Research Associate-Fixed Term - The Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC)

he Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC) at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking a post-doctoral research associate to work on a new national school choice center funded by a five-year grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). The National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice (REACH Center) will develop and carry out the next generation of research on how states and school districts may implement or revise their school choice programs and policies in ways that improve outcomes for disadvantaged students, including low-income, underrepresented minority, special education, and English Language Learner (ELL) students. For more about this project, see here:

We are looking for a scholar who specializes in qualitative methodologies to work with Dr. Chris Torres in collaboration with Drs. Katharine Strunk and Josh Cowen on a project examining school choice policies in Michigan.

In addition to pursuing their own research program, duties will include:

  • working with Drs. Torres, Strunk and Cowen on recruiting participants and case study sites for qualitative research across the state of Michigan;
  • assisting with developing and revising interview protocols;
  • coordinating qualitative data collection activities;
  • assisting with qualitative data collection and analysis, which may require in-state travel;
  • assisting with the developing and writing of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals;
  • assisting with oversight of a team of doctoral student research associates
  • collaborating with the national core qualitative research team: Drs. Julie Marsh (USC), Huriya Jabbar (UT Austin), and Katrina Bulkley (Montclair State).

An additional benefit of this position is that the postdoctoral research associate will join a large team of doctoral student, postdoctoral and staff researchers at EPIC. We are seeking a person who is excited to be a member of a dynamic and motivated team, and who is driven by a desire to produce both rigorous and relevant research.

The position, which includes benefits, is fixed term annual, 100% time position beginning September 1, 2019 with the potential for an additional year renewal in the College of Education based performance and funding.

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