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Research Associate

Competitive salary commensurate with relevant experience

Background: The Mary E. Walsh Center for Thriving Children (CTC) at Boston College uses research and data to identify and evaluate strategies that successfully transform schools and communities into systems of opportunity for all students. We conduct interdisciplinary research that builds on the strengths of science and practice to understand what it takes to produce a true opportunity for all. CTC houses the City Connects intervention, an innovative and evidence-based approach to addressing the out-of-school factors that can impact students’ achievement and thriving in schools.

Core Responsibilities:
The new Research Associate will be part of a research and evaluation team that focuses on analyzing the impact of intervention efforts, supporting the adoption and integration of evidence-based practices in the field of effective student support, and generating new knowledge for consideration by the leadership team and key stakeholders. The Research Associate will:
● Collaboratively develop and carry out primarily quantitative and some mixed-method research for a range of research projects, with significant contributions to quantitative and mixed-methods study design and analytic techniques
● Contribute to ongoing major projects, as well as provide input into new directions for existing research and evaluation efforts
● Initiate and participate in successful ideas and proposals for new projects that meaningfully support and enhance the Center’s research portfolio
● Contribute to research translation efforts, including developing manuscripts for publication, creating summaries and reports, as well as presenting findings for various audiences (e.g., academic audiences, boards of research advisors, school personnel, and other educational stakeholders)
● Support the identification of new funding opportunities and conceptualization of original grant proposals
● Collaboratively enhance the quality, relevance, and usefulness of the Center’s research work




Core Qualifications:
● Ph.D. degree in educational research, developmental psychology, sociology, economics, or social science-related field
● Proven familiarity with education data and a good understanding of the school context and priorities
● Proven familiarity with social science quantitative methodologies (e.g., propensity score estimation, difference-in-difference, etc.) and qualitative analytic methods (e.g., case studies)
● Proven familiarity with working with large secondary datasets, as well as collecting qualitative data through primary data collection (e.g., surveys, interviews, and focus groups). ● Experience analyzing quantitative data using standard software packages (e.g., Stata, SPSS) and qualitative data using Atlas-ti or NVivo
● Demonstrated ability to translate research results into actionable insights and recommendations
Preferred (but not required) Qualifications:
● 1-3 years of postdoctoral experience
● Knowledge of causal inference research (e.g., natural experiment, instrumental variables estimation, regression discontinuity, difference-in-difference, propensity score estimation, selection modeling)
● Demonstrated experience publishing manuscripts through the peer-review process and/or publishing in peer-reviewed journals
Skills and Abilities:
● Self-motivated and proactive
● Flexible and adaptable
● Exceptional organization skills and ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects ● Strong strategic, operational, and project management skills, with demonstrated ability to effectively communicate (both written and verbally) and have excellent attention to detail ● Ability to work productively with a diverse team in a collaborative, team-oriented workplace

Closing Statement

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

Tuition remission for Employees
Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
Low-Cost Life Insurance
Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
Paid Holidays Annually
Generous Sick and Vacation Pay
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Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at

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