Research Assistant

Job description

About OpenMind

In recent years, our society has become increasingly divided. Rather than appreciating our differences, all too often, people are viewing the world through an "us versus them" lens. OpenMind works to address these issues by translating the best behavioral science research into practicable, scalable, and evidence-based tools that equip people with the mindset and skillset to communicate and collaborate across differences. Our tools are built for use in many contexts, including workplaces, universities, and communities.

OpenMind is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that was co-founded by the social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, the author of the bestselling books The Righteous Mind and The Coddling of the American Mind. Since launching in 2017, our online program has reached more than 45,000 people in more than 900 classrooms, as well as 100+ organizations and companies, across more than 15 countries.

About the role

The Research Assistant position works under the direction of a PhD-level research scientist to support program development and evaluation. Duties include day-to-day coordination of randomized controlled trials; collecting and analyzing user feedback about programs and making recommendations for program improvement; conducting reviews of scientific literature in order to inform program development. Anticipated duration of 6 months, part-time, with strong possibility of extension.


  1. Project management, including tracking participant recruitment and survey completion and communicating with research collaborators

  2. Assist with data cleaning and merging and basic statistical analyses

  3. With support, conduct literature reviews

  4. Assist with manuscript preparation, including APA formatting and references

  5. Assist with other research tasks, as needed

Job requirements


  1. Demonstrated experience with research coordination

  2. Intermediate skills in Excel

  3. Social sciences background, with an associate degree and above

  4. Preferred experience with reference manager software and SPSS/R

Why work with us

  • A Mission-Driven Culture — we practice what we preach, so we wear our values of intellectual humility, continuous learning, and non-partisanship on our sleeves

  • Remote First — OpenMind was founded as a remote first organization, and we work hard to maintain a strong team culture across vast distances (our small crew is spread across six states and three countries)

  • Compensation: $25/hour, 15-20 hours/ week, beginning August 15

OpenMind is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.