The Santa Fe Institute is seeking an hourly research assistant to join a team investigating the use of overt and covert political signaling on Twitter and in behavioral experiments. Current team members include Zack Dunivin, Mirta Galesic, Paul Smaldino, and Tamara van der Does. 


Job Description

We would like to hire a detail-oriented individual who can oversee the incorporation of downloaded tweets into questionnaires and behavioral experiments to be conducted online. Responsibilities include cleaning tweets using a parser, writing code to enable the selection of randomized samples in the online experiment, and downloading and organizing the ratings for each tweet. Students will work closely with the rest of the team.  

The research assistant will be hired for up to 100 hours between mid-September 2021 and mid-February 2022 with the possibility of an extension. The salary will be $16/hour for undergraduate students and $23/hour for graduate students. 

Work Location: Remote  - International applications welcome. All meetings will be during Pacific Time business hours.


Required Qualifications

  • Coding in Python and HTML

  •  Advanced undergraduate student, a post-BA individual interested in research, or graduate student.


Other Desirable Qualifications

  • Coding in CSS 

  • Experience with coding scripts for interfacing between databases and web pages

  • Experience with working with Twitter’s API and Twitter data and 

  • Experience with online survey platforms such as Unipark or Qualtrics. 

  • Interest in studying online communication and discourse and/or political polarization.

  • Completion or significant progress toward a degree in social science (e.g., psychology, sociology, political science, economics, or similar).


To apply, please send an email with an attached CV and a short letter of interest to with “Research Assistant ” in the subject line. Please include the names and contact information of three references.

We will start reviewing applications on September 13th. 


SFI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. Women and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. SFI is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples and is committed to building a culturally diverse research environment.