The Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University seeks applications for a post-doctoral researcher in the Network for Nonprofit and Social Impact lab, beginning June 2016 for 1 year (or two pending on imminent funding approval).


PhD in communication studies, education policy, or related field and demonstrated proficiency in network analysis and quantitative research methods.


The researcher will assist work with the NNSI team on a newly funded project focusing on the outcomes of planned and emergent community networks of organizations dedicated to improving educational outcomes for people age 0 to 21. Specific job responsibilities will include recruiting and surveying communities, cleaning and analyzing survey data, including network data, writing regular project-update reports, and preparing academic research papers for submission to conferences and journals.


This position is located within the Network for Nonprofit and Social Impact (NNSI) lab in the School of Communication at Northwestern University. You can learn more about the lab at

The Network for Nonprofit and Social Impact is dedicated to answering the question: How can nonprofit networks be rewired for maximum social impact? The research team includes undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral research fellows, and faculty. Started in September 2012, NNSI uniquely focuses on research that emphasizes collaborative efforts and network structures that include nonprofit organizations and their many organizational and community partners.

 Application process:

Review of applications begins on May 5 and continues until position is filled. Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, research sample, and two letters of recommendation to Applications and questions about the position may be directed to Michelle Shumate, Director, Network for Nonprofit and Social Impact & Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies. Ideal start date is July 15, 2016, but other schedules can be accommodated.