Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Department: Law College Administration
Summary of Duties:
The Drug Enforcement and Policy Center seeks a Research Associate 2 with a passion for research in the area of drug policy, especially at its intersection with the criminal justice system. The Drug Enforcement and Policy Center focuses on promoting and supporting interdisciplinary, evidence-based research, scholarship, education, community outreach, and public engagement on the myriad issues and societal impacts surrounding the reform of criminal and civil laws prohibiting or regulating the use and distribution of traditionally illicit drugs. The center examines the impact of modern drug laws, policies, and enforcement on personal freedoms and human well-being, giving particularized and sustained attention to analyzing the rapid evolution of marijuana laws and the impacts of state-level reform efforts.
The Research Associate 2 will work with the Center's director, staff, and affiliated faculty to design and execute innovative, evidence-driven research projects to ensure that the Center is viewed as a scholarly leader and a valuable resource by policymakers and other academics. Working closely with local, state, and national stakeholders in the drug enforcement and policy space, the Research Associate 2 will be in charge of acquiring and analyzing data, conducting qualitative and quantitative research to inform drug enforcement policy and practice, supervising graduate student researchers, publicizing the Center's research and programming by actively seeking speaking engagements at conferences and other subject matter appropriate venues, and seeking research funding opportunities and leading grant writing efforts. Candidates must possess excellent oral and written communication skills and should be willing to engage in external outreach.
Essential Functions: Design, lead and manage multiple research projects across the center's strategic research priorities. Develop research models that make the center's data analyses useful to drug law and policy practitioners, as well as available to the public for further study and review. Collaborate with drug enforcement and policy researchers in government and non-profit agencies, and in other departments across the Ohio State University, to develop research partnerships; formulate and implement practicable research inquiries. Represent the center and its research at conferences, invited talks and panels. Proactively engage with colleagues across the center to ensure that programs and projects are designed, delivered and disseminated to maximum impact and effect. Develop and utilize appropriate research methodologies and methods, evaluation strategies, and research tools. Work with research partners and drug law and policy stakeholders to develop new projects for data collection and analysis. Write reports, articles, and policy papers on research results. Lead on the production of research and policy reports, as well as internal documents, including the development of conclusions and policy & practice recommendations. Seek and work on grant applications for research projects and collaborations. Initiate funding opportunities and work with the Center Director and staff to acquire additional funding. Supervise students working on the Center's research agenda. Seek opportunities for external public speaking/presentations.
Additional Information for Applicants::
A resume and cover letter are required in order to be considered for this position.
Master's degree or equivalent combination of work experience and education in criminology, sociology, computer science, public affairs or policy, public health, statistics, economics, or a similar field is required. An ideal candidate will have minimum of four years of work experience. Candidate must have experience in developing and executing research projects in relevant areas, ideally will have experience working in research teams, and must have experience in the development and presentation of research results.
PhD/JD is not required, but is a plus. Significant experience in drug enforcement and policy research, or research in related social policy areas, is strongly preferred. An ideal candidate will have experience in grant writing and reporting.
Target Salary: $50,000.00 - $60,000.00 Annually
Job Category: Research
Job Appointment (FTE%):
The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, and protected veteran status.
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