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Research Project Lead for Studies of Postsecondary Student Success
The Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan is seeking a Research Project Lead for Studies of Postsecondary Student Success. The Research Project Lead takes substantial responsibility for the day-to-day organization and execution of one or more assigned research projects addressing postsecondary students’ educational and labor market outcomes, and policies and practices that influence student success. The Research Project Lead also collaborates in and provides support to other original research projects and funding proposals led by other team members. The position is part of a research team under the direction of Dr. Peter Riley Bahr, Associate Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, who will determine the scope of work.  The position is 100% remote, but an on-campus office is available in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal depending on funding. Review of applications will begin on June 16, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

The responsibilities of the Research Project Lead include:
  • Interpret the objectives and research questions of assigned projects
  • Design and refine methodologies to meet project objectives and answer project research questions
  • Clean, code, organize, merge, and otherwise prepare and manage complex longitudinal data sets for analysis using Stata 
  • Write carefully commented and well-organized Stata syntax 
  • Conduct advanced statistical analyses 
  • Develop and refine methods of visualizing and presenting research findings for internal team review and external dissemination
  • Thoroughly document methodological and operational decisions of data preparation and analysis
  • Prepare data codebooks
  • Prepare literature reviews 
  • Write manuscripts, reports, briefs, and funding proposals 
  • Prepare and deliver presentations 
  • Collaborate in research activities with other team members
  • Participate in and contribute to team meetings  
  • Guide the work of graduate student research team members, assign tasks, set timelines, ascertain the quality and completeness of work products, and ensure that deadlines are met

Position: Research Project Lead for Studies of Postsecondary Student Success
Organization: University of Michigan
Location: Ann Arbor,  MI 
United States
Salary: Starting salary $55,000 to $60,000
Posting Start Date: 6/2/2022
Date Posted: 6/2/2022
  • M.A. (Ph.D. preferred) in Education, Public Policy, Sociology, Economics, or a related field 
  • Extensive experience with advanced quantitative research methods
  • Extensive experience preparing complex longitudinal datasets for analysis, including cleaning, coding, organizing, merging, and managing data using Stata
  • Extensive experience analyzing data and displaying results in tabular and graphical form using Stata
  • Experience writing manuscripts for peer-reviewed scholarly journals
  • Experience translating research findings for presentation to scholarly audiences, such as at research conferences
  • Extensive, in-depth knowledge of one or more areas of higher education research
  • Familiarity with contemporary research and policy discourse on community colleges and other open-access postsecondary institutions
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others, including both receiving direction and providing direction
  • Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining exceptional attention to detail
  • Experience with project planning and leadership
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
Status: This listing expires on: 8/1/2022
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University of Michigan
610 E. University

Ann Arbor,  MI 48109
United States
(734) 763-1228
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