Research Associate or Sr. Research Associate, UC Corrections Institute

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About the Department

The University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute (UCCI) translates research into practice by conducting research on correctional interventions, developing evidence-informed and evidence-based tools, and providing training and technical assistance to professionals working with people who are justice-involved. UCCI is housed in the School of Criminal Justice in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services, and Information Technology (CECH) at the University of Cincinnati (UC). 

At its core, UCCI uniquely combines theory and practice through two avenues of innovation. The research pathway serves to study and support data-driven strategies that advance evidence-based approaches in corrections. The implementation pathway serves to apply correctional research in ways that strengthen program effectiveness, encouraging professionals to become “agents of change.” This partnership helps to substantially narrow the gap between academic research and correctional practice in ways that positively impact lives and shape safer communities.

Job Overview

UCCI is currently recruiting a highly qualified researcher to contribute to the organization’s research activities at the Sr. Research or Research Associate level. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to work on multiple projects which could include outcome studies using experimental and quasi-experimental methodologies, comprehensive process evaluations, validation studies and technical assistance projects involving data analysis. In the course of such projects, the selected candidate will work closely with the UCCI Research Director as well as other members of the research team.  The candidate will also be asked to participate in preparing research proposals, collect and analyze data, interpret quantitative findings, prepare scholarly articles and present findings to internal and external audiences of scholars and practitioners.  


This position is a hybrid position based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Research Associate & Sr. Research Associate Essential Functions

  • Assist with the coordination of research studies in a particular discipline.
  • Make independent contributions to projects and studies based on professional training and experience.
  • Identify and solve problems using research expertise.
  • Contribute to the collective team effort.
  • Perform statistical and graphical analysis of data, interpret data and assist in judging validity of data.
  • Assist in establishing test controls, criteria and research standards.
  • Assist in the design and/or management of complex data processing systems to analyze research data.
  • Accomplish assigned duties for project/studies, or for significant aspects of larger, complex assignments.
  • Prepare technical reports, disseminate/interpret information, deliver presentations.
  • Work with federal/state and university Institutional Review Boards to facilitate projects. 
  • Assist in development of study design, sampling procedures, measurement strategies and data collection procedures, in consultation with clients, program staff and other stakeholders.
  • May assist in development of publications for peer-reviewed manuscripts and conference presentations.
  • Identify opportunities for potential collaborations between UCCI and external partners.
  • Facilitate communication and efficient collaboration between all stakeholders and partners.
  • Assist in developing/managing data agreements with all necessary stakeholders and partners.
  • Monitor project time schedules so that deadlines are met, or adjustments are made if needed.
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need.
  • This job description can be changed at any time.

Additional Sr. Research Associate Essential Functions

  • Coordinate research studies in a particular discipline.
  • Independently identify and decide how to resolve project issues/problems by relying upon their own resources and expertise.
  • May establish test controls, criteria and research standards.
  • May design and/or manage complex data processing systems to analyze research data.
  • May act as a mentor to junior-level research staff.
  • May provide direct and/or indirect project supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).
  • Develop study design, sampling procedures, measurement strategies and data collection procedures, in consultation with clients, program staff and other stakeholders
  • May develop publications for peer-reviewed manuscripts and conference presentations.
  • Develop/manage data agreements with all necessary stakeholders and partners.

Required Education

Bachelor’s Degree required in a related field.

Required Experience

Three (3) years of experience in a related field, process, or discipline.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • PhD from an accredited institution of higher education in Criminal Justice or related discipline.
  • In-depth knowledge of evidence-based practices in corrections.
  • Demonstrated research experience.
  • Demonstrated data management and analysis experience (R, SPSS, Excel, MPlus, and/or Stata).
  • Demonstrated supervisory/mentorship experience.
  • Experience writing research proposals.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Ability to manage multiple demands/tasks.
  • Ability to regularly travel (approximately one week per month).
  • Willingness to work inside correctional facilities and directly with justice involved populations.
  • Ability to regularly travel (approximately one to two weeks per month)

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Sitting - Continuously

Application Process

The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, please visit - requisition ID# 94069

Applicants must be able to pass a background check.


Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range of $60,000 - $85,000 dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


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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.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 94069 


Research Associate or Sr. Research Associate, UC Corrections Institute

Date:  Nov 26, 2023

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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