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For more information about employment at CMJS, please contact Masha Sud Lokshin at (781-736-2314)




Positions Available

Position: Program Coordinator

The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies is seeking a fulltime administrator to support the work of its Director and Associate Director. The Center is an interdisciplinary social science research institute with thirty technical, research and support staff members.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Answer phone/email, manage calendar and coordinate meetings for the director, associate director and other senior staff.
  • Interface with department staff, university staff/faculty/students, and external organizations to schedule and organize appointments, conference calls, events, and meetings. This includes set-up of conference calls, room locations, refreshments and appropriate equipment.
  • Coordinate travel for the director, associate director, other senior faculty, and visiting faculty and scholars (includes contact with airlines, hotels, etc.)
  • Draft letters, emails, reports and other correspondence as required; prepare materials/presentations before meetings and business trips
  • Provide general research support including, preparing PowerPoint presentations, literature searches, editing and proofreading
  • Assist director with course management (using university online tools) and communication with students
  • Prepare and submit travel reimbursements, payment requests and other expenses
  • Responsible for ordering and maintaining office supplies as needed
  • Assist in promoting the Center’s web and social media presence


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office Suite and mobile platforms; facility with social media; capacity to learn new technologies and software
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills to effectively interact with all levels of management, staff, faculty and students  both inside and outside the university
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently, self-motivated and able to carry out responsibilities with minimal direction
  • Highly organized and detail oriented, strong interpersonal skills and ability to multi-task
  • Knowledge of the Jewish community and Hebrew  a plus 

Position: Research Specialist

The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies is looking for a Research Specialist who is a highly organized team player, possesses strong communication skills and the ability to prioritize and multitask. Join an interdisciplinary social science research team doing exciting research on the American Jewish community. This is an entry level position. 

  • Perform administrative duties and support senior research staff
  • Assist in developing and programming survey instruments using online survey software
  • Data entry, code responses, perform basic data analysis
  • Conduct phone interviews, assist with moderating focus groups
  • Manage and maintain respondent databases 
  • Supervise student research assistants and interns
  • Assist with preparation of reports and presentations including document layout, editing, literature searches, creating and formatting charts and tables
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Ability to work in a team and independently
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office applications 
Additional skills:
  • Some knowledge of Jewish studies/Hebrew
  • Basic knowledge of fundamental social science research
  • Basic training in quantitative methods and statistics. Knowledge of SPSS or Stata
  • 1-3 years of work-related experience

Position: Web Developer

The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies/Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis University is looking for a creative, hard-working individual to help maintain and improve a large MVC web application focused on collecting and reporting educational data. Qualified candidates should have two or more years of full-stack web development experience. Applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in ColdFusion, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and SQL. Ability to work as a member of a project team, particularly in an academic or research setting, is important. Contact Masha Lokshin at (781-736-2314).


  • Enhance system to support new functionality and optimize core application
  • Help maintain and evolve databases and database schemas
  • Add new features and fix bugs in response to user feedback


  • Demonstrated proficiency with ColdFusion, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery, and SQL
  • Object-oriented programming, Python scripting, and graphics skills a plus, but not required
  • Experience working with version control
  • An organized team player possessing the ability to prioritize and multi-task

Classification: Full-time, non-exempt

Start date: Immediately

To apply, submit cover letter and resume to Masha Lokshin at