Associate Research Scientist

Columbia University

Date Posted May 27, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Employment Type Full-time

Associate Research Scientist

The National Center for Children in Poverty at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University seeks an Associate Research Scientist to serve as Director for our Child Care and Early Childhood Research Connections project (

The position will provide overall leadership for this multi-component, web-based project. NCCP operates Research Connections, now in its 11th year, in partnership with its subcontractor, the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan, through a cooperative agreement with the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Director guides project activities for which NCCP has primary responsibility (ongoing development of the site's comprehensive database of research on early care and education and outreach to researchers, policymakers, practitioners in the field); oversees work conducted by ICPSR (maintenance of the project's state of the art website; growing its archive of datasets for secondary analysis); and guides activities for which the two organizations share responsibility (technical assistance and training; development and maintenance of metadata describing the project's collections of research and datasets.) The position is 60% effort and the candidate will have opportunities to pursue own research in support of NCCP's mission to potentially bring the position to 100% (full-time). The position requires a PhD in Early Childhood Education or a related field, knowledge of early care and education research, policies, and programs as well as experience with various forms of outreach to research and policy audiences.

We are seeking an established researcher with extensive experience managing large multi-component projects, and expertise in outreach and dissemination to research and policy audiences is desired. Candidate must have excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills, grant writing experience, and five or more years of relevant experience beyond the PhD.

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