Senior Research Associate - 17785BR

Senior Research Associate

Achievement & Assessment Inst
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

ATLAS, a center at the University of Kansas, is seeking Senior Research Associate to support operational research and evaluation projects. ATLAS projects focus on improving pK-12 academic outcomes for all students by developing rigorous technology-based learning and assessment systems. The Senior Research Associate will lead the design, planning and implementation of research and evaluation projects and will provide methodological expertise for a range of projects across the center. Additional responsibilities will include contributing to proposal development for external funding opportunities, developing technical documentation and disseminating project findings, and other duties as assigned. Critical to the role is the ability to communicate effectively, work collaboratively with colleagues, and be responsive to project needs.

This is a full-time (40 hours/week), unclassified position at the Lawrence campus, with occasional off-site meetings. Remote work arrangements with regular travel to the Lawrence campus will be considered for well-qualified candidates.

Job Description

40% - Lead the design, planning, and implementation of research and evaluation projects with diverse purposes and audiences. Conceptualize research studies, develop and manage research and evaluation plans and timelines, and monitor integrity of data collection and use of protocols and procedures. Conduct quantitative and/or qualitative analyses and interpret results.

25% - Consult with other ATLAS staff on research and evaluation design, instruments, and data collection and analysis for a range of projects related to ATLAS’ technology-based learning and assessment systems. Provide input on research studies, and review and critique analyses, technical reports, manuscripts, and other materials from other researchers.

20% - Collaborate with other staff to develop technical documentation and disseminate project findings. This includes scholarly journal articles, briefs, and other products for a variety of audiences, along with presentations to external groups.

15% - Collaborate with colleagues, both as a lead and as support, to develop proposals for externally funded initiatives aligned with ATLAS priorities. Serve as key personnel on funded projects.

Required Qualifications

  1. Doctoral degree in educational psychology, educational research and evaluation, or other closely related field
  2. Minimum of 5 years of additional postdoc experience designing and conducting educational research and evaluation projects
  3. Demonstrated expertise in quantitative and/or qualitative research methodology as demonstrated by application materials (i.e. publication and presentation history) and interview.
  4. One year of experience in at least one data analysis program (e.g., SPSS, SAS, R, NVivo, Dedoose)
  5. Experience writing technical reports, manuscripts, and other dissemination products
  6. Experience managing multiple priorities and deadlines, including adapting in response to changes in work priorities and processes, as evidenced in application
  7. Experience applying detail-orientation and strong organizational skills, as evidenced by application materials

Preferred Qualifications

  1. At least one year of experience conducting applied research and evaluation on technology-based learning and assessment systems in pK-12 education
  2. Demonstrated methodological expertise in a specialized area within research design and data analysis (e.g., power analysis, mixed methods)
  3. Effective oral and written communication skills for technical and non-technical audiences, as evidenced in written application materials and interview
  4. Strong problem solving skills as evidenced by application materials and interview
  5. Demonstrated success securing funding as a PI or co-PI on a grant-funded project and/or managing externally funded research or evaluation projects.
  6. Record of published research on a topic related to student learning and cognition, and/or assessment in pK-12 education
  7. Knowledge of educational methods for disadvantaged populations, such as students with disabilities or English learners

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes online application, vita, cover letter clearly addressing how required and preferred qualifications are met, and contact information for four professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

Application review begins September 11, 2020 and continues until the position is filled. To ensure first consideration, please apply before the application review date.

Candidates invited to interview will be asked to make a 20 minute presentation on a research project of their choice. A 10-15 minute question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Contact Information to Applicants

Cynthia Perez

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum 75,000

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