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Postdoctoral Scholar-Research Associate

Administration Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. USC is consistently ranked among the nation’s most prestigious universities, and the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology features one the world’s best degree and research programs in gerontology. The USC Davis School has an international reputation as a hub of aging research and, with additional strong programs throughout the university, leads the way in defining and advancing the field of gerontology.

The Secure Old Age lab ( at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology seeks a postdoctoral researcher to start immediately. The project that will constitute a majority of the postdoc’s research efforts began in September 2016 and is funded by the Administration for Community Living. Building on the lab’s previous work, this project will investigate national models of elder abuse multidisciplinary teams, particularly focusing on the elder abuse forensic center model.

The postdoc will participate in planning, designing and conducting the research project, which will include primary data collection using survey, focus group, and observational approaches. They will be expected to contribute to presentations, publications, and written reports on the study and its findings. This is a temporary, fixed-term position for the period of one year. It is renewable for a second year, based on performance and availability of grant funding.

Essential qualifications:

  • Comfort with quantitative data management, analysis, and interpretation
  • High degree of proficiency with quantitative data analysis software (ideally SAS and/or Stata)
  • Experience working with survey data
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work well with a diverse research team
  • Ability to work efficiently and independently

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience with evaluation research
  • Familiarity with the structure and function of multidisciplinary teams, ideally in elder abuse/mistreatment
  • Familiarity with qualitative or mixed method research approaches

*The University of Southern California strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Women and men, members of all racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

REQ20046153 Posted Date: 06/29/2017

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