Research Associate III, Center for Research in Education and Social Policy
Job no: 500017
College / VP Area: College of Educ & Human Dev
Work type: Staff
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time
Pay Grade: 30E
Context of the Job:
The Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (CRESP) within the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Delaware conducts rigorous research in education, health care, and human services. Studies of school-based educational interventions, community-driven public health efforts and efforts to improve healthcare practice are at the center of CRESPs work. Faculty, research staff, and doctoral students at CRESP share an interest and commitment to collaborative research efforts where practitioners, academic researchers, funders, and policy-makers are able to inform study designs and outcome measures, and mutually benefit from establishing evidence-based practices.
CRESP specializes in (a) Randomized controlled field trials, quantitative analyses of large administrative and national databases, longitudinal studies of changes over time that combine data from disparate sources, and (b) Applied policy research investigating public health and educational innovations and interventions, including purposeful use of qualitative methods to promote knowledge of important but difficult to measure characteristics of programs and collaborative partnerships.
Under the general direction of the Center Co-Director and PI’s as assigned, the CRESP researcher plays a leadership role in project planning, sample recruitment, instrument development, data collection and management, data analyses, and production of reports and manuscripts.
• Develop project plans and strategy.
• Develop and validate interview and survey instruments.
• Develop, implement, and supervise data collection operations.
• Conduct statistical analyses of large-scale quantitative data.
• Participant outreach / sample recruitment.
• Lead authorship of research reports and academic manuscripts.
• Works closely with Project Director and Project PI.
• Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
• Doctorate or Master’s degree with 4 years of experience on collaborative research studies or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Graduate-level training in applied data analysis and program evaluation in the social sciences.
• Proficiency in data management and analysis platforms (e.g., SPSS, Excel, R, SAS, SQL, STATA).
• Familiar with advanced statistical techniques (e.g., IRT, regression, difference testing, HLM, G-theory, Structural Equation Modeling)-Experience managing complex quantitative data sets, specifically from cohort design and longitudinal studies.
• Experience working on research studies in school settings, including coordinating data collections with school personnel and teachers.
• Experience analyzing video data collected from school settings using observational measures of instructional quality.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Mastery of Microsoft Office.
• Knowledge of communication technology platforms (GoToMeeting, Skype, Twitter, etc.).
• Strong problem solving skills.
• Strong ethic and commitment to research and evidence-based policy.
• Experience in grant/proposal conceptual development.
• Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures, and backgrounds.
• Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated, and equity is a core value.
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