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The Institute for Family Studies (IFS) seeks motivated, talented men and women dedicated to strengthening marriage and family life and advancing the well-being of children through research and public education.

Note: These positions are in-person.


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We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Research Fellow

Title: Research Fellow

Reports to: IFS Director of Research, Wendy Wang.

This is a full-time position.

General Purpose: The Institute for Family Studies is looking for a social scientist who is adept at analyzing large data sets--e.g., the General Social Survey and the NLSY97--and has graduate training in sociology, economics, psychology or statistics. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The Research Fellow will

  • support all major research projects
  • support all survey development
  • ensure statistical excellence throughout the organization,
  • produce an annual research project of his or her own, and
  • work closely with our Founding Senior Fellow, Brad Wilcox.

Qualifications:  The ideal candidate is:

  • adept at analyzing and visualizing data sets
  • knowledgeable about marriage and family research
  • has strong communication skills
  • willing to work in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • committed to strengthening marriage and families

Education: Candidates should have a Master’s or Ph.D.

Pay: Commensurate with experience.

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1502
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 253-5011

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