Senior Researcher Opportunity

in the Human Exploitation and Resilience Initiative

The Human Exploitation and Resilience Initiative invites applications for a Senior Researcher at the NYU Marron Institute in New York City, NY starting in Fall 2022. The Senior Researcher position is focused on project management, qualitative data collection methods and writing, so candidates with expertise in project management, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, 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. This is a two-year position with the possibility of extension and includes a competitive salary with a range of $105,000 to $120,000 and a benefits package. 

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. The Senior Researcher 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 Senior Researcher position at the Marron Institute ensures that impact-driven projects are balanced with fundamental research advanced through widely-disseminated research that is transparent and reproducible. The Senior Researcher can expect to:

  • Work on several 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.
  • Oversee project management and assistant researchers, co-lead project and proposal development, assist with quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, co-lead and assist with writing final deliverables, and determine new and innovative ways to disseminate research findings.
  • Contribute to conference and journal publications.


Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in sociology, criminology, anthropology, public health, social work or a highly related field
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the field of human trafficking, forced labor, gender based violence (or a closely related field)
  • Proficiency in data management and project management
  • Experience monitoring and evaluating intervention programs, especially related to gender based violence and trafficking
  • Past field research experience focused on vulnerable populations, particularly survey administration
  • Proficient in R, NVivo, Excel, and project management software (e.g. airtable)
  • Highly organized and detail oriented

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Native fluency (written and oral) in both English and Spanish
  • Experience writing federal and/or foundation grant proposals
  • Successful history of scholarly dissemination efforts as evidenced by at least one first-author peer-reviewed journal article

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit the following by October 14, 2022:

  • CV
  • Letter of application with brief narrative addressing qualifications for the position
  • Contact information for three (3) professional references
  • Provide up to three (3) samples of scholarly publications, with at least one being a first author publication.  Combine publications into one document. 


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