Assistant Research Professor

Updated: 8 months ago
Location: Kansas City, KANSAS
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Bureau of Child Research

Position Overview

The Research Design and Analysis Unit of the Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas seeks an Assistant Research Professor to provide statistical analysis and grant preparation expertise as a member of research teams.  The LSI is one of the largest human development and intellectual disabilities research centers in the country and its mission is to find research-based solutions for the challenges of human and community development, disabilities, and aging.

Job Description

35% Research Design and Statistical Activities : Provide statistical-analysis expertise as a PI or member of a research team associated with the Life Span Institute.
Specific statistical activities may include any of the following:

  • Select appropriate statistical techniques.
  • Assume full responsibility for the statistical analyses required for a particular study and document the analytic approach and results.
  • Provide training in statistical methodology and data management strategies as appropriate for researchers and graduate students.
  • Develop and conduct research on appropriate statistical techniques to be used with nonstandard research designs.
  • Prepare statistical methods and results sections for manuscripts submitted for publication or for presentations for conferences or other professional meetings.
35% Grant Preparation Activities :

Serve as a PI or member of a research team associated with the Life Span Institute. Specific activities may include any of the following:

  • Consult with research team in order to select appropriate research designs and statistical techniques.
  • Perform power calculations and select appropriate sampling methods.
  • Assist with preparation of research questions, methods, and analysis sections of grant proposals. Often this will include composing the research questions and writing the entire proposed methods and analysis plan.
  • Prepare and submit grant applications related to methodological issues (i.e. statistics and research design).
 20 % Establish/continue a quantitative research program and stay current with advances in statistical techniques:
  • Publish in peer-reviewed journals, disseminate findings at appropriate conferences or professional meetings, and apply for grants as appropriate.
  • Read and review published research on statistical methodologies/applications.
  • Participate in the RDA study groups and working groups.
  • Attend appropriate workshops and lectures on quantitative topics.
10% Provide service to the profession, university, and community/public service:
  • Engage and participate in community, state, and national meetings.
  • Consult with graduate and post-doctoral students on statistical techniques.
  • Serve as a peer reviewer for journals as requested.

Required Qualifications

1. Doctoral degree in quantitative methods in Educational Research, Psychology, or other related social or behavioral science field.
2. Training in one of the following advanced statistical methods: multilevel analyses or structural equation modeling as evidenced by application materials.
3. At least 2 years data analysis experience with research databases as evidenced by application materials.
4. At least 2 years experience with a major statistical package such as SAS, SPSS, or R as evidenced by application materials.
5. Experience in writing statistical methods and analysis sections for grant submissions as evidenced by application materials.  

Preferred Qualifications

1. Training in each of the following advanced statistical methods: multilevel analyses and structural equation modeling.
2. Experience conducting multivariate or multi-level statistical analyses in academic databases.
3. Demonstrated ability to work independently.
4. Demonstrated ability to work well with a wide variety of clients.
5. Publication record demonstrating ability to perform advanced statistical analyses.  

Contact Information to Applicants

Jennifer Myers

Additional Candidate Instruction

A complete online application includes a cover letter, CV and contact information for 3 professional references.
Application deadline is October 11th. For first consideration, please apply before that date.

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Conditions of Employment

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Research Design and Analysis Unit

Work Location

University of Kansas - Lawrence

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Employee Class

A-Unclassified Academic Staff


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