Statistics Research Assistant

Please note: The deadline for applying to this position has passed.

Application Deadline: Sunday, December 20, 2020

Research assistants with statistical methods experience to work on quantitative projects at PRIO.

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) is looking to hire up to four full-time research assistants, initially for a period of 6 months but with a possibility for extension. Candidates should be able to start in January 2021, or soon after. The position provides the opportunity to work in a leading international research institution with high academic standards and an interdisciplinary environment.


The successful candidate(s) will work on the following three projects:


‘Geographies of Conflict-Induced Migration’ (CONMIG) is financed by the Research Council of Norway and led by Senior Researcher Andreas Forø Tollefsen. CONMIG employs mixed methods to understand how different forms of violence and levels of intensity affect forced migration, and to where individuals are likely to flee.

Conflict Trends

PRIO's Conflict Trends project is financed by and collaborates with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is led by Research Professor Siri Aas Rustad. It answers questions relating to the causes, consequences and trends in conflict.

Large, cross-project coding on mass-mobilizations and political regimes

There are three projects at PRIO (Mobilizing for and against DemocracyStreet-Level Autocrats and Securing the Victory) working on mass-mobilizations and political regimes. These are led by Senior Researcher Hanne Fjelde,  Professor Kristin M. Bakke and Research Profesor Kristian Skrede Gleditsch.

PRIO is looking to hire up to four research assistants that between them are qualified to work on the following tasks:

  • Manual "coding" of features of conflict, migration, opposition movements, regime support groups, and government transitions
  • Literature search and summary
  • Web scraping and preparing datasets
  • Data processing in Python, Excel, R, Stata, or GIS
  • Statistical analysis in Python, R, or Stata
  • Administrative tasks (budgeting, reporting, organizing conferences, etc.)
  • Writing blog posts and contributing as a co-author to writing policy briefs

We do not expect all candidates to work on all tasks – this depends on interests and abilities – but all candidates will require good English skills, a high degree of independence and willingness to work, interest in research in social science (preferably within the projects’ core areas of conflict, migration, mobilization campaigns and regimes, but also in other areas of social sciences), and good communication skills.

At least one of the research assistants will need:

  • Good knowledge of Stata, R, GIS, and / or Python
  • Experience with coding based on written and electronic sources
  • Strong analytical skills and generally good understanding of literature
  • Good organizational and communication skills

The candidates should preferably have completed and be able to refer to good grades in methods courses such as STV4020A and STV4020B, but these are not formal requirements. For those currently enrolled in such courses and who will complete these by the end of 2020, it will be possible to send documentation of grades as soon as these are ready.

The job will provide very good experience with project work, data analysis, the research process more generally, and work in very dynamic (and pleasant!) Research Groups.

PRIO is located in attractive premises in central Oslo. PRIO offers salary according to qualifications, group life insurance and membership in Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. The position is for a start as soon as possible for a fixed term of six months, with the possibility of an extension. PRIO is an equal opportunity employer and values staff diversity. 

Applications should be written in English and include:

1) Letter of application, describing relevant skills, experience and qualifications in the areas mentioned above
2) Curriculum vitae
3) Transcripts of academic degrees
4) The masters’ thesis
5) Names and contact details of three references

Applications must be submitted by way of an online form. 

Deadline for applications is 20 December 2020

Questions about the position can be directed to Haakon Gjerløw: