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Postdoctoral Scholar - Research Associate

Pullias Center Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California’s Pullias Center for Higher Education is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to work on a mixed methods evaluation study that examines the Thompson Scholars Learning Community Programs at three University of Nebraska campuses. The postdoctoral scholar will collaborate with faculty, and graduate students. We are particularly interested in applications from candidates with experience in mixed methods research, advanced quantitative skills, qualitative methods, studying educational interventions, an understanding of learning communities, and success factors and transition factors for first generation and low-income students.

Project activities will involve data analysis, regularly attending planning and project meetings, and writing up results for both practitioner and research venues. The study research design includes a five-year survey, a summative evaluation in conjunction with a randomized control trial being already conducted on the program, case studies, digital diaries, social media analysis, and focus groups.

Ideal candidates will:

  • Have experience conducting rigorous, high quality and meaningful research;
  • Advanced quantitative skills (e.g., structural equation modeling, confirmatory factor analyses, etc.) and qualitative skills;
  • Work with a complex team across multiple sites and states;
  • Publish academic articles related to the project; and
  • Translate research findings into materials useful for practitioner audiences

The mission of the Pullias Center for Higher Education is to support the access and success of first generation and low-income students. The Center is located within the Rossier School of Education at USC. Since 1996 the Center has engaged in action-oriented research projects regarding successful college outreach programs, financial aid and access for low- to moderate-income students of color, use of technology to supplement college counseling services, effective postsecondary governance, emerging organizational forms such as for-profit institutions, and the retention of doctoral students of color. We seek individuals who are not only interested in conducting rigorous research but also intent on having their research translated in a way that enables multiple constituencies (e.g. policy-makers, administrators and teachers, parents and students) to make use of research findings.

The postdoctoral position will begin in July/August of 2019. It is a temporary, fixed-term, one-year position.  The candidate should have a PhD by the time of employment. The candidate will also have active mentoring opportunities from the School and the University through workshops and conferences.

Applicants should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and one sample publication.

Please address the following questions when submitting your letter of interest:

What is your research agenda?

How does your research tie into the mission of the TSLC Project?

How will your expertise enhance the project team’s expertise?

How will this position further your research and career goals?


Ph.D. required



REQ20073179 Posted Date: 04/11/2019

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