Research Social Scientist/Project Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $60,000
Maximum: $75,000




750 North Lake Shore Drive
4th floor
United States


The American Bar Foundation (ABF) seeks to hire a full-time Research Social Scientist/Project Manager to coordinate and implement a set of research projects about Asian Americans in the legal profession. The research will include identifying and synthesizing existing data on the legal profession; designing and implementing research proposals; and supervising a team of research assistants to conduct research on several aspects of a new ABF project.

Duties of the Position

The main responsibility for this position is to manage, implement, and analyze research conducted as part of an ABF project, “The Portrait Project 2.0.” The position calls for the ability to coordinate several ongoing projects and meet deadlines; work with legal and academic professionals to finalize project goals, strategies and timelines; and experience with the design, implementation and analysis of survey and other research. The successful candidate will participate in the residential research community of the ABF and have an opportunity to publish research for both an academic and popular audience. The Research Social Scientist will report directly to the project’s co-Principal Investigators. The position can begin immediately and may extend through October 2019 or longer.


  • PhD, ABD, or other demonstration of research and management skills. Experience in data analysis is required.
  • An interest in the legal professions, life course analysis, or law and social science is preferred.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire.

EEO Policy

The ABF is firmly committed to providing equal employment opportunities. All decisions regarding the terms, privileges, and/or conditions of employment, including but not limited to hiring, classification, grading, recruitment, discharge, discipline, compensation, selection for training or apprenticeship, promotion, renewal of employment, tenure or terms, and benefits, will be made without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, order of protection status, marital status, disability, military status, unfavorable discharge from the military, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, housing status, parental status, source of income, certain arrest or criminal history records, genetic information, protected activity (such as opposition to or reporting of prohibited discrimination or harassment), or any other status or classification protected by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws. The ABF prohibits discrimination, retaliation, and harassment of individuals on any of the bases listed above and any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and/or local law.


Benefits included.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Doctorate (PhD)

How To Apply

Please send email to Francine Blazowski at Please include the following:

  • A letter of interest
  • CV
  • Names of three references. The American Bar Foundation encourages applications from persons who will add to the diversity of the ABF research community.

No phone calls, please.

About the organization

Located in Chicago, IL the American Bar Foundation is a nonprofit, independent national research institute committed to empirical and interdisciplinary research on law, legal institutions and legal processes. The ABF offers a comprehensive  benefits package that includes generous health care, retirement and vacation benefits.