Senior Research Analyst, Police Organizations - IPA

  • United States of America
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Start Date (Earliest):
Language Requirement:
  • Spanish
Length of Commitment:
More than two years

Under the academic leadership of Rodrigo Canales, the Yale of School of Management and IPA are recruiting a Senior Research Analyst (SRA) to support quantitative research, including data analysis and drafting of papers, related to a 3-year multimillion dollar research project focusing on police organization in Mexico.

Crime, violence, and a weak rule of law jointly present some of the most pressing issues for Latin America. They affect citizen behavior and relations at every level of society, so these shortcomings impose a significant cost on the economy and constitute a severe threat to economic development and political stability. This project seeks to explore how to design local police forces in Mexico (and Latin America more broadly) that can rise to the challenge of reducing violence, increasing institutional legitimacy and trust in institutions, and strengthening the rule of law. The project thus focuses on three sets of questions:

  1. The specific organizational capabilities and structural characteristics that are systematically proven to deliver better results (or questions of basic organizational design);
  2. The process and sequence through which these organizational capabilities should be incorporated into new or existing police organizations (or questions of organizational construction and change);
  3. How, given an organizational design, police organizations can build citizen engagement, participation, and trust through their protocols, practices, and interactions with citizens (or questions of the enactment of practices). This includes an understanding of how police organizations in Mexico should implement evidence-based interventions that have been proven to effectively reduce violence and build institutional legitimacy.

The SRA will be based in Mexico City or in New Haven CT (home office) and will work closely with the academic lead, Rodrigo Canales and other researchers in the project to lead and develop at least one quantitative publication addressing one of the project’s research agendas.

This is designed as a six-month position, with possibility of renewal for an additional six months. The position is ideal training for exceptional graduating seniors or master students that are interested in pursuing a PhD in Management, Public Administration, Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Criminology, or related fields after acquiring research experience. The responsibilities of the SRA include a variety of tasks that will prepare the student for graduate school, such as analyzing data, developing statistical models, reading research papers, writing literature reviews, and writing sections of research papers. Thus, we hope to attract the very best candidates who are interested in academia. The expected start date is February-March 2021. This is a full-time position though we are open to discuss part-time opportunities with candidates. Ideally, these candidates will start graduate school in 2022.

  • Analyzing data
  • Developing statistical models
  • Reading research papers and writing literature reviews
  • Drafting components of research papers alongside the PI and other researchers.
  • Education: Candidates should be completing or have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in economics or other quantitative disciplines (Management, Public Administration, Political Science, Sociology, Criminology).
  • Have strong quantitative skills, experience with empirical research and an excellent understanding of econometric methods.
  • Candidates with at least one year of research experience are preferred.
  • Candidates are required to have programming experience in R or Stata.
  • Communication Skills: Advanced reading and writing skills in English.
  • Language: English fluency required, working level in Spanish is desired.