Lovett Hall PictureThe Kinder Institute for Urban Research is a multi-disciplinary “think-and-do tank” housed on the Rice University campus in central Houston, focusing on urban issues in Houston, the American Sunbelt, and around the world.

Under the supervision of the program director, the staff researcher will be primarily responsible for conducting research and producing work products that are a part of the overall Development, Transportation, and Placemaking (DTP) work program.

The staff researcher will focus on a variety of issues associated with development, housing, resilience and transportation in Houston, the greater metropolitan region, and in cities across the nation. Examples of this work may include housing studies focused both on the built environment and the individual residents, transportation surveys and network analyses, and work around green space and urban development. The day-to-day work of the staff researcher will consist of the collection, synthesis, and presentation of data and research. The staff researcher will work with relevant Kinder Institute staff both on the presentation of salient data and on the writing of connected reports.

The staff researcher will conduct assigned research assignments and produce final work products within the project’s specified timeline. The staff researcher will assist the program director in shaping the program’s overall research agenda and approach.

In the course of research, the staff researcher may be asked to join the program director for meetings with partner organizations and government representatives, and assist the program director and the Kinder Institute’s senior editor with the dissemination of research.

This position is funded by a research grant and is dependent on a continuation of grant funding.

Education Required: Bachelor’s Degree

Urban planning, public policy, urban studies, economics, sociology, political science, data science, or another related field.

Substitution for Education Requirement
Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.

Education Preferred
Master’s degree in urban planning, public policy, urban studies, economics, sociology, political science, data science, or another related field

Experience Required: 3 years

Type of Experience
Experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research and producing research reports.

Substitution for Experience Requirement
Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.

Experience Preferred
Work as a researcher in a team environment.

License/Certification Required
Valid Texas Driver’s License (or ability to obtain within 30 days of employment) required with no more than three moving violations within the past 36 months and no convictions or deferred dispositions for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) within the past five years.

Skills Required
Excellent analytical and research skills
Ability to build reports
Excellent presentation skills
Excellent written and oral communication (including proofreading) as well as interpersonal and telephone skills
Knowledge of statistical software such as STATA, SPSS, or R
Must have a mature attitude and be capable of using good judgment to make decisions
Skills Preferred
Ability to collect, organize, and manage large amounts of data, both quantitative and qualitative
Ability to complete multiple concurrent work assignments, set priorities and solve problems while encountering interruptions in a fast-paced environment and maintaining composure and concentration
Ability to manage time and to prioritize tasks independent of supervisor
Willingness to assist in projects dealing with subjects outside of a current field of expertise
Excellent time management and organizational skills
Ability to work independently and on a team and be flexible
Willingness to undertake projects that require the acquisition of additional knowledge or skills
Willingness to participate in projects that involve community engagement and outside of the office research
Internal / External Contacts
Internal Contacts: Regular contact with Rice faculty staff and students.

External Contacts: Regular contact with Kinder Institute internal/external community members and donors.

Physical Demands
Sitting for long periods of time at a computer.

Working Conditions
Weekend and evening work is rare and only to meet occasional critical deadlines.

Essential Personnel
Position is not considered essential during a campus emergency.

Rice University Standard of Civility
Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.

Security Sensitive
As defined under the Texas Education Code and Rice Policy No. 425, this position is security sensitive and employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Special Instructions to Applicants
No phone calls, please.

Apply online via RiceWorks, submit resume, and cover letter.

Essential Functions
Participates in the design, planning, and implementation of research projects and data analysis
Identifies, locates and obtains data/information
Utilizes statistical software to quantify data
Designs database models
Builds automated reporting solutions
Manipulates and cleans-up data
Completes data analysis
Reports research findings
Ensures information presented is valid and accurate
Develops presentations and reports
Performs all other duties as assigned

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