Research Project Assistant

Rutgers University

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Position Details

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Recruitment/Posting Title Research Project Assistant
Job Category Staff & Executive - Administrative & Support
Department EIP-Ctr Public Interst Polling
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the State of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. As one of the largest employers in the State of New Jersey, Rutgers University is committed not only to the students and the State that we serve, but also to the faculty and staff who work on our campuses. For two consecutive years, Rutgers is ranked on Forbes’ list of America’s Best Large Employers. Rutgers holds #64 of 500 employers and is the #1 New Jersey employer on the publication’s 2023 list. Rutgers’ commitment to its employees includes maintaining and fostering a safe, diverse, and respectful workplace environment, creating employment opportunities for our nation’s military veterans, and ensuring accessibility and accommodation for individuals with disabilities.
Posting Summary
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Research Project Assistant for the Eagleton Institute of Politics. The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP) at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, is the first and longest running statewide university-based polling operation in the United States. This position is responsible for assisting with daily operations for the ECPIP, including the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and client research services.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
  • Daily operations may include managing both undergraduate and graduate internships, managing part-time employees, conducting data analysis for both statewide polling and survey research projects, drafting and/or writing publications related to ECPIP projects, interacting with clients, and performing general research related to the center’s work.
  • The Eagleton Institute is a collaborative team. On occasion, all members are asked to participate in Institute-wide and /or cross-team projects
Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift
Work Arrangement
FLSA Nonexempt
Grade 03
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 44831.000
Annual Mid Range Salary 55743.000
Annual Maximum Salary 66655.000
Standard Hours 37.50
Union Description URA-AFT Administrative
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft
Rutgers offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees. For details, please go to .
Rutgers also offers a benefit program to eligible full-time postdoctoral fellow students. For details, please go to
Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility ABP


Minimum Education and Experience
  • Bachelors Degree in a relevant social science or related discipline; or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Must have excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Must have excellent communication skills, including comfort with verbal (i.e. phone, video, in person, and
    email) engagement with clients, vendors, scholars, and research subjects.
  • Must have excellent internet research and computer literacy skills, especially in working with Excel.
  • Must be able to work independently on projects.
  • Must work well with teams.
  • Must have experience managing part-time and student employees (in an education setting is a plus).
  • Fluent in at least one statistical software program.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in survey research, preferably at an academic survey research center.
  • Training and certification in human subjects’ research.
  • Fluency in SPSS statistical software.
  • Fluency in Qualtrics survey programming.
Equipment Utilized
  • Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Excel. SPSS, STATA, and/or other statistical programs.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
  • Eagleton offices are located within a historic building with no elevator. The duties of this position regularly involve navigating stairs numerous times a day. An applicant may request a reasonable accommodation if they have a disability that restricts them in their ability to climb and/or navigate stairs.
Special Conditions

Posting Details

Posting Number 23ST0671
Posting Open Date 03/16/2023
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Home Location Campus Douglass (RU-New Brunswick)
City New Brunswick
State NJ
Location Details

Pre-employment Screenings

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.

Immunization Requirements

Under Policy 60.1.35 Immunization Policy for Rutgers Employees and Prospective Employees , Rutgers University requires all prospective employees to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and have received a booster (where eligible) against COVID-19 prior to commencement of employment, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Employees who are not eligible for a booster at the time of an offer of employment must provide proof they have received a booster upon eligibility and upload proof of same. Under Policy 100.3.1 Immunization Policy for Covered Individuals , if employment will commence during Flu Season, Rutgers University may require certain prospective employees to provide proof that they are vaccinated against Seasonal Influenza for the current Flu Season, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Additional infection control and safety policies may apply. Prospective employees should speak with their hiring manager to determine which policies apply to the role or position for which they are applying. Failure to provide proof of vaccination for any required vaccines or obtain a medical or religious exemption from the University will result in rescission of a candidate’s offer of employment or disciplinary action up to and including termination.

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