Call for Applications: Quantitative Social and/or Behavioral Research Scientist (Global TIES for Children, NYU)

Seeking applicants available for a 3+ year commitment, renewed annually contingent on funding availability, satisfactory performance, and observance of all applicable NYU Steinhardt and NYU policies.   

About Global TIES for Children

At New York University’s Global TIES for Children we design, evaluate and advise on programs and policies to improve the lives of children and youth in the most vulnerable regions across the globe. Led by University Professors Larry Aber and Hiro Yoshikawa, we work with some of the world’s leading non-governmental organizations and with governments in low-income and conflict-affected countries on developing and evaluating innovative approaches to promoting the health, education, and social development of children and their communities. Together with our key strategic partner organizations, our work leverages cutting-edge scientific methods and interdisciplinary collaboration to:

  • Generate actionable evidence to promote child and youth development by conducting and evaluating powerful strategies to transform relevant “social settings” (i.e., classrooms, schools, families, communities, etc.) that are key drivers of children’s learning and well-being;
  • Communicate actionable evidence by engaging diverse stakeholders across sectors and regions and disseminating a rigorous evidence base to inform program and policy decisions for children and youth in low-income and conflict-affected countries; and
  • Build human, administrative, and institutional capacity for a robust global science and practice through the provision of professional development and training activities.

Current projects include impact evaluations and implementation science of primary education interventions for refugee and displaced populations in Lebanon, Niger and Sierra Leone (3EA: partnership with the International Rescue Committee); assessing quality of classrooms and linking quality to learning (partnerships in Ghana, Uganda, Colombia, and Peru); evaluating early childhood development programs across mass media, home and center models in the Syrian Refugee Response Region (Sesame Seeds: partnership with Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee); and across these projects, the measurement of child and youth socio-emotional, executive function, language and numeracy skills.

Position Summary

Global TIES for Children seeks to recruit two Quantitative Social and/or Behavioral Research Scientists to join and support various projects.  The research scientists will join over a half dozen other doctoral-level researchers and a growing group of core faculty who design, conduct and disseminate the results of research designed to help improve intervention effectiveness and scale for children in low-income and conflict-affected countries.  We are seeking candidates with strong quantitative skills in areas of measurement modeling, multi-level modeling and causal inference to support large-scale multi-country program evaluation and measurement initiatives.

The currently active initiatives at the center in need of analysis support include:

Education in Emergencies: Evidence for Action (3EA): https://Steinhardt.nyu.edu/global-ties/3EA

Sesame Seeds: https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/site/ataglance/2017/12/macarthur100andchange.html

Both research scientists will be mentored by Center co-Directors, Professors Aber and Yoshikawa. For project-specific activities, the research scientists will report to the respective Project Directors. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with the center’s affiliate faculty in Applied Psychology (Professors Alejandro Ganimian and Edward Seidman) and in Applied Statistics (Professors Peter Halpin and Jennifer Hill); and collaborate intensively with the other doctoral-level Research Scientists at Global TIES and with key strategic partners.  We seek a candidate who can benefit from and contribute to a highly collaborative work environment.  In turn, we seek to provide the successful candidates with the opportunity to prepare and publish articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals both as a first author and as a co-author. In addition, Global TIES for Children – New York University offers professional development opportunities to affiliate with and learn from several other major research enterprises, most notably: the Institute for Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC); the Program for Research Improvements in Statistical Methodology (PRIISM, including Professors Jennifer Hill and Marc Scott); and the Division of Social Sciences at NYU Abu Dhabi.

 

Responsibilities

The primary responsibilities include:

  • Planning, conducting, documenting and presenting analyses evaluating: (a) the causal impact of programs on children’s learning and development; and (b) multi-level change processes (e.g., mediation) over time. Experience in the context of a range of experimental and quasi-experimental designs is preferred.
  • Planning, conducting, documenting and presenting psychometric analyses (e.g., factor analysis and item response theory), including analyses related to item quality, rater performance, differential item functioning, reliability, standard setting, equating, scoring, and reporting. Experience with such analyses on measures related to child, youth, and adult learning and development; and contexts of development (e.g., school or classroom quality; community or network contexts; program implementation indicators) is preferred.
  • Investigating and evaluating new approaches to conducting psychometric, sociometric and/or impact analyses that are suitable for applications in international, cross-cultural contexts. Experience conducting research in culturally diverse settings is preferred.
  • Establishing and monitoring quality control procedures related to quantitative analyses, from data cleaning to statistical programming to final report, ensuring the reliability and integrity of results.
  • Conducting research and special analyses and contributing to the development of data interpretation, materials and publications.
  • Supporting a team of pre- and post-doctoral research scientists in conducting data analyses, and providing statistical guidance, support and training as needed.
  • Contributing to the educational measurement and impact evaluation communities via professional presentations or publications related to independent or organizational research.
  • Publishing work in peer-reviewed journals and policy briefs.

 

 

Qualifications

Ph.D. in Education Policy, Public Policy or Policy Analysis, International Education, Human Development, Statistics (including applied statistics and biostatistics), Psychological Measurement, Educational Measurement, Psychometrics, or related social and/or behavioral science field with an emphasis on evaluation and quantitative analysis, and/or psychometrics and sociometrics.

  • Competence with topics in program evaluation, especially in the design and analysis of cluster randomized control trials, multilevel modeling, and/or international development research.
  • Strong background in developmental and/or educational assessment and measurement, and/or in psychological assessment, including a well-developed understanding of issues of reliability, validity and other quantitative concepts of test and assessment quality.
  • Excellent computer programming skills, especially with Stata, R, and specialized software for psychometric and/or sociometric research (e.g., Mplus, IRT PRO).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work closely and successfully with individuals from a variety of professional, educational and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to work independently on most aspects of statistical analyses, while incorporating instruction and guidance from senior researchers.

Application Instructions

The position could begin as soon as July 2, 2018. The position will be based in New York City at the Institute of Human Development and Social Change, New York University. Salary level is competitive and commensurate with amount and quality of experience.

To Apply:

  • Visit: https://apply.interfolio.com/50092
  • Required documents to be submitted via NYU’s Interfolio Portal:
    • Current CV/Resume
    • Statement of Interest
    • 2 professional letters of reference and contact information (full name, contact number and email address)
    • 1 writing sample (ideally, a paper in a peer-reviewed publication)
  • Applications will begin to be reviewed on April 30, 2018.

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