Post-Doc Research Associate
Posting DetailsPosting Summary LogoPosting NumberTMP00738PO19Classification TitleResearch Specialist IIIAdvertised TitlePost-Doc Research AssociateCampusColumbiaCollege/DivisionDivision of Student Affairs and Academic SupportDepartmentSAAS U101 and National Resource CenterSalary$45,000Location of VacancyPart/Full TimeFull TimeHours per Week37.5Work Schedule
Standard working schedule: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the department.
The University of South Carolina System is comprised of the state's flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 "Best Colleges" according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities (USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate), and Palmetto College consisting of four two-year campuses (USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, USC Union and Fort Jackson/Extended University). Together, the USC System institutions offer more than 450 degree programs on campus and online and are uniquely positioned to meet the state's educational, cultural, health and research needs. The System employs nearly 14,000 people who work daily to improve the lives of students, fellow South Carolinians and the world. Our diverse engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment.Benefits for Temporary Positions
The University of South Carolina (UofSC), through the State of SC and Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA), offers temporary employees expected to work at least 30 hours per week health and life insurance, flexible spending accounts and retirement programs. To learn more about UofSC benefits, access the benefits section on the Applicant Portal.Position Description Advertised Job Summary
The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to support the Research, Grants, and Assessment area of the Center. The postdoctoral research associate will work closely with Center staff to carry out projects related to the Center’s original research agenda and grant-seeking activities. We are particularly interested in applications from candidates with strong quantitative research skills, as well as proficiency in qualitative and mixed methods research. Moreover, we seek candidates who have: experience studying educational interventions, an understanding of the theoretical foundations of student transition programs, and familiarity with the knowledge base around success and transition factors for a wide variety of student populations including students from racial and ethnic groups; first generation and low-income students; and students at various points in higher education such as first-year, sophomore, transfer, senior, and/or graduate students.
The postdoctoral research associate will involve survey planning, data analysis, regularly attending planning and project meetings, and writing up results for both practitioner and research venues. The Center’s current research plan includes national surveys on senior capstone experiences and first-year experience programs as well as a coordinated international survey on peer leaders including sites in six countries.
Ideal candidates will:
•Have experience conducting rigorous, high quality and meaningful research;
•Possess advanced quantitative skills (e.g., structural equation modeling, confirmatory factor analyses, etc.) and qualitative skills;
•Work with Center staff and communicate and collaborate with the larger network of the National Resource Center;
•Publish academic articles and reports related to the research of the National Resource Center; and
•Translate research findings into publications and presentations useful for practitioner audiences
Building upon its history of excellence as the founder and leader of the first-year experience movement, the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition serves education professionals by supporting and advancing efforts to improve student learning and transitions into and through higher education. We achieve this mission by providing opportunities for the exchange of practical and scholarly information as well as the discussion of trends and issues in our field through the convening of conferences and other professional development events such as institutes, workshops, and online learning opportunities; publication of scholarly practice books, research reports, a peer-reviewed journal, electronic newsletters, and guides; generating, supporting, and disseminating research and scholarship; hosting visiting scholars; and maintaining several online channels for resource sharing and communication, including a dynamic website, listservs, and social media outlets.
We believe that good practice in higher education must rely upon a foundation of high-quality research. Conversely, good research draws from and informs practices in our field. As such, the work of the National Resource Center advances and supports both scholarly practice and applied research. Thus, we seek individuals who are not only interested in conducting rigorous research but who are also committed to the connection between research and practice.
The postdoctoral position will begin in August of 2019. It is a temporary, fixed-term, two-year position. The candidate should have a PhD by the time of employment. The candidate will also have active mentoring opportunities from the National Resource Center and the University of South Carolina through conferences and professional development workshops.Qualifications
Have experience conducting rigorous, high quality and meaningful research.
Ability to work with Center staff and communicate and collaborate with the larger network of the National Resource Center.
Writing skills that will lead to publication or academic articles and reports related to the research of the National Resource Center.
Ability to translate research findings into publications and presentations useful for practitioner audiences.
Possess advanced quantitative skills (e.g., structural equation modeling, confirmatory factor analyses, etc.) and qualitative skills.
Highly developed analytical and writing skills to conduct research and produce reports.
Strong written and oral communications skills.Posting Detail Information Number of Vacancies1Desired Start Date08/01/2019Proposed End DateJob Open Date05/30/2019Job Close DateOpen Until FilledNoSpecial Instructions to Applicant
Applicants should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, one sample publication, and contact information for three references. Applications should be submitted through the USC Jobs portal. Please direct inquiries to Dallin George Young, Assistant Director for Research, Grants, and Assessment at the following e-mail: [email protected]
Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.Quicklink for Postinghttp://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/57720EEO Statement
The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, protected veteran status or genetics.Position Attributes Position Attributes Hazardous weather categoryNon-EssentialSafety/Security Sensitive or Requires a CDLNoSupplemental Questions
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