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Research Associate Position at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC)

May 30, 2014

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

The USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) is accepting applications for a full-time Research Associate position for a new four-year research initiative investigating the challenges facing Catholic Sisters in the United States and Africa.

The CRCC Research Associate will work with the principal investigator, Professor Donald Miller, in establishing baseline data and measuring changes in membership, leadership development, and resources in communities of Sisters in the US and Africa. The position is to begin September 2014 and is a one-year, fixed-term renewable appointment. The project will end March 31, 2018.

Candidates must have a PhD in the social scientific study of religion, with experience in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Knowledge of the Catholic tradition is useful, but not essential. Also, experience in developing survey instruments and analyzing questionnaire data is important, as is demonstrated experience in conducting in-depth interviews and field research.

Some international travel will be required for this position. Ability to understand and adapt to different cultural settings is essential. The successful candidate will be part of a larger team of scholars working on a variety of different research projects at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture. All Research Associates at CRCC are strongly encouraged to publish findings related to their specific research focus. Teaching is not an element of being a Research Associate.

Candidates must have completed all requirements for the PhD by May 2014.  Review of applications will begin immediately with a decision expected by July 2014 if not before.

Please follow the application process and upload the following materials: 1) a cover letter, 2) a current C.V., 3) a relevant writing sample of no more than 30 pages, and 4) name and contact information for three references.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.

To apply for this position, visit the following link:  https://jobs.usc.edu/postings/22782