Research Associate

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Fairfax, VA, US
Fairfax, VA
Research Associate, Government Contracting

The George Mason University School of Business, Center for Government Contracting, invites applications for multiple Research Associate positions. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the School of Business:

Dedicated to excellence in research and teaching, the School of Business educates future business leaders through world-class innovative academic programs and strategic business partnerships. Ranked among the top 100 undergraduate business school programs and top 50 part-time MBA programs by the U.S. News and World Report , the School of Business is accredited in both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Faculty are deeply engaged in the regional, national, and international business communities, and their academic expertise combined with real-world experience provides a bridge in the classroom from academic theory to business practice. The school is evolving to become more interdisciplinary, more connected, and more diverse.

The School of Business is pursuing three strategic directions through research, teaching, and partnerships: 1. Digital Transformation of Work; 2. Ensuring Global Futures by addressing the challenges of ensuring a livable and resilient society; and 3. Entrepreneurship and Innovation. To support these strategic initiatives, the School of Business is playing a significant role in three new university initiatives: the Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA); the Institute for a Sustainabe Earth (ISE); and the School of Computing.

About the Center for Government Contracting:

The vision of the Center for Government Contracting is to be a nexus for government, industry, and academia to address issues in government contracting. The GovCon market is a huge ($500B+), diverse, sophisticated, and interesting industry whose business issues are worthy of specialized academic study, research, and curricula. The industry, based in the Northern Virginia-DC Capital region, employs approximately 1 in every 6 professionals in the area, and has some 10,000 Mason alumni working in it. With School of Business and other Mason faculty, the Center is conducting activities in research, education and training, and collaboration to achieve this vision. Being known for having a distinctive academic competency in the business of government and government contracting will be a competitive advantage for Mason's School of Business and helps to create a more efficient and effective market for the public good.

About the Position:

The Research Associate will conduct research, proposal writing, and program support to help the Center's research projects, publications, and events across the government contracting community. The Center intends to hire multiple candidates depending on the outcome of submitted proposals under consideration by DoD. The term is 12 months with the opportunity for renewal. This is a full-time position and is fully funded from external foundation funding and the position is expressly contingent upon the continuation of such foundation funding.


  • Conducting background research and support for Center research projects;
  • Supporting the development and execution of Center in-person and virtual events;
  • Playing a central role in the organization, writing, and support of proposals or research grants to help grow the research portfolio of the Center;
  • Managing qualitative research data;
  • Assisting with statistical analyses of financial and operational data related to government contractors and government contracting;
  • Assisting with the writing of project reports and briefings;
  • Self-organization;
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in a relevant field, such as Business, Management, Policy, Public Administration, Political Science, or Economics; or demonstrable experience with research that exhibits that mastery; or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience;
  • Demonstrable understanding of government contracting as a business and public procurement as a governmental function;
  • Skill with Microsoft Office and Microsoft Teams.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Research experience in government contracting as a business or public procurement as a governmental function;
  • Publications in government contracting trade publications or journals.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F661Az at by September 14, 2021; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references with contact information.

We will contact you directly if we require additional materials. Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!

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New hires starting after August 15, 2021, must have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination by their start date, be fully vaccinated within 45 days of their start date, and submit documentary proof unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption by their start date. For updated George Mason University COVID-19 vaccination requirements, please visit George Mason University Vaccination Requirements .

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