Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Now Hiring: Research Fellow

The Robina Institute is now receiving applications for a Research Fellow. This position will join research that is currently under way for the Institute's Probation Revocation Project, the Parole Release and Revocation Project, and the Criminal History Enhancement Project.

About the Job

The Research Associate will primarily work on the following projects:

1. Probation Revocation Project

The Robina Institute’s Probation Revocation Project partners with city, county, and state jurisdictions to conduct research of community supervision and probation revocation practices in the United States. The first phase of this research included data collection, as well as interviews with probation officers, probationers, judges, prosecutors, and public defenders to provide a comprehensive picture of how these jurisdictions manage probation and probation revocation practices. Additionally, the Probation Revocation Project is partnering with select jurisdictions to assist with improving practices such as providing an analysis of fees and fines, and assisting with developing sanctions and incentive grids for probation management.

2. Parole Release and Revocation Project

The Parole Release and Revocation initiative researches the components and framework of parole release and revocation decision-making across the United States. This initiative is committed to engaging paroling authorities in both indeterminate and determinate sentencing states in examining all elements of the discretionary parole release and post-release violations process. An important goal of the research is to contribute to the enhancement of decision-making at every stage.

3. Criminal History Enhancements

The goals of the Robina Institute’s Criminal History Enhancements Project are to study the widely varying criminal history enhancement formulas found in U.S. sentencing guidelines systems, encourage each system to examine its use of criminal history to determine whether it is operating in a just and cost-effective manner, and conduct original research on the operation and effectiveness of criminal history formulas being used in guidelines systems.


Preference is for 100% time, continuing, exempt Civil Service position, but open to negotiating for a part-time position. The Robina Institute is funded through a generous gift from the Robina Foundation. Funding is available for this position through June 30, 2018. Any continuation beyond that time will be dependent on the Institute’s ability to secure additional funding.


  • Conduct qualitative interviews with a variety of individuals including probation officers, probationers, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, parole board members, and prisoners.
  • Analyze qualitative data and draft findings.
  • Analyze quantitative data using a variety of software such as STATA, SPSS, Excel, or other similar tools.
  • Perform quantitative analyses utilizing advanced statistical methods such as propensity score matching and survival analysis.
  • Design or assist in designing and administering survey instruments, and analyze the results.
  • Draft project-specific reports, policy analyses, and topical summaries of best practices.
  • Create statistical charts and graphs for reports, presentations, and web-based content.
  • Make presentations based on project work in various contexts such as academic and professional conferences and advisory board meetings.
  • Serve as a primary contact for site coordination and follow-up, including travel.


BA/BS in criminal justice, public policy, sociology, public administration, or a related social-science discipline plus at least 4 years of experience or advanced degree plus 2 years of experience or a combination or related education and work experience to equal eight years.


Completed PhD (or all but dissertation) or Masters degree. Research experience in the criminal justice field. Interest in and coursework and/or work experience in the areas of corrections, especially probation, parole, and/or sentencing policy and practice. Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with diverse individuals, including researchers, policy makers, and practitioners. Ability to work in a collaborative research environment. Strong communication skills and good judgment; ability to multi‐task effectively. Ability to effectively represent the Institute to internal and external constituents.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should view the complete job description and apply online at the University of Minnesota's Job Center.

Visit the UMN Job Center, here. You may apply and search for the position by using the one or more of the following terms:

Robina Research Fellow
Job ID: 316953
​Job Code: ​8352P3


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