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RESEARCH SPECIALIST

Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 263535-AS
Work type: Partial Remote, Staff-Full Time
Department:L&S/INST RESEARCH ON POVERTY
Location: Madison
Categories: Research

Job Summary:

Join us in the fight against poverty! This position provides research support and organizes daily operations for projects at the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP), a nonpartisan research institution dedicated to producing and disseminating rigorous evidence to inform policies and programs to combat poverty, inequality, and their effects in the United States. We seek a highly organized and motivated research specialist to work with national leaders in the field to support research projects and events including but not limited to topics such as child support, early childhood education, housing and homelessness, child welfare, unemployment insurance, and more.

Responsibilities: Develops, designs, and conducts one or more research projects and organizes daily operation of projects and specialized research areas to ensure work meets established objectives under moderate supervision.
  • 15% Conducts research experiments according to established research protocols with moderate impact to the project(s). Collects data and monitors test results
  • 20% Reviews, analyzes, and interprets data and/or documents results for presentations and/or reporting to internal and external audiences
  • 20% Participates in the development, interpretation, and implementation of research methodology and materials
  • 5% Provides operational guidance on day-to-day activities of unit or program staff and/or student workers
  • 20% Performs literature reviews and writes reports
  • 10% Participates in the development and staffing of in-person and virtual research-related events, including providing technology and communications (e.g., website) support
  • 10% Provides additional administrative support for research projects and back-up for administrative staff as needed (e.g., maintaining documentation, planning travel, facilitating meetings, completing financial transactions, etc.)
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Education:

Preferred
Bachelor's Degree in the social sciences or related field, preferred minimum

Qualifications:

-At least two years of experience supporting and conducting social science research preferred
-Expertise in the use of software applications for creating publications, databases, spreadsheets, evaluation applications, and word processing required
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
-Ability to remain highly organized, attend to detail, manage a variety of tasks, and meet dynamic deadlines required
-Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of faculty, affiliates, staff, and students required
-Ability to engage in creative and independent problem solving required
-Knowledge of poverty and social policy research and associated methodologies (quantitative and/or qualitative) preferred
-Experience creating data visualizations and developing website content preferred
-Experience organizing and facilitating technology for virtual meetings and events preferred

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: https://policy.wisc.edu/library/UW-5086. Please visit https://covidresponse.wisc.edu for the most up-to-date information.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position may require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:

Ongoing/Renewable

Salary:

Minimum $39,400 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
The ideal hiring salary range for this position will be between $45,000 to $65,000 for experienced candidates. Actual pay will depend on experience and qualifications.

How to Apply:

Please click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process.

To apply for this position, you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the qualifications listed above.

Contact:

Hilary Shager
hilary.shager@wisc.edu
608-262-7990
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )



Official Title:

Research Specialist(RE047)

Department(s):

A484260-COL OF LETTERS & SCIENCE/INST RESEARCH ON POVERTY

Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:

263535-AS

  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

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