National Institute of Statistical Sciences – Research Associate

Company Information: NISS is a national institute that delivers high-impact research in science and in public policy by leveraging the rich expertise of its staff with that of its base of affiliated organizations in academia, industry, and government. NISS works on issues where information and quantitative analysis are keys to solutions and decisions. NISS functions in three ways: as an expert advisor, as a basic researcher, and as a collaborator.

Position Title: Research Associate

Duties and Responsibilities: NISS plans to appoint one or more PhD-level research analysts/statisticians to be deeply involved in statistical methodological development and/or the application of statistical, computational or quantitative methodologies to large (federal) statistical databases. Research Associates will be located in the Washington DC area and will report to both the Director of NISS-DC and the project or agency supervisor.

Position Qualifications: The position requires a PhD in statistics, survey methodology, statistical computation or a quantitative social science such as educational psychology. Necessary technical expertise includes research and data analysis, knowledge of basic statistical computing software (SAS and R); additional computing skills either for data management or for computation with big data are a plus. In addition to strong written and oral communication skills, experience in enabling diverse audiences to understand complex, quantitative information is highly desirable. Commitment to collaborative research is essential.

Salary Range: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Benefits: NISS offers employees a full set of benefits. The positions will remain open until filled. Employment will begin on 1 September 2018 or at mutual convenience.


Application Information: Applications should be submitted electronically (pdf) to:
Applications must contain the following:
– Application Cover Page
– Curriculum Vitae (including computing skills and relevant coursework)
– Transcript (unofficial)
– Names and contact information (street & email addresses, phone numbers) of three references who may be contacted
– Statement of research interest (no more than 2 pages double-spaced, 12 point font) that includes: Topic Area, Research Areas: relevance of research area and/or experience to inference from large/federal databases, and related experience or previous collaborations, if appropriate.
– If doctoral degree was granted in 2014 or more recently, thesis abstract
– Visa status if not a U.S. citizen

Applications will be evaluated on the strength of the applicant’s statistical skill and on the applicability to the research area. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, especially women and members of minority groups. U.S. citizenship is not required.

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