Current Opportunities


Opportunity Deadlines in November 2017

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76th Annual MPSA Conference Subfield Proposals Due December 8

The 76th Annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference is happening April 5-8, 2018, in Chicago. The deadline to submit subfield proposals is Friday, December 8, 2017. Full instructions for doing so can be found at  Any questions or concerns should be sent to

 Department of Defense Opportunities for Recent Grads

The Department of Defense is looking for recent graduates to fill positions at Fort Eustis. Pay would be very competitive (likely comparable to a starting professorship depending on qualifications) and likely with 25% travel to teach. Traveling would generally be limited to the contiguous United States and always in safe places. Applications would preferably have a solid working knowledge of SNA and the creativity to apply it to various Army & Joint problems sets (both friendly and threat focused). Having an existing security clearance is a plus, but by no means required. Someone with a networks & OB-background, data experience, who
understood coding in R or Python would be the ideal candidate.

International GIS DAY Mapathon at the Center for Geospatial Analysis, November 15th, 5:30-7:30 PM

If learning how to create maps, supporting a global cause to combat HIV/AIDS, and/or eating free pizza sound intriguing, come out to the International GIS Day Mapathon at the Center for Geospatial Analysis (second floor of Swem Library) on Wednesday, November 15th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM.  No mapping experience necessary–there will be expert mappers on site to help teach all the skills you need. The event is sponsored by the US State Department’s MapGive Program and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to support data-driven initiatives combating HIV/AIDS. Event attendees will create maps in a PEPFAR region on OpenStreetMap to be used by local health workers to find health clinics and connect patients with resources. Check out the Facebook page for the event here.

Call for Papers: 2018 Virginia Social Science Association (VSSA) Annual Conference


The Virginia Social Science Association (VSSA) is calling for paper submissions for its annual conference. The theme of the conference this year is Symbolism, Discourse, and Inclusivity: Beyond Rhetoric. Those with papers related to this theme are encouraged to apply, but papers from other social science disciplines will still be considered. The conference will hold competitions for best undergraduate and best graduate papers. The winner of the graduate award will receive $500 and the undergraduate award winner will receive $250. To enter either of these competitions, use this form. To be considered for the conference, submit a one page panel or paper proposal by 5:00 p.m. on February 12, 2018 using this form.

Government Department Research Assistant Position: Fall 2017 – Spring 2018

If you’re interested in global environmental issues, check out this research assistant position (RA) with Government Professor S. P. Harish, who is leading an interdisciplinary team researching global coal plant infrastructure. The project aims to compile a global geospatial database of coal plants to enable rigorous research on the costs and benefits of coal plant construction. RAs will gain valuable research experience and the opportunity to interact with experts and faculty members in economics, political science, environmental science, and energy policy. Position responsibilities include basic statistical and quantitative research, including data collection, processing and consolidation. Desired qualifications include data management skills and experience with geospatial software (ArcGIS). The RA must be able to work both fall and spring semesters for approximately ten hours a week. RAs are funded at the rate of $9/hour for up to 10 hours a week for 12 weeks during the semester. Qualified candidates should submit a CV via email to S.P. Harish ( Please include the phrase “Coal Plants RA F17-S18” in the subject line.

Research Assistant Position, Singaporean Text Analysis

Do you want to work on a research project on the text analysis of Singaporean parliamentary speeches? We are looking for a diligent research assistant (RA) who pays attention to detail and can work with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and R. The initial task involves cleaning the various parliamentary speeches into a format that can be used for text analysis. Once this is complete, the RA will assist in conducting various analyses with the parliamentary text. The expected workload is about 10 hrs/week. At the end of the project, the RA can expect to learn the ins-and-outs of conducting text analysis on parliamentary speeches.
If you are interested and can commit to working about 10 hrs/week for the next 10 weeks, then please send your CV and a one short paragraph expression of interest to S.P.Harish at

Position Opening: Senior Research Associate at American Strategies

American Strategies is seeking an experienced Senior Research Associate with expertise in the areas of political polling and quantitative research methods. In this position, your primary responsibility will be overseeing and conducting research projects, including questionnaire design, field oversight, analysis, and presentation. American Strategies conducts public opinion surveys for trade associations and non-profit organizations engaged in advocacy campaigns and candidate campaigns as well as for clients’ internal research purposes. If you would like to learn more about the position, check out this document.

Present Your Research in Washington, D.C., Submission Deadline December 1st, 2017

Friday, February 16th, 2017, Washington, D.C.

Are you interested in presenting your research at a conference in Washington D.C.? Pi Sigma Alpha is currently accepting submissions to attend and present your Political Science research project on February 16th, 2017. The conference provides Pi Sigma Alpha members an opportunity to present their Political Science (and other related sub-fields) research findings in the heart of Washington, DC. The submissions deadline for your research project is December 1st, 2017. Please read the full description of the event here!

The Omnibus Project Launches Soon

The Omnibus Project coordinates and streamlines the development of a student subject pool for faculty and student research. Project coordinators collect data for a set of common variables, such as demographic information and political covariates, which are provided to all researchers submitting proposals. Individual researchers submit their survey questions and customize their own portion of the survey instrument. The subject pool will be comprised of students enrolled in departmental classes; some instructors will require participation or offer extra credit to students to participate in the study. Often times, Government Professors require or offer extra credit for your participation. Read more about it here!



 For a list of past opportunities visit the archive here.