Research Associate

Columbia, MO

University of Missouri - Columbia (MU)

Job Description

The Missouri Prevention Science Institute is recruiting for a full-time research associate to assist with the management of data across many large-scale community-, agency-, and school-based studies of social, emotional, behavioral, and educational development of youth, adults, and families.

The person filling this position will be responsible for assisting with overall data management under the supervision of the Director of Data Strategy. The primary responsibility will be to implement effective data management practices for all projects occurring in the Missouri Prevention Science Institute. The key responsibilities include:
Assist with all aspects of data management including documentation, cleaning, reporting, aggregation, and dissemination.
Supervise, assist, and train graduate assistants who are completing data management tasks.
Advise full time project coordinators in best data collection and data management practices, and ensure compliance with all data regulations and requirements.
Monitor all aspects of IRB application and compliance.
Attend regular project planning meetings
Prepare research reports, conference presentations, dashboards, and other dissemination activities related to center research activities.
Other duties as assigned by Principal Investigators or Director of Data Strategy.


Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a master's degree in psychology, education, public policy or a related field. Strong organizational and communication skills. Experience in working with diverse educational groups on outreach or research.

Candidates will be evaluated on the following:
Professional skills and experience:
Experience with educational and behavioral research methods.
Experience with strategic data management, specifically in maintaining the integrity and security of research study data.
Experience with manipulation and analysis of large datasets.
Proficiency with a statistical programming language (preferably R).
Comfortable using basic Excel functions.
Familiarity with and interest in reproducible research concepts.
Preferred but not required: Experience with Qualtrics survey platform and Tableau software.
Interpersonal qualifications:
Acute attention to detail and extremely organized.
Ability to prioritize multiple tasks.
Proactive problem solver who demonstrates initiative.
Resilient and takes ownership of projects (fixes mistakes when they are made).
Ability to work independently, actively seek support and assistance when needed.
Conscientious, drive to produce the best work.

Application Materials

Resume/CV and Cover Letter

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Posted: 09/27/2022