Research Assistant

ISPU is seeking an entrepreneurial research professional with experience in community-based field research on a project aimed at shining light on the little-known stories of Indigenous Muslims, their struggles, strengths and unique needs. The project will produce a first of its kind narrative survey of Indigenous American Muslims, telling the stories of Native Americans who are Muslim through photo narratives, and thematic analysis of personal stories. The ideal candidate has experience setting up systems for qualitative research, to document community contributions or activities and has the ability to engage academics, American Muslim leaders and media professionals alike. The project would require an 18-month commitment to complete research and dissemination.

Scope of activities:

    • Work with PI to develop research methodology, research questions and interview questions in consultation with the advisors and with approval of ISPU Research Director (RD)
    • Input into a detailed timeline and understand responsibilities of team members in coordination with project manager, and ISPU RD
    • Recruit participants for focus groups and/or interviews
    • Recruit organizations and community leaders to help with participant recruitment
    • Assist in conducting focus groups and/or interviews
    • Contribute to analyzing quantitative and qualitative data and contribute to writing the first draft of report from PI lead outline, summarizing the findings of the research
    • Be available for weekly check in with project manager at date and time agreed upon after kick off meeting

Position Logistics:

    • Position Title: Research Assistant on “Native American Muslim Stories”
    • Period of Performance: 18 months
    • Location: US-based, virtual
    • Classification: Part time stipend position
    • Stipend: $9,000


    • Currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program OR Bachelor’s/Master’s degree completed
    • Experience in qualitative community based research
    • Experience setting up systems for qualitative research
    • Ability to engage academics, American Muslim leaders and media professionals alike 
    • Demonstrated ability to gather, analyze, and present information in a clear, concise, and understandable manner 
    • Strong interpersonal, cross-cultural, and problem-solving skills 
    • Highly motivated individual with the ability to work independently and operate on a flexible work schedule

To apply, please email your cover letter, resume, and writing sample to: by November 30, 2021. No phone calls, please.

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