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Norman Lear Center Los Angeles, California

The Norman Lear Center, a research and public policy center at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, seeks an enthusiastic candidate for a full-time Statistician. The Lear Center conducts evaluation and applied research on the social impact of media and entertainment. We work on a variety of health and public interest issues. We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas.

The Statistician will collaborate with other team members to carry out research on the content and impact of media and entertainment narratives. He or she will lead data management and quantitative analysis for content analysis, audience research, and impact research on a variety of topics. Primary responsibilities will include determining appropriate data analytic protocols, conducting analyses with minimal supervision using commonly available statistical packages or languages (SPSS, SAS, Stata, or R), and summarizing findings in reports and other publications. This person will contribute to the development of research instruments/protocols and advise project leadership of necessary statistical considerations.

The successful candidate will be proficient in basic and advanced quantitative methods for social science research (ANOVA and regression-based; multivariate statistics), and have experience analyzing inter-rater reliability and managing complex data sets. Experience working in a  fast-paced, client-driven setting is desirable. PhD in-hand or candidacy (ABD) is preferred, with a background in psychology, communication, public health, epidemiology, statistics, or a related discipline. A master’s degree plus 3 or more years relevant experience may be considered as a substitute. Experience with latent class analysis and propensity-based or other matching methods is preferred but not required. Some programming ability (R or Python, SQL) is desired, as well as extensive experience with data management, restructuring, and relational databases. The candidate should be self-guided, able to foresee potential problems and proactively propose solutions. The ability to summarize quantitative findings in plain language is essential to this position. Data visualization skills are a plus.

Required Documents:

  • Please provide a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample, no more than 5 pages in length. Ideally, this should be a research paper or report (or an excerpt thereof) that demonstrates your ability to analyze data and interpret findings in plain language. All of these documents should be uploaded together as one document.

Additional Information:

  • This is a full-time, grant-funded staff position. The salary range for this position is: $65,000 - $72,000.
  • Job openings are posted for a minimum of (5) five business days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.
  • USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six months of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, transit subsidy program, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.

The Lear Center is currently located in Beverly Hills, CA, but will be relocating to USC’s University Park campus in January 2020.

About the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is a national leader in education and scholarship in the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations. With an enrollment of more than 2,200 students, USC Annenberg offers doctoral, master's and bachelor's degree programs, as well as continuing development programs for working professionals across a broad scope of academic inquiry. The school's comprehensive curriculum emphasizes the core skills of leadership, innovation, service and entrepreneurship and draws upon the resources of a networked university located in the media capital of the world. For additional information, see our website:

The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international trade, USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The University particularly encourages members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.

Minimum Education: Master's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 2 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experience Minimum Field of Expertise: Biometry, Biostatistics or Statistics; mainframe computer and PC experience; experience with SAS, Epilog, BMDP, GLIM or SPSS.

REQ20081945 Posted Date: 10/16/2019
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