Primary Purpose of Organizational UnitThe Education Policy Initiative at Carolina (EPIC) is a research group affiliated with UNC Public Policy. The staff and fellows at EPIC produce rigorous evaluations and research that inform public policy decisions. Our existing projects include qualitative and quantitative work on teacher and school leader preparation, strategic staffing initiatives in schools, post-secondary access and success, and whole school/child initiatives. EPICseeks to address and investigate the ways systemic racism and injustice constrain and delimit students’ access to equitable and ambitious instruction. The research group is primarily funded through state, federal, and foundation research grants. The researchers at EPIC conduct policy relevant education research and evaluation through data management, survey and interview/focus group protocol development, primary data collection, and rigorous quantitative and qualitative analyses. The research team currently includes faculty researchers, research associates and assistants, and graduate research associates.
Position SummaryThis posting is for two (2) positions and by applying to this posting applicants will be considered for both vacancies.

The Education Policy Initiative at Carolina (EPIC) is looking for a research associate to join the organization and contribute to existing and newly developed research and evaluation projects. The position will be fully grant funded and will offer opportunities to partner with Principal Investigators and other EPIC personnel on a variety of specialized projects and to serve in project leadership roles (co-PI, PI). The position will also provide opportunities for the supervision and mentoring of other staff at EPIC. The candidate will be expected to be actively involved in the following: contributing to grant applications and research/evaluation design plans, developing surveys and interview/focus group protocols, co-leading data collection activities; co-leading codebook creation and analysis plans, analyzing closed-ended survey data and administrative datasets, contributing to final project deliverables (e.g. briefs, reports, presentations, journal articles), and providing supervision and mentoring to other EPIC staff.

The incumbent will be expected to bring substantive theoretical, conceptual, and scholarly experience to both qualitative and quantitative research work. Likewise, we expect the incumbent to be familiar with and use qualitative software analysis tools, such as Dedoose; survey development and administration tools, such as Qualtrics; and quantitative data management and statistical analysis programs, such as Stata, SAS, or R.
Minimum Education and Experience RequirementsRelevant post-Baccalaureate degree required (or foreign degree equivalent); for candidates demonstrating comparable independent research productivity, will accept a relevant Bachelor’s degree (or foreign degree equivalent) and 3 or more years of relevant experience in substitution. May require terminal degree and licensure.
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and ExperienceRequired qualifications include proficient computer skills including experience with Dedoose, Atlas.ti, and/or Invivo qualitative software and experience with quantitative analysis software, such as Stata, SAS, or R. Experience working as a collaborator with researchers and evaluators.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and ExperienceGraduate degree in Education or related field with a minimum of 2 years of experience in the field of education or education research preferred; or a PhD in education, sociology, public policy or other social science field.
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Department Contact Name and TitleElizabeth DAmico, Director, Research Operations and Finance
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