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Quantitative Research Associate (Post-Doc)


Position Summary: The Community College Research Center (CCRC) at the Institute on Education and the Economy at Teachers College, Columbia University is accepting applications for a post-doctoral research associate who will co-lead quantitative research projects focused on advising and student support services, developmental education, progression to a degree, and other student success initiatives. The post-doctoral research associate will design appropriate analyses to address research questions, analyze data independently, co-author related reports and publications, and present study results independently at local and national conferences. For more information on CCRC’s current research activities, see: CCRC Current Projects. This is a full-time, two-year, grant-funded position based in New York City, with the option for an extension of the appointment if funds and performance allow. The position includes a competitive salary and benefits package, as well as support for research-related travel and expenses.



  • Perform sophisticated quantitative analysis using advanced statistical and econometric methods and oversee day-to-day data analysis activities including leading or co-leading teams in analyzing quantitative data
  • Serve as primary author or co-author on CCRC publications (reports, briefs, working papers) and journal articles, as well as review working papers from within and outside of CCRC
  • Present analyses in project team meetings, as well as represent CCRC and present research at conferences, speaking engagements, and events  
  • Advise junior researchers and graduate students on research methodology, and manage junior researchers in terms of project-related quantitative data management and analysis  
  • Collaborate in proposal development and grant writing activities to secure funding for future research
  • Participate in meetings with funders and other external stakeholders, and respond to external inquiries from press, researchers, and general public


  • A PhD in sociology, education, economics, public policy, or related field
  • 4-6 years of experience conducting quantitative research projects in social science or education
  • Demonstrated interest in higher education policy and current issues facing community colleges
  • Experience training and overseeing junior researchers
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with quantitative research designs and methods commonly applied in the social sciences, such as propensity score methods, econometric quasi-experimental designs, or multilevel modeling
  • Experience managing and manipulating complex data sets
  • Experience in drafting and revising research papers, articles, and briefs, either independently or as part of a team
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Track record of delivering high-quality work product under a deadline
  • Good judgment, reliability, ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Advanced proficiency in Stata or SAS
  • Travel is required

To Apply: Application must include a letter of intent (including a statement of the candidate’s research interests and how they are relevant to CCRC’s current activities), a CV, and two academic writing samples. Apply through the TC Human Resources Web site at:

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