Research Assistant Positions

As a research organization the Kettering Foundation relies upon a team of resident assistants to contribute to its programs. The research group includes full-time positions open to recent recipients of bachelors or masters degrees. The position includes residency at the Dayton, Ohio campus for one academic year (usually July – July). The primary responsibility is to provide focused reviews of relevant scholarly and professional literature. Residents work individually and within a 4-6 member research group. We seek candidates whose interests are complementary to the foundation’s interdisciplinary research into the challenges of democratic governance.

Eligibility Requirements

The successful candidate will be able to:

  • communicate and write effectively,
  • read and write across disciplines and recognize interdisciplinary connections among research questions
  • understand and translate technical concepts into reports coherent to non-specialists
  • work independently and with others in research teams
  • spend one academic year in residence at the foundation’s Dayton, Ohio, office
Application Process

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, current resume, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. Please send email to with subject “Research Assistant Position.”

The cover letter should address the following:

  • What elements of Kettering Foundation research do you find most related to your research interest?
  • What skills and knowledge do you hope to gain from a year at the Kettering Foundation?

Important Dates:
We will begin reviewing applications March 15.

Compensation and Provisions

Research assistants receive excellent full-time compensation and benefits, including medical insurance. The foundation provides office space; use of a computer; and access to the Internet, an internal library, electronic journal subscriptions and other research resources. Research assistants are reimbursed for ordinary costs associated with a temporary relocation to Dayton.