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Quantitative Research Scientist

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The Office of Educational Assessment at the University of Washington (Seattle) is seeking a Quantitative Research Scientist.

To submit a formal application for this position, please visit https://uwhires.admin.washington.edu/ENG/candidates/default.cfm?szCategory=jobprofile&szOrderID=168591

Applications received by 07/11/2019 will receive priority consideration.

Job Duties

The Quantitative Research Scientist, as a member of the research and assessment team of OEA, will take primary responsibility for one or more specific projects while playing a supportive role for others. Specifically, this individual will serve as the primary researcher for quantitative and survey research in OEA, including conducting large-scale assessment surveys for UW, undertaking original research utilizing a combination of survey, institutional, and other quantitative data, and supporting other OEA program areas that rely on quantitative measurement, analysis, and interpretation (e.g., IASystem Course Evaluations, ScorePak scanning and scoring services, UW Testing Center).

This researcher is involved in all aspects of ongoing projects including identifying and defining research questions, developing overall research strategies, creating and administering surveys, creating protocols, and analyzing and reporting quantitative data. Project management is an important aspect of this position, including networking with potential clients, effective communication with existing clients, accurate estimation and monitoring of costs and researcher time, and documentation of project activities. This individual will also represent OEA to both internal and external clients.

We seek competitive applications from individuals who fully embrace the University of Washington's commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to building and supporting a diverse and inclusive work team and to bringing these core values into our daily work with students, faculty, staff, and the communities in which and with whom we work.

Responsibilities

The majority of the work for the Research Scientist involves conducting research projects for clients and the university, including project development, management, planning, implementation, and reporting.

Additionally, the Research Scientist is expected to remain current on educational research/higher education trends and engage in administrative activities within OEA and the larger UW community.

Job Qualifications

Qualifications

Minimum/Required

Education:           Master’s Degree in Education, Psychology, or other relevant social science field

Experience:        Two to three years of experience in post-secondary research or assessment

Qualifications:   Exceptional communication, presentation, and writing skills. 

Demonstrated excellence in quantitative research and data analysis skills, including expertise in multivariate statistics and survey construction and administration.

Proficiency in at least one statistical analysis software (e.g., SPSS, R, STATA, SAS).

Proficiency in Qualtrics survey software or equivalent

Desired

Education:           Doctorate Degree in Education, Psychology, or other relevant social science field

Experience:        Three to five years of experience in post-secondary research or assessment

Qualifications:   Working knowledge of applied psychometrics and other measurement theories (e.g., item response theory)

Proficiency utilizing transactional databases (e.g., SQL)

College-level teaching or administrative experience

Demonstrated deep understanding of higher education literature related to teaching and learning

Demonstrated commitment to and experience related to UAA’s core competencies: accountability and integrity; race, equity, and difference; constituent focus; collaboration and teamwork

Institution Description

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. 

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for five consecutive years. 

Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) shapes, advances and stewards a world-class undergraduate academic experience for students at the University of Washington (UW). Staff, faculty and students in UAA deepen and enrich the learning experience for all undergraduates, recognizing and supporting the unique learning path of each individual student and the commitment of each academic program to excellence in learning and teaching.

As part of UAA, the Office of Educational Assessment (OEA) at the UW provides a variety of assessment-related services to faculty and departments at UW and other institutions. Services include providing ongoing assistance to faculty and administrators in using assessment to improve teaching and learning, coordinating institution-wide course evaluations, scoring classroom tests, and administering placement and certification exams. OEA assessment staff support institution-wide assessment of teaching and learning at the UW by 1) consulting with UW faculty, administrators, and staff to improve assessment processes within academic and student support units; 2) carrying out applied quantitative and qualitative studies at the request of faculty and administrators; 3) conducting original research supporting improvement of teaching and learning at the UW and elsewhere; 4) developing systems and applications supporting essential assessment functions; and 5) coordinating assessment efforts across UW academic and student support units. Additionally, program evaluation services are provided for both university and outside programs to inform program implementation, document progress towards program goals, and identify and measure program outcomes. These areas differ in their focus, but OEA research staff work collaboratively across all areas.

Benefits

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  
For detailed information on Benefits for this position, visit https://hr.uw.edu/benefits/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2017/06/BAAG-Acad-Prof-Librarian.pdf
Application Due Date: 2019-09-01
Job Start Date: 2019-09-03
Salary: $82000 - $87000
City: Seattle
State/Province/Region: WA
Institution: University of Washington
Reports To: Director of the Office of Educational Assessment
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Office of Educational Assessment

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