Contact Information

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Masha Sud Lokshin at For more information, call 781.736.2314.





CMJS Research Specialist
CMJS Research Associate
SSRI Research Analyst

CMJS Research Specialist

Description: The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies (CMJS) at Brandeis University, is looking for a full-time data collection and field work coordinator to join an interdisciplinary research team focusing on the study of Jewish American young adults. This is an entry level position.

Join a forward-thinking team of researchers and scholars at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies. Located at Brandeis University, CMJS fosters a nurturing, friendly environment that prioritizes personal and professional growth. Intellectual exploration and creative thinking are encouraged, along with taking advantage of the many benefits an elite liberal arts university has to offer.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Providing crucial support from start to finish of survey production and analysis
  • Assisting in developing and programing survey instrument
  • Assisting in preparation of reports and presentations
  • Hiring and managing interviewers
  • Managing survey data collection process
  • Coding and interpretation of qualitative survey data
  • Phone and email communication with survey respondents
  • Conducting phone interviews with respondents
  • Potential travel opportunities to conduct observations


  • Bachelor Degree in social sciences (training in quantitative methods and statistics a plus).
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Strong team player
  • Desire and ability to learn new skills quickly
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Comfort with technology
  • Experience working in a call center/phonathon a plus
  • Knowledge of Hebrew/Jewish studies is preferred

CMJS Research Associate

The Research Associate will provide research support for a variety of CMJS research projects. The ideal candidate will have an educational and employment background in quantitative data analysis, knowledge of the Jewish community and experience undertaking projects involving collaboration with multiple partners. This is a full time role with potential for growth.


  • Support study design and data collection efforts, including the development of survey instruments.
  • Conduct literature searches and reviews
  • Help develop, draft and edit material for publication, including reports, journal articles and presentations for both academic and lay audiences
  • Manage datasets, process collected data and perform data analysis using statistical software packages
  • Summarize results of analysis for internal consumption and discussion
  • Help develop, draft and edit IRB research applications and modification requests
  • Contribute to and participate in other tasks at CMJS
  • Bachelor’s degree (required). Master’s degree in psychology, sociology, economics, applied statistics or other related social science field strongly preferred
  • Strong quantitative skills and experience with at least one major statistical software package (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Stata, R). Familiarity with Stata statistical software a plus
  • A clear, effective writing and presentation style
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information from diverse fields
  • Demonstrated time and project management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, foster consensus and collaborate with individuals and organizations with a range of interests and perspectives
  • Highly logical and resourceful, with attention to details
  • Background in Jewish studies and/or knowledge of the Jewish community a plus

SSRI Research Analyst/Research Associate

The Steinhardt Social Research Institute (SSRI), an affiliate of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, seeks a Research Analyst/Research Associate to assist the Principal Investigators and research staff in demographic studies of the Jewish population in the United States. The SSRI provides cutting-edge research and methodology in the social scientific study of American Jewry and is responsible for updating and managing the American Jewish Population Project (AJPP). Applicants will join a small dynamic team to assist in the day-to-day operations of data collection and analysis as well as engage in opportunities to publish and present in professional settings. Positions are full-time, exempt, with benefits. The SSRI offers a flexible, progressive work environment. 


  • Conduct and document search of major data archives to identify secondary datasets
  • Compile and manage databases using Microsoft Access and other database software
  • Provide project management support including tracking project activities and progress, providing timelines of deliverables, and preparation of project reports
  • Perform data screening and data cleaning with the ability to review and proof own work for accuracy and completeness
  • Conduct advanced statistical analyses of primary and secondary data
  • Interpret and code methodological characteristics of surveys and manage in database
  • Summarize results of analyses in the form of abstracts, memoranda and reports
  • Contribute to reports, journal articles and presentations based on analysis work and generates customized charts and tables from analyses


  • Master’s degree or B.A./B.S. in psychology, public policy, economics, applies statistics, or other related social science filed
  • Demonstrated experience with quantitative data analysis and knowledge of advanced statistical modeling
  • Proficient use of at least one major statistical software package (e.g. SPSS, SAS, Stata, R), and ability to learn new software as needed
  • Advanced use of Microsoft Excel (e.g. Pivot tables, advanced formulas, VBA/Macros)
  • Previous experience with Microsoft Access or other database software including design, management, and query tools
  • Knowledge of survey research methods and ability to code methodological characteristics of studies
  • Experience with major data archives (e.g. ICPSR) and U.S. Census data
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and written
  • Proven ability to generate customized charts and tables from analyses
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Requires highly motivated individuals with creative problem solving skills that contribute to individual and team competencies

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Masha Sud Lokshin at For information about the Steinhardt Social Research Institute visit our website.

Compensation and Benefits

Brandeis University offers a complete benefit program, including health and dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance plans, flexible-reimbursement accounts, a retirement plan, and other benefits designed to support employee wellness and work-life balance.