Center for Urban Studies, a research center located within Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, seeks an analyst highly experienced in statistical analysis and research methodology to serve as a Research Associate.

Responsibilities of Research Associate

  • Provide statistical expertise in multiple dimensions including: application of cutting-edge statistical technology and methodology to broader practice; lead in the development of innovative protocol designs and statistical analysis plans in real world settings; and provide consulting and statistical direction on priority projects.
  • Provide research designs along with appropriate statistics approaches for proposed and existing projects within the Center; work independently or with key staff to design cutting edge research in key areas of the Center’s work. Assist in seeking funding for that research.
  • Keep current with advances in statistics and methodology; maintain proficiency in applying new and varied methods; and be competent in justifying methods selected. Conduct literature reviews and remain current with technical and scientific literature in statistics and other related fields.
  • Provide sound peer-review of work products from other statistical colleagues, including research design, and advise others on technical aspects.
  • Identify appropriate and innovative statistical methods for data analysis, authoring the corresponding sections of the protocol, and conducting the actual analysis once a reporting database is created.
  • Collaborate with others regarding data management, and in the planning and implementation of data quality assurance plans.
  • Assume the lead role in producing reports or other deliverable documents to fulfill contracts, and prepare and deliver presentations to policy-making bodies and professional organizations.
  • Actively participate in proposal grant-writing activities, including designing research methods, power analysis, data analysis plan, and drafting substantive elements of proposals (needs, significance, project design and/or evaluation, etc.).
  • Prepare articles for consideration in refereed journals on an ongoing basis.
  • Supervise junior staff and work with faculty/researchers involved in projects.
  • Prepare regular updates to Center Director and Managing Director.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in statistics or in the quantitative aspects of social science research (including political science, public administration, demography, education, geography, psychology, public health, social work, sociology, survey methodology, and urban studies) is required.
  • At least one publication in a top tier journal.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in an academic research environment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Highly skilled in advanced statistical analyses and a range of advanced quantitative techniques which might include: Arima, network analysis, multivariate linear and logistic regression, hierarchical linear modeling, structural equation latent variable modeling, time series analysis, Rasch analysis, statistical weighting, non-parametric statistics, reliability, sampling and effect size analysis, missing data analysis, imputation, etc.
  • Highly skilled in the design of quantitive research including experimental, quasi-experimental and observational research designs across a range of topic areas. Some knowledge of qualitative research design especially using multiple case studies to help answer important research questions.
  • Ability to effectively utilize software necessary to convert and process data (e.g. SAS, SPSS, R, Excel, Access, Dbase). Advanced skills and practical experience in ESRI GIS or computer programming capability is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of survey research, including cross-sectional and longitudinal methods.
  • Knowledge of field research and qualitative methods.
  • Supervision skills required.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously, prioritize and plan work activities while meeting respective deadlines. Strong organizational and time-management skills.
  • Ability to evaluate, interpret, and present complex information effectively in professionally prepared documents or presentations.
  • Strong problem resolution, organizational, and analytical skills; ability to collaborate effectively.
  • Strong diplomatic skills to present, answer questions and concerns effectively to groups.

Annual competitive salary range is $70,000 to $85,000 based on professional experience. Benefits include health care, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement savings plan, tuition assistance, vacation and illness hours, long-term disability, long-term care insurance, and flexible spending accounts.

Apply to Posting Number 045205 at