Job description

Location: Columbia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 35234

Missouri Prevention Science Institute

Senior Research Associate

The Missouri Prevention Science Institute is recruiting for a full-time senior research associate to be the primary data manager across many large-scale community-, agency-, and school-based studies of social, emotional, behavioral, and educational development of youth, adults, and families.

The primary responsibility will be to implement effective data management practices for all projects occurring in the Missouri Prevention Science Institute under the supervision of the Director of Data Strategy. The key responsibilities include:

    Assist with all aspects of data management including documentation (such as creating data dictionaries and codebooks), data cleaning and harmonizing, data validation, and dissemination.Write, update, and maintain data management codeSupervise, assist, and train graduate assistants who are completing data management tasks.Work with full time project coordinators and PIs to gather requirements of projects and advise on best data collection and data management practices, as well asensure compliance with all data regulations and requirements.Attend regular project planning meetingsThere will also be opportunities to prepare research reports, conference presentations, dashboards, and other dissemination activities related to center research activities.Other duties as assigned by Principal Investigators or Director of Data Strategy.
Qualifications The successful candidate will have a master’s degree in psychology, education, public policy or a related field at the time of appointment

Candidates will be evaluated on the following:

Strong organizational and communication skills. Experience in working with diverse educational groups on outreach or research.

Professional skills and experience:

    Experience with educational and behavioral research methods.Familiarity with best practices for structuring and storing data.Experience cleaning, recoding, restructuring and exporting data.Proficiency with a statistical programming language (preferably R).Familiarity with and interest in reproducible research concepts.Preferred but not required: Experience with Qualtrics survey platform and Tableau software.
Interpersonal qualifications:

    A passion for bringing order to large, messy, and complex data files.Acute attention to detail and extremely organized.Ability to prioritize multiple tasks.Proactive problem solver who demonstrates initiative.Resilient and takes ownership of projects (fixes mistakes when they are made).Ability to work independently, actively seek support and assistance when needed.Conscientious, drive to produce the best work.
Application Materials

Apply on-line at Upload (a) a letter of application in which candidates describe in detail their qualifications for the position, and (b) names and contact information for three references in the Attachments section of the application. Your CV must be uploaded in the Resume/CV and Cover Letter section.

Please contact Dr. Keith Herman, Search Committee Chair, [email protected] , or 573-884-2419 for questions about the position

Beginning Review Date: Formal review of applications will begin February 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Other Information This position will be housed with the Missouri Prevention Science Institute (MPSI).

About MPSI: MPSI is a campus Center at the University of Missouri focused on improving the lives of youth, adults, and families through the application of prevention science methods. Faculty members from across campus contribute to the MPSI mission and many full-time and part-time staff and graduate students contribute to these efforts. Annual expenditures for externally funded projects are approximately $5 million with funded projects focused on rigorous evaluation of interventions, training, and public service. Our research portfolio has increased significantly in recent years, and is poised for continued significant strategic growth. MPSI is a leader on the campus and is nationally recognized for its high quality research and innovative intervention development. More information on MPSI can be found at:

About MU and the Surrounding Community: MU is the oldest state university west of the Mississippi River and the largest of the four institutions in the University of Missouri System. In 1848, MU became the first public university in the nation to open a college specific to teacher preparation. Cultural diversity is an important goal supported by the Department, College, and MU. More information is available on the web at:

MU is located in Columbia, a metropolitan community of approximately 130,000 which has been rated by Money Magazine, Men’s Journal and MSN.COM as one of the best places to live in the U.S. MU has a student body of over 34,000, and is designated as a Carnegie Research University with very high research activity. MU is one of only six universities in the U.S. that is both the flagship and land grant institution housing medicine, veterinary medicine, and law on the same campus. As an AAU member institution since 1908, MU is recognized as one of the top research and educational institutions in the nation.

This position provides an opportunity to work at a world-class research university in a beautiful and diverse setting that offers a high quality of life. There are numerous opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and Columbia has been recognized as a bike-friendly community. Both Kansas City and St. Louis are within a 90-minute drive offering the shopping and cultural opportunities of major metropolitan areas. Columbia has a very high quality public school system and provides many opportunities for art, culture and music enthusiasts.

Salary Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Appointment is unranked and non-regular, twelve-month appointment.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Posted: 1/5/2021
Application Due: 2/18/2021
Work Type: Full Time