Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is for the Social Policy Institute. The position is located at Hillman Hall. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
The Social Policy Institute is a university-wide initiative dedicated to addressing pressing social issues through transdisciplinary empirical research, dissemination of evidence-informed policy, and training. The primary areas of research for this position will consist of education and other issues facing children and young adults. The individual will primarily be responsible for: 1) assisting in the development of tools for data collection and analysis; 2) advising on research design and evaluation issues; 3) performing data management activities, including cleaning and quality checks as necessary; 4) performing statistical analyses; 5) collaborating on the writing of research reports, briefs, and scholarly publications; 6) assisting in the reporting of results to external partners; and 7) supervising other employees and research assistants in data collection and analysis activities. The individual will work independently with mentoring from senior staff and statisticians and in collaboration with other project staff.�
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Contribute to leading data collection and instrument development. Perform quantitative and qualitative data collection and data management tasks, including audits, cleaning, and quality control checks of data as necessary. Oversee data entry tasks performed by others.
Perform statistical analyses of quantitative data collected. Analyze data in Stata, interpret statistical test results, and summarize findings.
Support development of research proposals and directions and assist with research design issues.
Help prepare findings for dissemination in various forms (presentations, papers, reports, briefs, funder materials, etc.). Draft narrative description of results for scholarly journal articles, etc.
Collaborate on liaising with internal and external research partners and funders to promote partnerships and dissemination; manage other staff and graduate research assistants.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree and one year of related work experience in public/social policy, education, public health, biostatistics, computer science, sociology, psychology, behavioral science or related field, or bachelor’s degree and three years of related work experience in public/social policy, education, public health, biostatistics, computer science, sociology, psychology, behavioral science or related field.
Software proficiency: Competency and experience navigating data and utilizing relational databases and reporting tools (Excel, Stata, and R). Competence and experience with Qualtrics or other online survey software. At least one year experience using Stata or other statistical packages to run descriptive analyses.
Ability to learn and independently perform new applications and procedures.
Strong analytic skills.
Attention to detail and accuracy in editing, record-keeping, etc.
Ability to verbally communicate complex issues with clarity to different types of audiences (e.g., academic, community, etc.).
Ability to collaborate with others, working independently and with team members, including students, staff and faculty.
Doctoral degree in public/social policy, education, public health, biostatistics, computer science, sociology, psychology, behavioral science or related field.
Experience conducting inferential data analyses and developing appropriate graphical displays of data for manuscripts, reports, and presentations.
Understanding of appropriate statistical tests for various analysis situations (including, but not limited to, correlation, ANOVA, t-test, chi-square).
Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of community members, staff, and faculty of varying degrees of technical sophistication.
Modifications to data management protocols must be made in collaboration with supervisor and project analysts.
Submission of findings for dissemination in various forms (presentations, papers, reports) must be reviewed by project analysts, evaluation lead, and principal investigators.
The hiring range for this position is $44,986 - $57,369 annually.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Please include a cover letter and resume with your application.
Washington University in St. Louis, a medium-sized, independent university, is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The University offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs. The faculty is composed of scholars, scientists, artists and members of the learned professions. They serve society by teaching; by adding to the store of human art, creativity, understanding, and wisdom; and by providing direct services, such as health care.