Human Exploitation and Resiliency Qualitative RA

Application Deadline September 16

The Human Exploitation and Resilience Initiative invites applications for a qualitative/project management research assistantship at the NYU Marron Institute starting in Fall 2022. Graduate students (MS or PhD) from all disciplines and programs across NYU are welcome to apply for this paid position, and we seek a diversity of disciplinary training, backgrounds, and perspectives. The qualitative research assistant positions are focused on project management, qualitative data collection methods and writing, so candidates with expertise in project management, case coding, survey development and administration, interviews and focus groups with vulnerable populations and writing policy briefs, technical reports and journal publications are particularly encouraged to apply.

About the Human Exploitation and Resilience Initiative (HERI). Led by Research Professor Meredith Dank, HERI research primarily focuses on both US-based and international forced labor and human trafficking, in addition to other types of gender-based violence. There are currently several projects at HERI that are funded by the Department of State, the National Institute of Justice, National Science Foundation, in addition to private foundations. Research Assistants will have an opportunity to work across several projects and assist the research team in providing new insight, knowledge, and opportunities for action. The positioning of the research assistant positions at the Marron Institute ensures that impact-driven projects are balanced with fundamental research advanced through widely disseminated research that is transparent and reproducible. RAs can expect to:

  • Work on one (or more) research projects as part of the HERI research team, including State Department funded projects focused on measuring the prevalence of forced labor in Costa Rica and Tanzania and India, and NIJ funded studies on child labor and labor trafficking in the U.S.
  • Assist with project management, program surveys into Qualtrics, administer surveys, assist with interviews and focus groups, code case files and assist with writing final deliverables.
  • Contribute, as appropriate, to conference and journal publications.


  • Project management experience
  • Experience writing literature reviews and background one-pagers
  • Past field research experience focused on vulnerable populations, particularly survey administration
  • Proficient in Qualtrics and Excel
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Native fluency (written and oral) in both English and Spanish

To apply, please submit the following:

  • CV
  • A cover letter (no more than 1 page) summarizing your relevant experience and training, together with a statement of how the research assistant position would further your career goals.

Application materials should be emailed as a single PDF to no later than September 16, 2022. Research assistant positions are for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semester, with a possible extension into the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters.

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