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Research Associate (NE)

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Date: Sep 8, 2017

Location: Cincinnati, OH, US

Location: Cincinnati , OH 

Worksite: Main Campus 

Req ID: 22044 



The University of Cincinnati, founded in 1819, is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Cincinnati, Ohio. The university boasts a student body of over 44,000 enrolled in over 370 programs of study and is the region’s largest employer with over 10,000 faculty, staff and student workers. The University of Cincinnati embraces diversity and inclusion as core values and seeks to empower all members of the university community. Located in the urban center of Cincinnati, UC is ranked among the top 25 research institutions by the National Science Foundation. U.S. News has ranked UC in the Top Tier of America’s Best Colleges. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls UC a “research heavyweight.” The university is built upon a strong interdisciplinary research culture that encourages collaboration across colleges.


UC's benefits package includes Medical and Dental Coverage, Tuition Remission, various Retirement Contribution Options, as well as Long-Term Disability, Personal Accident Insurance, and Long-Term Care Insurance among others. Please use the following link:  for more information about the university's benefits plans, benefits summaries, as well as information about employee discounts, professional training, and much more.


Position Description:

The University of Cincinnati Evaluation Services Center (UCESC) is seeking a Research Associate (NE) to join our team. The Research Associate will assist in the development, coordination and execution of research as well as program and policy evaluations in education, human services, public health, and other related fields. UCESC provides program and policy evaluation support for university faculty and staff, as well as for local, regional, state, and federal-level organizations. The team-oriented and supportive environments within the College and Center, as well as among research centers across Ohio, provide an ideal atmosphere for evaluators and researchers who wish to work collaboratively with other evaluation/research professionals.  


Preference will be given to individuals who demonstrate expertise in designing and implementing program and policy research and evaluation, especially projects employing strong methodological skills in Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR), prevention science, quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods as well as applied statistics. 


The Research Associate will participate in social, behavioral and health evaluation and research projects, including proposal development, project oversight, database management, primary and secondary data collection and analysis (qualitative and/or quantitative), and report writing. The Research Associate will participate as a member of research and evaluation project teams, actively promote and contribute to the Center’s continuous improvement, and contribute to the initiation of business development, including proposal writing.


Responsibilities will include conducting research to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of programs. Specific responsibilities will include the following: working  collaboratively across teams to develop and submit proposals for evaluation and research solicitations; working collaboratively with PIs to develop a project plan including creating logic models, benchmark/milestone tables, and output and outcome metrics and targets; development of evaluation instruments; participation in data collection (surveys, focus groups and/or interviews by telephone and/or in person, and observations as well as survey development, programming, and fielding); data analysis activities (qualitative and quantitative data analysis); creation of reports, publications, and/or other deliverables; and formulation of recommendations for improving programs.


The Research Associate will actively engage with research partners from a variety of academic disciplines, non-profit organizations and governmental entities to conduct local, state, and federal projects to inform continuous improvement and provide avenues for further research and evaluation. Responsibilities will also include supporting graduate assistants and junior employees in growth and needed for project work, and other evaluation and research-related responsibilities as customarily performed by an employee in a similar position.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate must have the ability and working knowledge to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to demonstrate how the functions will be performed. UCESC produces official reports to various external agencies and to a broad set of colleges and offices on campus. As such, the Research Associate plays a significant role in making sure that data and information produced by UCESC is delivered accurately, efficiently, and professionally, both internally and externally. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Design, collection, reporting, analysis and presentation of data and information. Reports may include tables, charts, dashboards, executive summaries, or others as needed.
  • Assist with various tasks associated with assessment studies, analysis and evaluation of academic and non-academic topics.
  • Survey research analysis, which includes survey design, administration and logistics, compilation of data results, presentation and visualization of results.


Knowledge and Skills:

  • An upbeat person with excellent communication and interpersonal skills who can maintain a positive work environment and positive, professional interactions with a variety of colleagues and clients;
  • Able to think outside the box and identify the most efficient methods;
  • Able to take direction, learn from mistakes, and make changes;
  • A solid work ethic, dependable, focused;
  • Experience with qualitative analysis software such as NVivo or MAXQDA and methods;
  • Experience conducting evaluation and research writing in applied and academic contexts;
  • Strong Microsoft Word skills, excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in research methods, biostatistics, health sciences, or a related field (e.g., sociology) at time of appointment.
  • Four years of experience, which must have included managing social, behavioral or health research projects; using statistical or qualitative analysis software (e.g., SPSS, MAXQDA, NVivo); data management; and using office productivity software (Microsoft Office: Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint).


Ideal Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in statistics, health sciences, data sciences, demography, economics, political science, psychology, public policy, sociology, history, or a related field at time of appointment;
  • Commitment to advancing the common good through data informed decision-making on issues related to education, income, social justice, and health;
  • Identification of funding opportunities and proposal writing;
  • Past successes in securing external funding; and
  • Familiarity with UC processes, systems, and policies.


NOTE:  Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applicants must attach/upload a CV/resume, cover letter and minimum of three references as well as two writing samples.



Application Procedure:


Please visit our website to complete the online application. The following are required to be attached or included:

  1. Cover letter. Please describe reason for interest in the position.
  2. CV or resume. Include employment dates, and full or part-time status.
  3. Professional references. Three professional references, one of them of a current or former supervisor. Include names, business title, and contact information.
  4. Two writing samples, including a grant application, if possible. All submitted samples will be held in confidence.


Application review will begin September 15, 2017.


This position will be a professional position paid at an hourly rate.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.


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