Assistant Research Scientist-APRIES

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Posting NumberF0635PWorking TitleAssistant Research Scientist-APRIESDepartmentVPR-Owens Inst Behavioral RschAbout the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

OIBR stimulates, supports, and sustains innovation and infrastructure in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Our impact lies in the fact that we catalyze high-impact multi-disciplinary research. The mission of OIBR addresses the world’s most pressing health, economic, social, educational, and policy challenges through the facilitation and promotion of social and behavioral science research.

College/Unit/Department websitewww.oibr.uga.eduPosting TypeExternalRetirement PlanTRS or ORPEmployment TypeEmployeeBenefits EligibilityBenefits EligibleUnderutilizationAdvertised Salary$85,000Anticipated Start Date04/01/2020Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings)Job Posting Date01/29/2020Job Closing DateOpen until filledYesSpecial Instructions to Applicants

Required documents include the following:
Cover Letter
List of References with Contact Information

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Location of VacancyAthens Area EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Position Details

Classification TitleResearcher ACFLSAFaculty RankAssistant Research ScientistContract TypeFiscal (12 mo.)Tenure StatusNon-Tenure TrackMinimum Qualifications

Terminal degree awarded in the discipline

Position Summary

This position, funded by the U.S. State Department, will use data science to strengthen research processes, findings, and analysis for a five-year project on human trafficking in multiple countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The goals of the APRIES project are to establish baseline estimates of human trafficking in the selected countries in sub-Saharan Africa, contract with community agencies to administer programs to combat trafficking in these countries, and conduct monitoring and evaluation of these programs.

The APRIES Assistant Research Scientist will provide expertise in data science to develop and revise robust, scalable quantitative methodologies to examine data from APRIES research findings. This position will also work collaboratively across the project team, located in multiple countries including the USA, UK, and Uganda, to develop and utilize scalable and robust quantitative research methods.

Additional Requirements

PhD in data science, statistics, or related social science field.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

3 or more years of experience with hidden populations research methods (e.g. Respondent Driven Sampling, Network Scale-Up Method, Multiple Systems Estimation; link-tracing sampling; probability-based sampling); experience working in or with international NGOs, e.g. USAID experience.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Expert knowledge of programming languages (such as Python, R, and/or SQL).
Advanced data visualization and presentation skills.
A deep understanding of modern statistical and machine learning models, when to apply them, and how to evaluate their performance.
Ability to use a number of different data sets and develop models to extract insights.
Ability to use data mining practices to analyze data sets.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with domestic and international partners.
Excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills.
Demonstrates professional behavior.
Exhibits a high level of initiative.
Ability to work independently and with multiple partners and stakeholders.
Ability to plan and implement required project responsibilities.

Physical DemandsIs this a Position of Trust?NoDoes this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?NoDoes this position require a P-Card? NoIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? NoIs driving a responsibility of this position?Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?NoDoes this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)NoCredit and P-Card policy

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Research and Data Analysis – Conduct advanced analytics activities leveraging statistical models, machine learning models, simulation, optimization, and other techniques to deliver insights into APRIES research findings. Work with project team in efforts to develop scalable and robust quantitative research methods. Work with large data sets. Design, implement, and interpret the results of new experiments and studies. Refine existing data sources where needed. Stay up-to-date on the relevant academic literatures in order to produce cutting-edge analysis.

Percentage Of Time90Duties/Responsibilities

Design and write reports based on data analysis.

Percentage Of Time10Posting Specific Questions

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    Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
    1. Resume/CV
    2. Cover Letter
    3. List of References with Contact Information
    Optional Documents




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      Posted: 3/1/2020
      Application Due: 11/27/2020
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