Contact Information

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




About Us

The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies (CMJS) is an academic research center that conducts rigorous policy relevant research about Jewish life and the Jewish community. We are a highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary group of nearly 30 scholars and research staff at Brandeis University. Our areas of research include Jewish education, Israel, and the socio-demography of Jews around the world.

CMJS Research Associate

The research associate’s primary responsibility is to work, as part of a team, to conduct analyses that support the work of CMJS. The ideal candidate will have an educational and employment background in conducting social science and evaluation research, experience working in a fast-paced environment, and will be a self-motivated and independent worker. Interest in and knowledge of the Jewish community is highly desired. Research Associates may specialize in quantitative research, qualitative research, or a combination. This is a full-time role with potential for growth.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Participate in all phases of complex research projects including design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation of results
  • Communicate with internal and external audiences  
  • Assist in the writing and editing of reports, journal articles, and presentations for both academic and lay audiences
  • Summarize study results through charts, graphs, and presentations
  • Assist in proposal development
  • Assist with survey writing, programming, testing, and administration
  • Conduct literature searches and reviews
  • For qualitative researchers: Schedule and conduct telephone and in-person interviews, focus groups, and site visits. Travel may be required for site visits.
Required skills and experience: 
  • Bachelor’s degree (required). Master’s degree in a social science or humanities field with a research focus, such as psychology, sociology, or public policy preferred, or equivalent work experience
  • For quantitative researchers: Expertise in statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Stata, R). Familiarity with Stata statistical software and its syntax language is strongly preferred
  • For quantitative researchers: Demonstrated research experience in survey design, administration, and analysis
  • For qualitative researchers: Demonstrated research experience conducting interviews, focus groups and/or participant observation
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, foster consensus, and collaborate with individuals and organizations with a range of interests and perspectives.
  • Well-organized, self-motivated, flexible, and able to work independently on multiple projects at one time
  • Eagerness to learn new skills and take on responsibility
  • Attentive to time management and detail-oriented
  • Strong interpersonal skills and professional demeanor
  • Strong and effective written and verbal communication skills 

Desirable Skills and Experience: 

  • Familiarity with current issues and concerns related to the Jewish community
  • Knowledge of Jewish and Hebrew words, terms and concepts
  • Experience with cleaning, validating, and manipulating data
  • Experience as a task and project supervisor and/or manager
  • Knowledge of human subjects research protocols and IRB applications
  • Survey programming in LimeSurvey or Qualtrics
  • Advanced skills in Excel, Publisher, GoogleApps, and other software packages

Compensation and Benefits

Brandeis offers a comprehensive 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. Tuition remission for Brandeis University classes is available.