Science Communication Researcher

Pennsylvania, United States
13 May 2019
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13 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Founded through the generosity and vision of publisher, diplomat, and philanthropist Walter Annenberg, the Annenberg School is devoted to furthering our understanding of the role of communication in public life through research, education, and service.

This position is for a Phd-level research scientist with experience in science communication research to assist faculty researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center with science of science communication research, especially the ways in which the norms of science are communicated. Job duties include literature reviews, study design and methodological planning; study implementation/execution; data analysis using advance statistical tools and methods; preparation, revision and submission of scientific articles, reports, and presentations; and presentation of research at academic conferences and scientific meetings. This is a one-year term-limited staff position with an end date of June 30, 2020.

Highly advanced professional discipline. Ph. D. degree and 1 year to 2 years of experience is required. Candidate must have a research background in the science of science communication, including research study design and implementation and research data analysis. Experience with a wide variety of statistical analysis tools and methods is required, incluing R, SPSS, SAS and Mplus, Bayesian data analysis, and structural equation modeling. Experience with research on social/cognitive bias, science curiosity, and barriers to effective science communication strongly preferred. Large-scale survey research experience preferred.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.