Job Opportunity: Research Associate, One Earth Future

By Gwenith Cross

Primary Role:
The primary role of the Research Associate will be to develop an active empirical research program supporting OEFR’s core mission and implementation projects. The Research Associate will be expected to develop novel research projects publishable in policy, popular, and academic outputs and respond to requests to develop applied research projects supporting OEF’s work in maritime security, economic development and conflict, or other areas. The specific research program should fit with and be in support of OEF’s core mission of developing better systems of governance that support peaceful conflict resolution and development. Specific expertise of interest to OEF includes the role of non-state actors in governance, empirical predictors of peace and conflict, the structure and function of transnational governance systems, and the role of business in supporting peace. The Research Associate will be expected to work with other R&D and implementation program staff to develop and conduct research, and to aggressively promote his or her work to the media and policy audiences.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop a research agenda to build OEF’s expertise in areas related to our mission of supporting peace through governance.
  • Develop budgets and staffing plans consistent with the overall research agenda and hire and manage staff sufficient to execute the research agenda.
  • Present the results of research to policy figures, academics, and other interested audiences in an accessible way that emphasizes practical lessons that can be drawn from the research and publish research in academic and professional outlets as well as OEF publications.
  • Write materials for popular or non-academic audiences to popularize OEF’s arguments.
  • Work with implementation projects and other departments at OEF to contribute expertise when relevant.
Required Education, Knowledge, Skills and Competencies:
This role requires a significant level of international research experience in areas related to peace, business, or governance studies. Specific requirements include
  • A PhD in Political Science, Psychology, Management, Sociology, or another relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrated expertise and a significant body of published empirical research on topics related to OEF’s mission.
  • A track record of publishing in non-academic outlets is a strong plus.
  • Superb organization skills.
  • Superb oral and written communication skills in English, as secondary language is a strong plus
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize workload in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule
  • Commitment to OEF’s vision (

Reports To:
Director, OEF Research

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter detailing your experience and salary requirements and a resume to Daryn Ridenour at Please reference the job title in the subject line of your email, only complete applications will be considered.

This position is located at the OEF central office in Broomfield, CO.

Organization Summary:
OEF is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization with a vision of developing effective systems of global governance to achieve a world beyond war, leading to our tagline “Peace Through Governance.” OEF focuses on both researching ideas and implementing those ideas in practical international projects. OEF Research, the main research program at OEF, produces actionable empirical research that speaks to how a world without war can be achieved. This work is used to inform the peace-promoting efforts of our implementation programs and external stakeholders. For more information about the work we do around the world, please visit and

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