Research Scientist

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Hyde Park Campus

12734 Consortium On Chgo School Res.

About the Unit
For over 25 years, the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research (UChicago Consortium) has informed solutions to the most difficult problems facing urban schools. The UChicago Consortium is committed to better understanding the fundamental practices and conditions that advance student learning, promote attainment, and foster more equitable outcomes. We conduct research of high technical quality that informs policy and practice in the Chicago Public Schools, and relevant to schools nationwide. A central component of our work is engaging with a diverse set of stakeholders and stimulating evidence-driven discourse about the vital issues facing schools. The Consortium has a long-standing agreement with CPS and maintains a data archive with detailed records dating back to 1991, allowing for rigorous, detailed studies of policies and practices. The UChicago Consortium has been described as the “gold standard” for education research-practice partnerships and has been replicated nationally. Our research has been an essential factor in improving outcomes for students and school staff in Chicago, and in school districts across the country. For more information about the UChicago Consortium, see

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Job Summary:

UChicago Consortium seeks a Research Scientist to lead quantitative research and evaluation studies inform policy and practice in the Chicago Public Schools. The Consortium is particularly interested in candidates with expertise in teaching and learning, elementary education, or postsecondary education. A successful Research Scientist candidate will have a proven track record of successfully leading research projects, with a quality body of work. She/he will demonstrate expertise with advanced quantitative research methods and be able to communicate complex ideas to a wide variety of audiences. He or she will work with local educational policymakers, school administrators and practitioners, funders, and other researchers. This person should demonstrate the skills necessary to become a leader in the organization.


  • Serve as principal investigator on research projects and be responsible for all aspects of administering and leading research projects.
  • Work with senior leadership to identify and obtain funding sources for projects.
  • Write grants and grant reports.
  • Apply rigorous quantitative methods to research studies and provide advice on methods to colleagues.
  • Engage and communicate with a wide range of educational stakeholders.
  • Produce manuscripts for publication in academic journals and Consortium reports.
  • Supervise and mentor junior staff.
  • Develop ongoing relationships with partners, including funders, policymakers, individuals in Chicago schools, the University of Chicago, and state and national educational research organizations.
  • Be an intellectual leader and have a leadership role in the organization.

  • Advanced research techniques or methods
  • Advanced skills in the use of statistical software (such as SAS or Stata or R)
  • Passion for improving educational outcomes and supporting actionable uses of research evidence.
  • Commitment to understanding and improving outcomes for students of all backgrounds and experiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work independently, in collaboration as a team member, and in a supervisory role.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Doctoral degree in education, public policy, economics, sociology, psychology or other relevant social science or mathematical discipline required.

  • At least six years of related experience in education research, policy and practice.
  • Authorship of publications (books, articles, reports or book chapters) that have been cited by other scholars.
  • Experience supervising junior research staff.
  • Experience managing research projects.

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Writing Sample

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

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Depends on Qualifications

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Job No:
Posted: 11/9/2018
Application Due: 1/8/2019
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