Research Specialist D, Consortium for Policy Research in Education

Pennsylvania, United States
12 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
12 Mar 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

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.

Job Description Summary

The Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) is a community of researchers from renowned research institutions and organizations committed to advancing educational policy and practice through evidence-based research.

Job Description


The research specialist is primarily responsible for assisting in the design and execution of quantitative analyses for funded research studies, including efficacy evaluations and large-scale projects with experimental and quasi-experimental designs. The research specialist will supervise research and support staff; establish good working relationships with research partners, research sites, and affiliated organizations; and prepare reports for funders and public release, as well as contribute to reports and articles for publication. In addition, the research specialist will coordinate research with other CPRE researchers; present research findings and represent CPRE at meetings and conferences; and assist in seeking additional grant funding. The position requires a doctorate with substantial coursework in statistics and quantitative methods and experience with experimental, econometric, and quasi-experimental designs and a range of analytic techniques. Facility with one or more statistical package such as Stata, SAS or R is required. Preference will be given to applicants with strong writing skills and experience in randomized control trials and other quantitative specialties. Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience and is contingent on continued grant funding.


Doctorate in education, public policy, or a related field and 1-2 years professional or related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Knowledge and experience with causal, experimental, and correlational research designs required, as well as strong analytical skills and fluency in appropriate statistical analysis software packages. Knowledge of the education field, policy analysis, and or teaching or administrative experience a plus. Excellent writing and communication skills necessary. Management experience strongly preferred.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Graduate School of Education

Pay Range

$50,684.00 - $91,232.00

Affirmative Action Statement 

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.

Special Requirements 

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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