Montclair State University

  • Research Assistant (Multiple Positions)

    Job Locations US-NJ-Montclair
    Posted Date 4 months ago(4/3/2018 3:22 PM)
    # of Openings
    Academic Affairs
  • Overview

    The Research Assistant will conduct research as a member of the Research on Youth Thriving & Evaluation Institute (RYTE) at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ, under the supervision of co-Directors Dr. Jennifer Urban & Dr. Miriam Linver. The Research Associate will work on the Inspiring Purpose Project (a program evaluation of a character development program currently being implemented throughout secondary schools in Scotland) and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Adult Volunteer Training and Development Project (examining the training of adult volunteers, and the character outcomes for youth).


    The Research Assistant will work independently and collaboratively with RYTE members including the co-Directors, Research Scientists, Post-Doctoral Researchers, students and staff members.


    The position will be located within the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University and the initial appointment will be for 1 year, with an option to renew for a 2nd year.


    • Conducting interviews with youth and adults/teachers
    • Participate in coding and analysis of interviews with participants
    • Assist with quantitative survey analysis, with multiple waves of youth and adult data
    • Assist with an effort to develop measures for assessing youth character
    • Assist with managing data and analysis of mixed-methods datasets
    • Present research findings at national meetings
    • Assist in publishing research findings in peer-reviewed journals
    • Conduct grant writing and report writing for funders and other external audiences
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position.


    The successful candidate will be a highly motivated individual able to work efficiently and productively in a fast-paced research environment. Candidates must have a Master’s degree in a social science field with a focus on human development, evaluation, or a related field (e.g., psychology, education, sociology, family studies), as determined by the Principal Investigators.


    Candidates should be able to work independently on project goals, as well as working closely with a team of other researchers of all levels should also have a working knowledge of research methods, qualitative data analysis, and quantitative data analysis.


    Candidates must also demonstrate enthusiasm for intellectual rigor and engagement; excellent writing ability; experience working in a team environment; an ability to work both independently and collaboratively; and excellent interpersonal skills. Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience conducting applied developmental research and/or research on character development programs.


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