The Open Technology Initiative at New America Foundation (OTI) seeks a Research Associate to support our community technology projects and related research. OTI's Field Analysts and Research Fellows have numerous research projects underway examining issues such as privacy and surveillance, the efficacy of broadband adoption programs, the role of partnerships in broadband adoption programs, and the impact of specific technology interventions. OTI serves as a research and evaluation partner to community organizations, government agencies and academic institutions working on broadband adoption and computer center projects in Philadelphia and Detroit. OTI is also partnering with community organizations for the deployment of community wireless networks and seeks to understand the impact of these projects.
The Research Associate will be an essential contributor to these efforts. Depending on her or his skills, the Research Associate will conduct interviews or focus groups, analyze quantitative and qualitative data, and otherwise support the lead researchers; install wireless networking equipment and gather user feedback; write blog posts and policy briefs and assist with organizing and coordinating various events.
The ideal candidate has a familiarity with a range of research methods and/or experience with community media or technology design. We welcome applications from people with experience in other fields, such as public health, ecology, urban planning or economics, but please explain in your cover letter why you want to transition to the field of media and technology and why your experience in a different field would be an asset.