Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Research Assistant - Evans School of Public Affairs

Department: Evans School of Public Affairs
Date Available: September 16, 2008
Application Deadline: To ensure consideration apply before 6/23/08

General Duties/Description:
The Evans School is seeking a research assistant (ASE) to perform modeling using R and the module Statnet to analyze panel social network data gathered from the original low-income residents of the High Point Hope VI Redevelopment. The position is 20 hours a week for the Fall 2008 and Winter 2009 academic quarters. HOPE VI is a national grant program offered to local housing authorities by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with a goal of redeveloping more than 100,000 units of distressed public housing throughout the nation. High Point is the fourth HOPE VI grant that the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) has received. The development has been replaced with a mixed-income community that focuses on enhancing self-sufficiency and community involvement. Original residents had the option of remaining within the new development or using a housing voucher to move elsewhere.

In 2001, an in person survey collected egocentric social network data from 200 residents prior to redevelopment and any moves. This summer, 2008, these residents are being reinterviewed. The research assistant would work with these social network data as well as any pertinent data collected as part of the survey effort, with the goal of examining changes in the assortative mixing of the respondents’ social networks over time and applying new tools within statnet.

The research assistant will provide support for the analysis.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Managing and setting up the dataset for analysis
  • Assisting in the analysis of the dataset
  • Supporting the summary of those analyses.

Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with academic standing, qualifications, and experience. Workstudy is also a possibility.

How to Apply: Send or email a cover letter and resume to Rachel Garshick Kleit: kleit@u.washington.edu or Box 353055.


  • Expertise in R, familiarity with statnet a bonus or other statistical packages a bonus.
  • Ability to use Excel and Word•Ability to work independently and as a team member•Good problem-solving skills
  • Good quantitative skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Condition of Employment:Must be a UW graduate student

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 / 206.543.6452 (tty) or dso@u.washington.edu.