance, including but not limited to education, health, migration, marriage and family, performance evaluation, political attitudes, sustainability, civil society and economics.
Five or more years of relevant work experience is required, as well as knowledge of pertinent research and analytical methods and the ability to apply such techniques to policy issues.
Applicants should possess strong research and analytical skills and demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and verbal forms to a wide variety of specialist and non-
specialist audiences. Successful candidates will be able to show evidence of an active research agenda and demonstrated record of engagement with policy and policymaking communities.
Quantitative analytical skills, experience using survey data, and experience working on Gulf policy issues all will be considered favorably.
This full-time position carries an initial three-year term, with a start date that is negotiable, and the possibility of a renewal upon mutual agreement.
A master’s degree in public policy,publicadministration,orrelevantsocial science field is required, withaPh.D.preferred.
Priority will begiven to candidates who arebilingualinArabic and English.
1. Current Curriculum Vitae.
2. Cover letter.
3. Teaching, research, and service philosophy.
4. Three referees’ contact information (physical andemailaddresses as well their telephones contact).
5. Copy of highest earned credential (transcript of highest degreeifgraduated from an institution where course work was completed.
However,if no course work was completed, an copy of certificate letterfrom theregistrar of your highest credential granting institutionregarding yourhighest academic degree).
6. Any additional documentation that you feel is relevant to your application.
Compensation includes a competitive salary, which istax-freeinQatar(butpersons will still be responsible for anyapplicabletaxesfromtheircountry of origin), along with a generousfringebenefitspackagethatincludes health insurance.
Furnished housingisalsoprovided atnoadditional cost outside of expenses suchasutilities,cable,andInternet access. Applicants will have theirflightandmovingexpensespaid for at the beginning and end oftheirappointment, aswellas oneround-
trip flight home annually.Educationalallowances for uptothreeaccompanying children are also available.