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Assistant Project Scientist

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 12th, 2013
Last review date: January 13th, 2014
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: January 31st, 2014
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The position involves working for the California Dropout Research Project (CDRP) in the Gevirtz School, UC Santa Barbara. The CDRP (http://cdrp.ucsb.edu/) was established in December 2006 to produce new and useful research to inform policymakers, educators, and the general public about the nature of the dropout crisis in California and to help the state develop a meaningful policy agenda to address the problem. The project is directed by Russell W. Rumberger, Professor of Education, UC Santa Barbara. This position provides research and support for the project and the Director. More specifically, the position involves: (1) locating, downloading, and analyzing data from the California Department of Education website; (2) writing up the results of the analysis in reports and briefs; (3) creating interactive graphs using Tableau software; (4) maintaining and updating interactive database of research studies; (5) responding to phone and email queries to the CDRP.

Qualifications: The candidate should have a Ph.D. in education with an emphasis in education policy and/or research methods. The candidate should have experience in working with large datasets and in using statistical software to analyze data from those datasets and in generating online graphs and maps for displaying the results of the data analysis. The candidate should also have strong writing skills.

This is a temporary appointment for a six month period at 50% time with possible extension up to a year with a February 1, 2014 start date. Annual salary is $54,600 (full time equivalent). Benefits included.

The primary consideration date is January 13, 2014, thereafter open until filled. Applicants should apply on line: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply job # JPF00275. Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vita,one sample of scholarly work (reprints/preprints), and three references. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Tracey Velasquez at 805-893-4428 or by email: tracey@education.ucsb.edu.

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.




3 references required (contact information only)