Research Assistant

The Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School is seeking graduate students interested in joining our team of research assistants as we conduct a study of perceptions of procedural justice and legitimacy in New York City. Under the guidance of senior staff, research assistants are responsible for conducting in-person interviews and securing data.  They report to the study’s research manager.  Interviews take place at our partner offices located in New York City’s five boroughs.


  • Conduct structured interviews with criminal justice system workers and community members.
  • Assist with the organization and maintenance of collected data, project files, and data collection instruments.
  • Assist with the maintenance of project databases and documentation.


  • Research assistants must be presently enrolled in a graduate-level program in social sciences/law/public policy or a closely related filed.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with primary and secondary research principles and methods (interviews in particular).
  • Ability to collect, compile and document data.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of highly sensitive data.
  • Ability to travel through NYC’s five boroughs.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, ability to communicate well with a wide range of interlocutors.
  • Attention to detail, flexibility and reliability.
  • Interest in criminal justice.

During the present stage of the project, research assistants will be paid to conduct individual interviews at a per-interview rate.  Subsequent phases of this project include opportunities to code, clean, and analyze qualitative data.  Applicants requiring accommodation due to a disability should state their needs in writing when submitting an application.

Apply by: October 6, 2017

We encourage all interested candidates to apply by sending us a CV in which relevant experience is described, contact information of two references (professors, supervisors, current or previous employers), and a one-page cover letter describing how the position would contribute to your career goals in the social sciences/criminal justice research field. Email all relevant materials as a single PDF document to the project manager, Camila Gripp, at [email protected]

Selected candidates will start immediately after training.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance.