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Education Policy Researcher

RAND is seeking applicants at all levels of experience for education policy research positions. Researchers at RAND work on collaborative research teams to solve real-world problems, producing objective, scientific analyses in peer-reviewed journals and technical reports to guide policymakers on a diverse set of issues. These diverse, multidisciplinary teams include policy researchers, economists, psychologists, statisticians, social scientists, and others with relevant training. Researchers apply rigorous, empirical research designs to analyze education policy issues and evaluate programs.


Staff are encouraged to collaborate on projects across various research topics including education, labor, health, social and economic wellbeing, national security, and homeland security.

Position: Education Policy Researcher
Organization: RAND Corporation
Location: Santa Monica,  CA 
United States
Posting Start Date: 11/10/2022
Date Posted: 11/10/2022


Successful applicants will have demonstrated qualitative and/or quantitative skills, strong analytic skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, an interest in building an education 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 intellectual curiosity and motivation to work on addressing critical policy challenges. A record of peer-reviewed publications and extramural funding consistent with experience is expected. Experience in implementation and/or evaluation is also valued.

Senior researchers are expected to show a demonstrated ability to conceptualize research studies, obtain extramural funding, mentor and develop junior staff members, lead and direct multi-disciplinary teams, set project standards and monitor progress, and communicate interim and final results to the RAND community and to policy-making audiences.


Salary is commensurate with experience. 


RAND is particularly interested in applicants with research interests in education equity, curriculum and instruction, mathematics education, early childhood education, post-secondary education, and educator quality.


Education Requirements

PhD in education policy, public policy, sociology, psychology, and related fields (you may also apply if you are at the dissertation stage and expect to complete your PhD within 12 months).


Pittsburgh, PA; Santa Monica, CA; Washington, DC; or Boston, MA


Application Materials

  • CV, cover letter, and writing sample are required (PDF documents are preferred). One writing sample is sufficient if it is a published journal article from a refereed source, otherwise two writing samples are required (e.g., a draft first-authored journal article or a job market paper).
  • References: For researchers with fewer than 3 years of experience post-PhD completion, 3 letters of recommendation are required. Letters of recommendation should be emailed directly to bpscts@rand.org.




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Status: This listing expires on: 2/8/2023
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RAND Corporation

Santa Monica,  CA 90401
United States
Teresa McLemore