Research Assistant, Agent Based Modeling

United States Institute Of Peace Washington , DC 20319

Posted 2 months ago

Who We Are

Peace is our commitment. The United States Institute of Peace represents the American people's shared values and commitment to peace around the world. We know that Peace is Security it advances both U.S. and international security by preventing, managing and mitigating violent conflict.

We are an independent, non-partisan institution and are actively engaged with peacebuilding efforts around the world. Together we tackle the toughest problems and hold fast to the possibility of a more peaceful world. (To learn more about USIP programs and job openings, go to

If you have a passion for making the world a better place and want to have a front row seat to the world stage, USIP is the place for you.


This position will support a multi-disciplinary, multi-program project is a collaboration between four thematic USIP programs (Justice, Governance and Security; Countering Violent Extremism; Non-Violent Action; and Inclusive Peace Processes) as part of the Center for Applied Conflict Transformation's mandate to generate innovation to improve peacebuilding practice. The position will support a project that is testing and developing innovative computational tools capable of supporting policymakers in more rigorous strategic decision-making processes to manage complex conflict dynamics.

Pay: $14.00 - $14.75/hour

Period of Performance: October 2019 July 2020 (with a possibility of extension)


  • Provide research and support for the Applied Conflict Transformation Center's multidisciplinary program on computation modeling, specifically to:

  • Alongside a technical specialist in computational modeling, the research assistant will support the development and growth of a computational model for a peacebuilding challenge, through data collection, coding, procuring and organizing information, and other relevant tasks;

  • Provide communications and writing support to multidisciplinary team of Directors including providing summaries, write ups, and notetaking at relevant events for the computational initiative;

  • Support the project's Director and technical specialist's analytical work by providing research support for publications that may include articles, reports, blogs, podcasts as well as participation in events identified by USIP;

  • Assist with event planning and execution to ensure successful advancement of portfolio;

  • Provide research and analysis on thematic areas related to the four disciplines as part of the project, as needed to support the project's other activities.

Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Only full-time students from universities belonging to the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area (CUWMA) can be considered for these openings.

  • Excellent time management, collaborative, and organizational skills required.

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills required.

  • 1- 2 years related experience required.

  • Ability to understand and translate complex themes, ideas, and content into analytic units and data.

All USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the favorable completion of a suitability background investigation.

Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.


To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

  • Writing Sample

For questions about this position please email Do not send resumes or attachments to this email address.

Only those applicants that are selected for further discussions will be contacted.

No Phone Calls. Interviews will be scheduled by appointment only.

USIP is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of USIP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Research Assistant, Agent Based Modeling

United States Institute Of Peace