Senior Research Specialist - Quantitative

Job description

Title:Senior Research Specialist - Quantitative Job Category:Academic Professional Location:Chicago Description:

Senior Research Specialist - Quantitative

Discovery Partners Institute

University of Illinois System - Chicago

The Illinois Workforce and Education Research Collaborative (IWERC) is seeking an experienced quantitative researcher to contribute to an exciting new initiative that will help solve applied problems in Illinois education and workforce development. This position is a great fit for a seasoned quantitative researcher/data analyst who would like to develop as a project leader in education research. The position will provide rich opportunities for rigorous applied research, community engagement, collaboration with Illinois education and workforce leaders, publication, and interdisciplinary, multi-institutional project partnerships. It is expected that a successful candidate for this position could eventually assume an Assistant or Associate Director position at IWERC.


Additional responsibilities include:


  • Manage data sharing and analysis of data from the Illinois Longitudinal Data System (ILDS), a large, longitudinal data set of education and workforce indicators in Illinois. Acquire access to necessary data, organize it for use by IWERC, and manage all data sharing relationships.
  • Conduct necessary and appropriate quantitative analyses.
  • Replicate, refine and add new research approaches based on project needs. Test, customize and implement new methods, procedures and techniques.
  • Generate research questions and analytic plans for projects related to the ILDS data.
  • Create new projects and proposals (including data collection, analytic, and staff plans) related to the broader IWERC mission.


  • Write successful funding proposals for projects related to the ILDS and IWERC's mission.
  • Present practical results in a clear, creative, and accessible fashion to practitioners, community partners, and education/workforce leaders.
  • Disseminate research findings via academic conferences and in scholarly publications.
  • Contribute to the overall vision and success of the IWERC team, including participating in direction-setting for the team's portfolio of work, collaborating with other team members on projects, providing hard feedback to team members, and assisting with development efforts.

Staff Management

  • Supervise and mentor junior research specialists in collecting and managing data, conducting analyses, engaging in ethical and collaborative relationships with participants, and disseminating results.

Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.


Candidates must possess a Master's degree (required) or Ph.D. (preferred) in Public Policy, Economics, Statistics, or a related field with a quantitative emphasis with 4+ years (with Master's) or 2+ years (with Ph.D.) of experience in managing and analyzing large-scale data sets in academia (outside of graduate school) or industry. Required qualifications include: demonstrable experience applying advanced statistical methods (e.g., multilevel modeling) to research projects on workforce and/or education issues; strong writing skills; experience writing publication-quality research manuscripts; deep commitment to furthering equity and diversity in professional work and research projects; interest in doing applied research that investigates field-initiated issues and directly serves community partners; ability to be a self-starter, taking initiative in developing new lines of research and collaboration; comfortable working collaboratively, contributing to a collective vision, and giving/receiving hard, actionable feedback; history of being highly ethical in professional conduct, research conduct, and interactions with internal and external colleagues and partners. Preferred qualifications include: additional experience with data science techniques (e.g., data visualization, network analysis, clustering); experience writing grant proposals; experience conducting research related to equity and diversity in workforce/education context; experience working with community partners on research.

This is a full-time, 12-month Academic Professional position. For full consideration, candidates must apply and submit a letter of application, resume, and names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references by November 30, 2020 at

The System Office conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit

System Human Resource Services
(312) 996-5130
[email protected]

The System Office is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a community of excellence, equity and diversity. The System Offices welcome applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, sexual minority groups and other candidates who will lead and contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives.

Close Date:11/30/2020




Diversity Profile: University



View more

Learn more on Inside Higher Ed's College Page for University

Arrow pointing right
Job No:
Posted: 10/30/2020
Application Due: 11/30/2020
Work Type: Full Time