This is a full-time, 12 month, (100% FTE) position for a Research Scientist. This position involves management of the day to day activities of two federally sponsored research projects at the University of Minnesota, “Project PACT: Development and Refinement of the Planned Action and Commitment Tool (PACT) for Strategic Measurement of Implementer Commitment”, and “Project Engage: Developing a Cloud-based Measurement System for Data-Informed Implementation of Practices Promoting Children’s Active Engagement”. Both projects involve development of new approaches to measuring important aspects of implementation of effective practices in education settings.
This position will serve as a Research Scientist who will work directly with the project’s principal investigators (PIs) and other key research collaborators across universities and school sites to plan, coordinate, and conduct a variety of project activities. This position serves as the primary point for coordinating, gathering, and managing various data collection activities. This includes management of complex tasks, schedules, personnel, and data. As such, this position involves a high level of independence and diligence when determining the needs, establishing priorities, and focusing on achieving results that are aligned to procedures and outcomes determined by the research teams for both projects.
Project Coordination and Management (50%)
Develop and maintain project specific and cross-project work plans, address bottlenecks or timeline slippages as needed.
Manage project activities independently, including the development of work plans, timelines, project plans, and identifying resources to meet project goals.
Manage reporting requirements for funders
Coordinate and manage training components for project staff and research participants (when needed).
Ensure IRB policies are followed for all research activities involving human subjects.
Coordinate with experts from other universities and community partners to obtain timely involvement in project activities
Work with school/community partners to coordinate all data collection activities.
Communicate and coordinate schedules for all data collection activities with appropriate project staff
Problem-solve issues that arise with respect to project management and data collection on a daily basis.
Make daily operational decisions to ensure best data collection practices are used and project activities are aligned to the project aims
Work with the project PIs to modify timelines and procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness in achieving project goals.
Complete other tasks as assigned.
Data Systems Management (25%)
Design, develop, implement and monitor effective data management systems
Ensure all data are entered and managed using systems developed in coordination with the project key personnel
Design and oversee checks for data integrity and quality.
Identify, prepare, and assist with use of data for any planned analyses.
Work with the project PIs to hire and supervise research staff.
Lead, train, and mentor research staff, including students (graduate and undergraduate students), about the research program, proper research methods, and data collection procedures.
Participate in regular meetings and communication with the investigators and other research staff to ensure project outcomes are being achieved
Assign and provide ongoing supervision of the work of hourly data collectors and other research staff participating in data collection.
BA/BS plus at least six years of experience or advanced degree with four years of experience
Experience with data collection associated with standardized procedures.
Experience in coordinating with student research assistants and other research staff to participate effectively in research projects and to implement procedures for ensuring proper data management
Experience in building and maintaining collaborative relationships with both university and non-university partners (e.g., schools and teachers).
Strong organizational and communication skills.
Master’s degree in educational psychology, education, psychology, special education, speech/language pathology, or other related discipline.
Experience in implementing complex data management procedures, including working with Excel and BOX.
Experience with gathering and managing data collected through technology and video.
Experience working on federally funded research projects.
Experience in contributing to a large research team.
Ability to work well with diverse populations.
Internal Number: 332104
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.