Research Scientist

University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Research
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Posted on July 6, 2020
Req #: 180459
Department: College of Education
Appointing Department Web Address:
Job Location: Other Location
Posting Date: 07/06/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is Competitive. Salary is Commensurate Upon Qualifications and Experience. 
Shift: First Shift 

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The UW College of Education believes that an effective public education system for a diverse citizenry is the cornerstone of democracy. To that end, we dedicate our resources toward making an excellent education a daily reality for every student in every community across this state and country.

The College of Education is seeking a Temporary Full Time Research Scientist for its Education Policy Analytics Lab (EPAL). This is a temporary, one-year appointment. The position is based in Austin, Texas; however, the PI would consider applicants who would work remotely from a location outside of Austin, Texas. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Spencer Foundation.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Reporting to the PI, David Knight, the Research Scientist will contribute to a research project that draws on the University of Texas at Austin Education Research Center (ERC) datasets. The ERC provides access to a longitudinal student-level data covering all K-12 and postsecondary students in Texas for a 20-year period and follows students into the labor force. The research project examines the teacher labor market in Texas and the effect of Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Academies and Early College High Schools on teacher staffing patterns and on students’ educational and labor market outcomes. In addition to conducting analysis for these studies, the Research Scientist would have the opportunity to develop their own research project using ERC data.

Minimum Requirements:

A PhD in economics, educational policy, or a related field and at least three years of related experience as a graduate research assistant or similar role conducting quantitative research.

In addition, the ideal candidate will have experience working with educational administrative data, especially statewide longitudinal data systems, ability to understand and convey results of quantitative analyses, and demonstrated ability to work on a research study from initial data cleaning to final analysis.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter, and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

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The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or