Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy - NRR

Position Title: Research Scientist
Position Type:Non-regular rank faculty
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Public Policy
Appl Deadline:2019/04/04* (posted 2019/03/06, listed until 2019/04/04)
Position Description:    

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Professor Kenneth Dodge at the Sanford School of Public Policy seeks a postdoctoral research scientist to assist him in overseeing the day-to-day operations of a new NIH grant entitled “Factors in Persistence Versus Fadeout of Early Childhood Intervention Impacts.” The aim of the proposal is to understand whether, for whom, and how the effects of successful early childhood school readiness interventions are sustained across a child’s development. This position is funded by the NIH and is subject to NIH’s approval for future year funding. 

Job Description 
This position is intended to be a five-year appointment, covering the entire period of award for this grant. The research scientist will work closely with colleagues from the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy (CCFP). The Center, established in 1999 under the leadership of Dodge, pursues science-based solutions to important problems affecting today’s children and families. 

A detailed description of functional areas and tasks follows: 
• Interact directly with the Duke Institutional Review Board (IRB) regarding amendments, updated protocol, etc.
• Train and supervise a data analyst, including administering performance appraisals, recommending promotions, and approving vacation schedules.
• Acquire and manage relevant data files, including from the North Carolina Education Research Data Center (NCERDC), the North Carolina Vital Statistics office, the Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), and the Department of Justice. • Generate biweekly reports for investigators summarizing study progress to date, including identifying adverse trends and providing recommendations for corrective action. 
• Coordinate with consultants related to this project, including by providing logistical support for their participation in an annual meeting.
• In conjunction with the grant manager, monitor expenditures of budgeted funds.
• Develop, coordinate and implement relevant activities including, but not limited to, seminars, conferences, workshops, and other related programs.
• Monitor and evaluate program effectiveness, investigate trends, and recommend and implement modifications to improve program effectiveness. 
• Interface with external organizations as appropriate to ensure cooperative efforts are enhanced and available resources utilized.
• Prepare manuscripts, reports and analyses setting forth progress, adverse trends and appropriate recommendations or conclusions. The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified. 

Position Qualifications 
Ph.D. in a relevant discipline (e.g. psychology, public policy, economics, sociology) Advanced data analysis skills Superior oral and written communication skills Candidates for this position should be comfortable working in a team environment, able to work under pressure, and able to juggle multiple tasks smoothly. 

Knowledge of the Duke community Strong interest in learning about best practices in early childhood development

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Further Info:
201 Science Drive
Box 90239
Durham, NC 27708

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