Research Assistant (Multiple Positions)

Job description

Montclair State is New Jersey's second largest university. It offers the advantages of a large university - a broad undergraduate curriculum with a global focus, a wide variety of superior graduate programs through the doctoral level, and a diverse faculty and student body - combined with a small college's attention to students.

Posting Date April 2, 2018

Position Title Research Assistant (Multiple Positions)

Vacancy # V-1460

Department Family Science and Human Development

Division Academic Affairs

Job Description

The Research Assistant will conduct research as a member of the Research on Youth Thriving & Evaluation Institute (RYTE) at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ, under the supervision of co-Directors Dr. Jennifer Urban & Dr. Miriam Linver. The Research Associate will work on the Inspiring Purpose Project (a program evaluation of a character development program currently being implemented throughout secondary schools in Scotland) and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Adult Volunteer Training and Development Project (examining the training of adult volunteers, and the character outcomes for youth).

The Research Assistant will work independently and collaboratively with RYTE members including the co-Directors, Research Scientists, Post-Doctoral Researchers, students and staff members.

The position will be located within the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University and the initial appointment will be for 1 year, with an option to renew for a 2nd year.


  • Conducting interviews with youth and adults/teachers
  • Participate in coding and analysis of interviews with participants
  • Assist with quantitative survey analysis, with multiple waves of youth and adult data
  • Assist with an effort to develop measures for assessing youth character
  • Assist with managing data and analysis of mixed-methods datasets
  • Present research findings at national meetings
  • Assist in publishing research findings in peer-reviewed journals
  • Conduct grant writing and report writing for funders and other external audiences
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position.

Qualifications & Requirements

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated individual able to work efficiently and productively in a fast-paced research environment. Candidates must have a Master's degree in a social science field with a focus on human development, evaluation, or a related field (e.g., psychology, education, sociology, family studies), as determined by the Principal Investigators.

Candidates should be able to work independently on project goals, as well as working closely with a team of other researchers of all levels should also have a working knowledge of research methods, qualitative data analysis, and quantitative data analysis.

Candidates must also demonstrate enthusiasm for intellectual rigor and engagement; excellent writing ability; experience working in a team environment; an ability to work both independently and collaboratively; and excellent interpersonal skills. Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience conducting applied developmental research and/or research on character development programs.

Salary Range
Commensurate with experience.

Anticipated Start Date Open until position is filled.

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Building on a distinguished 105-year history, Montclair State University is proud to be a leading institution of higher education in New Jersey. The university's six colleges and schools serve more than 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 300 majors, minors, concentrations and certificate programs. Situated on a beautiful, 250-acre suburban campus just 14 miles from New York City, Montclair State combines the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a dynamic, sophisticated, and diverse academic environment.

EEO/AA Statement:

Montclair State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution with a strong commitment to diversity. Additional information can be found on the MSU website at






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Posted: 4/4/2018
Application Due: 6/3/2018
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