Quantitative Policy Researcher - RAND Corporation

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Position Description
The RAND Corporation is seeking doctoral-level applicants for Quantitative Policy Researcher positions. We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in health policy, military manpower and compensation, and recovery from natural disasters; however, the area of topical specialization is open as Policy Researchers at RAND work across all RAND research areas, including: health policy, labor and population, education, criminal and civil justice, national security, aging, and military manpower. Successful applicants will have demonstrated quantitative research skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, an interest in building a policy research portfolio, the ability to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team, a strong commitment to RAND's core values of quality and objectivity, and either a track record or high potential for securing funding to support a research portfolio.

Qualifications
Successful applicants will have demonstrated quantitative research skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, an interest in building a policy research portfolio, the ability to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team, a strong commitment to RAND's core values of quality and objectivity, and either a track record or high potential for securing funding to support a research portfolio. Salary is commensurate with experience. Area of topical specialization is open. We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in health policy, military manpower and compensation, and recovery from natural disasters.
Applicants must have demonstrated experience in two or more of the following areas:

  • Experimental and quasi-experimental study design
  • Analyzing qualitative data using coding software
  • Advanced statistical analysis, such as multi-level modeling, growth modeling, factor analysis, methods that support causal inference, etc.
  • Analysis of secondary data, including longitudinal cohort studies and/or administrative databases
  • Application of machine learning/artificial intelligence methods

Education Requirements
PhD in public policy, policy analysis, applied economics, public administration, health policy, education policy, or other closely related fields. Candidates at the dissertation stage who expect to complete a Ph.D. within 12 months may also apply.

Experience
Positions are available at all levels of experience. A record of peer-reviewed publications consistent with experience is expected. At least one writing sample submitted should be a published or draft first authored journal article or job market paper. Senior researchers are expected to show a demonstrated ability to obtain extramural funding, lead multidisciplinary teams, mentor junior staff, and communicate interim and final results to the RAND community and to policymaking audiences.

Location
Pittsburgh (PA); Santa Monica (CA); Washington (DC); or Boston (MA)

Special Note
Applications received by October 15, 2019, will be considered for interviews at the 2019 APPAM Fall Research Conference in Denver, CO. Please indicate in your cover letter whether you will be attending the conference.

Positions Open
Multiple

Writing Sample Required
A writing sample is required for this position. Excellent analytical skills and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively are necessary for all levels of employment in RAND research, and your writing sample is important in the evaluation of your application.

For instructions and guidelines, please click on "How to Apply" and then click “Writing Sample Guidelines”.

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https://www.rand.org/jobs/id5455

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