Research Scientist – RYTE (Multiple positions)

Montclair State University, Institute for Research on Youth Thriving and Evaluation Published: January 30, 2018
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Job Description
The Research Scientist will conduct independent research as a member of the Institute for Research on Youth Thriving and Evaluation (RYTE) at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ, under the supervision of co-Directors Dr. Jennifer Urban & Dr. Miriam Linver ( ( The Research Scientist will work on the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Character Initiative Project (examining the training of adult volunteers, and the character outcomes for youth).

The Research Scientist will take a lead in both the quantitative and qualitative research of the projects. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Lead an effort to develop quantitative and qualitative measures for assessing youth character

Manage a team of phone interviewers conducting interviews with youth and adults
Direct coding and analysis of participant interviews
Assist with quantitative survey analysis, with multiple waves of youth and adult data
Independently manage data and analysis of mixed-methods dataset
Present research findings at national meetings
Publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals
Conduct grant writing and report writing for funders and other external audiences

Performs other duties as assigned.

The position will be located within the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University and the initial appointment will be for 1 year, with an option to renew for a 2nd year. The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position. This position is open for 4 candidates.

Qualifications & Requirements
The successful candidate will be a highly motivated individual able to work efficiently and productively in a fast-paced research environment. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in a social science field with a focus on human development, evaluation, or a related field (e.g., psychology, education, sociology, family science), as determined by the Principal Investigators. As well, candidates must have at least 1 year experience working in a related field post doctorate. Candidates should be able to work independently on project goals, and lead the work of doctoral assistants and graduate assistants. Candidates should also have knowledge of research methods, qualitative data analysis, and quantitative data
analysis. Candidates must also demonstrate enthusiasm for intellectual rigor and engagement; excellent writing ability and publication record; experience working in a team environment; an ability to work both independently and collaboratively; and excellent interpersonal skills. Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience conducting
applied developmental research and/or research on character development programs.
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