Research Associate-Fixed Term - College of Education at Michigan State University

Position Summary
The Department of Educational Administration at the College of Education at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking a post-doctoral research associate for the MSU Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC), a new policy lab dedicated to the analysis of longitudinal data for the scientific studies of K-12 students, teachers and schools. EPIC is part of a new partnership between the College of Education, the State of Michigan and the University of Michigan. The express mission of this partnership will be to provide policy makers and education stakeholders, especially in but not limited to the state of Michigan, with high-quality, timely, and relevant scholarship in support of education policy and programs. This is a fixed term 12-month appointment for one year, with the option of an annual renewal after the initial appointment.

The research associate will participate in the activities of Center research, including:

  • preparation of policy reports and oral briefings to state decision-makers and public readership
  • work with MSU faculty and staff on the development of long-term research projects consistent with Center and state strategic research priorities
  • collaboration with peers and lead faculty at the University of Michigan on joint activities and deliverables

in addition to pursuing their own research program.

Required Degree

Minimum Requirements
A Ph.D. in education or public policy, economics, sociology or other field. Strong quantitative and data management skills—including experience with Stata or similar statistical software—are required, as is interest in pursuing independent and collaborative policy-oriented research in the field of public education.

Desired Qualifications
Minimum qualifications and expressed interest in pursuing independent and collaborative policy-oriented research in the field of public education.

Required Application Materials
Interested candidates should send a letter of application stating qualifications for this position, resume, and the names and contact information for three references,preferably two of which are academic, by November 15, 2017. Applicants must apply online at:

Special Instructions
Please contact the center Faculty co-Directors, Prof. Joshua Cowen,, 517-355-2215 or Prof. Katharine Strunk,, 517-884-6289 at the MSU College of Education for questions. Review of applications begins on November 15, 2017.

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