Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Essential Functions: Center for Urban Studies, a research center located within Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, seeks an experienced researcher and program evaluator to serve as a Research Assistant/Research Associate.Responsibilities of Research Assistant/Research AssociateDesign evaluation procedures/protocols and develop data collection instruments, manage and supervise the construction and maintenance of databases and web-based data profiles, and conduct statistical analyses and interpret findings.Actively participate in proposal grant-writing activities, including identifying including designing research methods and data collection procedures, power analysis, data analysis plan, and drafting substantive elements of proposals (needs, significance, project design and/or evaluation, etc.).Assist in the preparation of articles for consideration in refereed journals on an ongoing basis.Assist in the development of a research agenda and public policy foci. Perform day-to-day oversight in program evaluation activities throughout the state of Michigan, including large survey mailing, face-to-face and telephone interviews, focus groups, and so forth; monitor data collection progress.Collaborate with others regarding data management, and in the planning and implementation of data quality assurance plans. Assume the lead role in producing reports or other deliverable documents to fulfill contracts, and prepare and deliver presentations to policy-making bodies and professional organizations.Prepare regular updates to Center Director and Managing Director.
Qualifications: A Bachelor or Masters in social science research (including political science, public administration, demography, education, geography, psychology, public health, social work, sociology, survey methodology, statistics, and urban studies) is required for Research Assistant. Working toward a Ph.D. in process is highly preferred.Ph.D, required for Research Associate.Minimum of one to two year's experience in an academic research environment. Knowledge, Skills, and AbilitiesWorking knowledge, coursework, and experience in designing, implementing, and managing program evaluation/research projects, including large scale mailings, telephone and face-to-face interviews, and focus groups.A strong working knowledge of social science research methods and primary data collection procedures (CATI, web-based surveys, mail surveys, in-person interviews, focus groups, etc.) and practicalities of implementation required.Skilled in statistical analyses and a range of advanced quantitative techniques which might include: network analysis, multivariate linear and logistic regresssionstructural equation latent variable modeling, statistical weighting, reliability, sampling and effect size analysis, etc. Ability to effectively utilize software necessary to convert and process data (e.g. SAS, SPSS, Excel, Access, Dbase). Practical experience in ESRI GIS is preferable. Computer programming capability is an advantage.Outstanding written and oral communication skills.Flexible and adaptable style; a professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.Ability to manage several projects simultaneously, prioritize and plan work activities while meeting respective deadlines. Strong organizational and time-management skills.Ability to evaluate, interpret, and present complex information effectively in professionally prepared documents or presentations. Strong problem resolution, organizational, and analytical skills; ability to collaborate effectively.Strong diplomatic skills to present, answer questions and concerns effectively to groups.
Internal Number: 76_207840
About Wayne State University
Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. Wayne State?s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over nearly 200 acres; its five extension centers offer higher education to people throughout Southeast Michigan. Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in. Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan?s public universities. Its students represent 49 U.S. states and more than 60 countries.