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Sr. Research Scientist

Child Trends

Date posted: 02-26-19

Job description

Child Trends has an opening for a Research Scientist or Sr. Research Scientist in its Reproductive Health and Family Formation research area. This person will be responsible for conducting research and evaluation projects primarily on healthy marriage, fatherhood, and related family well-being in collaboration with senior staff members. Research studies in this area place special emphasis on racial/ethnic minorities, in particular Latinos and low-income families.

General Description

Responsible for planning and executing major social science research and evaluation projects in consultation with other colleagues and/or other organizations. Designs research approach and selects appropriate quantitative or qualitative analysis. Leads others to perform analysis; writes and presents reports; draws policy inferences. Must develop and write proposals. Functions as principal investigator/project director for research projects, which may include project management roles.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serves as principal investigator or project director for one or more projects
  • Leads teams to write proposals, conceptualize work, and negotiate and draft budgets
  • Supervises the data collection, tabulation, and analysis by research scientists, analysts and assistants
  • Participates in site visits, conducts interviews and supervises field research as necessary
  • Oversees large research syntheses and writing of research or policy papers
  • Leads the interpretation of data from policy and program perspectives
  • May serve as supervisor for one or more research staff
  • May provide research-based technical assistance to healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood leaders
  • Attends all-staff and project manager meetings
  • Reviews resumes and interviews candidates for employment
  • Writes final reports and presents results to clients and stakeholders
  • Prepares papers for presentations, publications, and testimony
  • Disseminates/responds to public information requests from reporters, Congress, and researchers


  • Relevant PhD-level knowledge. Applicants with master’s degrees or other relevant degrees will be considered, but additional experience will be expected. An advanced degree in Family Demography or Sociology or other relevant field, ideally with expertise in healthy marriage or fatherhood is preferred;
  • 5+ years of research experience for Research Scientist, 10+ years of research experience for Senior Research Scientist;
  • Demonstrated thought leadership on healthy marriage and fatherhood issues; individual must have made a significant contribution through their research to the field, policy, or program practices;
  • Extensive experience writing and winning proposals, ideally from both government and foundation funders;
  • Extensive experience with and understanding of federal government contracting and grants;
  • Expertise in designing evaluations and research studies, including determining appropriate evaluation designs, multivariate quantitative analyses and mixed methods approaches;
  • Proven skills at management of a research team (consistent on-time, within budget work);
  • Demonstrated communications achievements (e.g., notable research papers, effective white papers).
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