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Research Assistant & Discovery Center Coordinator

Posted: 02/12/2023

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Job no: 501250
Department: Education Health & Society College
Location: Oxford, OH
Work type: Salary Staff
Categories: Research, Scientific
Status: Full Time
Temporary: Yes


Job Summary:
Research Assistant and Discovery Center Coordinator to contribute a wide range of skills and knowledge to support Center project development, implementation, and management activities. The Research Assistant and Discovery Center Coordinator will apply knowledge of social science/education research to support development of proposals for funding and professional development/training resources, to participate in evaluation and research work, and to engage in a range of project management tasks to support the work of Center Administrative staff, including the Center Director, Associate Director, and Center Coordinators for Operations and Finance and for Planning and Communications.

Duties/Physical Demands:
The duties will include and are not limited to:

  • Supports the development of proposals for evaluation/research/professional development projects, by assisting with proposal preparation, background research, and updating professional and supplemental proposal documents.
  • Performs multiple tasks related to assigned projects, including revision of instruments; management of different forms of quantitative and qualitative data; and providing coordination and logistical support to project teams.
  • Supports Center staff in reviewing research and evaluation products (e.g., technical and annual reports).
  • Supports Center staff in developing scholarly papers, conference presentations, and other professional documents for publication and dissemination.
  • Maintains regular proactive communication with members of the Discovery Center Team and clients for assigned projects.
  • Applies knowledge of common qualitative and quantitative educational research methods and approaches to assigned tasks.
  • Performs basic analyses of quantitative and qualitative data using common data analysis software packages (e.g., SPSS, R, SAS, NVivo).
  • Creates and maintains online survey instruments using Qualtrics or similar platforms.
  • Regularly maintains and updates organizational documents and databases so that they are accurate and current (i.e., annual master calendar, compliance records for protection of human subjects (IRB) protocols, current and pending project data).
  • Supports the Center Coordinator for Operations and Finance in maintaining personnel and fiscal records in internal (Center) and university systems (i.e., documentation for personnel appointments, time and effort reporting, payroll forms).
  • Supports the Center Coordinator for Planning and Communications in Center dissemination, public relations, and marketing tasks (i.e., publications, presentations, marketing/promotional materials, annual reports, newsletters, news releases, and social media), including maintaining the Center website.
  • Assists with development of and support for professional learning initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned and related to Center activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, educational psychology, psychology, statistics, data analytics, engineering, science, mathematics, business, management, marketing, sociology, or closely related field; a minimum of 1 year of experience with, or education in standard quantitative and qualitative research methods; a minimum of 1 year of experience managing data sets using data management systems and spreadsheets (e.g., ACCESS, Excel); a minimum of 1 year of experience using Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Professional, and/or Google Collaborative Software.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Consideration may be given to candidates with experience working in a university or college setting; experience working in a research group; experience producing professional writings for publication; familiarity with design software (e.g., Publisher, InDesign, Canva) for marketing/dissemination activities; familiarity with online survey platforms (e.g., Qualtrics) for data collection; familiarity with project management and virtual conferencing software (e.g., Basecamp, Microsoft Teams, Zoom); excellent verbal and written communications skills; familiarity with APA guidelines; knowledge of social science and or educational research methods and approaches; experience writing reports and other professional documents; ability to work independently and collaboratively on a team; ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and detailed work accurately and efficiently within timeline.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Submit cover letter and a resume. Inquiries may be submitted to Sara Hayes at

Diversity Statement:
Miami University is committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, research, and working environment for all.

For more information on Miami University’s diversity initiatives, please visit the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion webpage. For more information on Miami University’s mission and core values, please visit the Mission and Core Values webpage.

EO/AA Statement/Clery Act:
Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.

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Labor Law Posters for Applicants:
Miami University is committed to providing up-to-date information from the Department of Labor to our applicants for employment. Here, you will find links to the current information regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA).


Date to Begin Screening Applicants:
Screening of applications to begin February 23, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.


Benefits Eligible:



A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities, or to follow-up with a request, please contact or (513) 529-3560.

Advertised: 09 Feb 2023 Eastern Standard Time

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