Peace Accords Matrix Postdoctoral Associate

Job description

The Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) is the largest existing collection of both qualitative and quantitative longitudinal data on the implementation of intrastate Comprehensive Peace Agreements (CPAs) signed between 1989 and 2012. The dataset tracks the annual level of implementation of 51 different provisions across 34 peace agreements over a 10-year period. The PAM project provides a knowledge base through which peacebuilding practitioners support ongoing peace negotiations as well as the level and quality of peace accord implementation.

The PAM project is currently expanding its database to include partial peace agreements and is hiring a Postdoctoral Associate to work exclusively on this coding process.

The PAM team is looking for a candidate with research interests related to armed conflict and negotiated settlement. The Postdoc will work closely with PAM principal researchers in coding partial peace agreements and performing analysis in order to produce policy and academic research outputs. A successful candidate will have a strong training in social science research methods and experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. The candidate should also have experience managing aspects of data collection for projects including locating and evaluating data sources, overseeing coding of data by research assistants and establishing a system for updating the database on an ongoing basis.

Preference will be shown to candidates with superior writing capabilities.

The position is based at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, part of the Keough School of Global Affairs. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in political science, sociology, peace studies, economics, or another relevant discipline. Applicants must also have demonstrated data analysis and interpretation skills. Desirable skills include an experience of working simultaneous equation modeling and instrumental variable approach and a specialization in comparative studies.   

Deadline to apply: February 28, 2018

To apply: Send a curriculum vitae (CV) and cover letter to Laurel Stone, Assistant Director of Policy Studies,