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Education Policy Researcher, Higher Education

RAND is seeking applicants at all levels of experience for education policy research positions with a focus on post-secondary education. 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 well-being, national security, and homeland security.

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


All 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. Successful senior applicants will have the ability to conceptualize research studies and lead and direct multi-disciplinary teams, along with experience mentoring and developing junior staff, setting project standards and monitoring progress, and communicating results to the RAND community as well as to policy-making audiences. A record of peer-reviewed publications and funding consistent with experience is expected. Experience in conducting applied and policy-oriented research is preferred. Experience in implementation and/or evaluation also valued.


Education Requirements

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



Training in and experience with qualitative and/or quantitative methods is required. A record of peer-reviewed publications and funding consistent with experience is expected. Experience in conducting applied and policy-oriented research is preferred. Experience in implementing and/or evaluation also valued.



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


Diversity at RAND

Diversity, equity, and inclusivity are essential operating principles at RAND. We are committed to maintaining a collegial environment that respects the contributions and dignity of all staff, where individual differences are recognized, appreciated, and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths. We seek unique backgrounds, original views, and diversity in academic training, work experience, and ideological outlook.


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