Post-Doctoral Research

Location
Chapel Hill, Orange County
Posted
May 15, 2014
Position Type
Postdoc

Department: Public Policy

Application Deadline: 06/20/2014

Position Summary: The Education Policy Initiative at Carolina in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks an outstanding scholar for a post-doc position to begin spring, 2014. Applicants must have a strong record of quantitative research relevant to issues in education and education policy and collaborating with others to produce high impact scientific research. Expertise in education policy is preferred as well as knowledge of quantitative methods including categorical data analysis, propensity score matching, multi-level modeling, psychometric methods, regression discontinuity, structural equation modeling, and/or time series analysis. Successful applicants will be expected to undertake ongoing research including evaluation studies of several Race to the Top initiatives as well as maintaining an independent program of research that attracts extra-mural support, and supervising and mentoring graduate students and undergraduate students. Our strong preference is for a candidate who has experience with developing and executing research plans, crafting reports, and proficiency in Stata or other statistical software. The successful candidate will show clear evidence of potential to provide intellectual leadership in applying quantitative methods to education policy problems.

Education Requirements: Ph.D. in Public Policy, Statistics, Economics, Sociology or other social science discipline with a strong background in longitudinal data analysis, rigorous research design and implementation, and statistics or econometrics.

Qualification and Experience: The research statistician must be experienced in working as a collaborator with researchers and must have a comprehensive knowledge of applied behavioral statistics, research design, causal inference, and longitudinal data analysis. Other experience should include coordinating the statistical and data management components of multiple research projects simultaneously. Proficient computer skills including, SAS/STATA/SPSS. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to present findings to a variety of audiences required. Experience in education policy research and program evaluation is preferred. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Applicants should show evidence of outstanding research and teaching potential. Successful applicants will be expected to contribute to ongoing evaluation projects, establish/maintain an independent program of research that can attract extramural support, and supervise and mentor graduate students.

Department Contact Name and Title: Mary Leigh Creedon-Business Officer

Department Contact Telephone Number or Email: llmary@email.unc.edu