Research Associate - Poverty Center

Research Associate 


Working with a very high degree of independence, this Research Associate position is responsible for serving as a researcher and data analyst for the Poverty Center. This position has leadership responsibility for sustaining our relationships with community partners, and responsibilities include community responsive analytics design, data processing, and statistical and spatial analytics. The Research Associate will be a member of several project teams, and will play a major role with the integrated data systems housed at the Center. Key aspects of the position are to assure data quality and timely production of Center products that rely on data, facilitating teamwork and prepare high-quality products.

Additionally, the Research Associate will take leadership in study design, preparation of reports, and communication of findings to various internal and external audiences.

The Research Associate will represent the Center to the community and make presentations at conferences and other networking/dissemination opportunities.



  1. Develop and manage data sets and carry out statistical analysis methods in collaboration with Poverty Center staff
  2. Plan and design studies with a particular emphasis on community responsiveness, data quality and usefulness in collaboration with Poverty Center staff.
  3. Serve as Co-PI/Co-I or a key researcher on funded projects
  4. Create proposals and fulfill grant reporting, in collaboration with Poverty Center staff.
  5. Prepare reports for funders and for publication.
  6. Training and supervision of other key department staff as directed.



Supervise student employee(s)

Aid in creating public-facing communications about Poverty Center projects.

Perform other duties as assigned.



Support the work of other research staff and undergraduate and graduate students.



Experience:  At least five years of experience in a social science, education, or public policy research environments, including experience in research design, database management, and statistical analysis. Experience with large social science data files such as vital statistics, public assistance records and census data files required. Strong proficiency in data analysis, query writing (i.e., SQL or techniques), and using data management/ statistical analysis software (i.e., SPSS, SAS, R, ArcGIS) highly preferred.

Education/Licensing: Master’s Degree in a social science or related field required.



  1. Outstanding organizational and time management skills, strong work ethic and strong quantitative and programing skills.
  2. Proficiency in the use of SAS, R, SQL, or Java related languages for managing and using extremely large databases.
  3. Demonstrated experience working with complex, cross-sectional and longitudinal datasets in the social and behavioral sciences, such as vital statistics, public assistance records and census data files, as well as knowledge of research methodology, principles and procedures for statistical analysis.
  4. Experience with ArcGIS or other GIS packages, office support software (i.e., Adobe, Microsoft Office Suite), relational database software/applications, and web-based project management and file sharing platforms (i.e., Box, Dropbox, etc.).
  5. Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, in a small team environment to accomplish goals
  6. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  7. Proven ability to form productive relationships with community constituents.
  8. Strong team building skills and effective presentation skills.
  9. Experience with writing reports for public distribution.



Works in an office setting. Local travel is necessary. 


Send cover letter and resume to Meghan Salas Atwell,