Research Data Analyst, RPCA

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Boston College
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Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,150 full-time undergraduates and 4,420 graduate and professional students. Ranked 31 among national universities, Boston College has 758 full-time and 1,096 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $956 million, and an endowment in excess of $2.2 billion.

Job Description

The Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA) at the School of Social Work focuses on improving protections and care for children, youth, and families facing multiple forms of adversity, including due to armed conflict, poverty, and infectious disease. The Program is devoted to applied cross-cultural research in health and human rights. RPCA research directly addresses strategies and methods to close the global implementation gap in providing protections and effective services for individuals in adversity. Highly active and continually growing, the RPCA currently has an annual research expenditure of approximately $2,000,000.

The Research Data Analyst will be responsible for both research and administrative support for the Faculty Director, Research Coordinators, and the team at large. The position requires the completion of a broad range of tasks, flexibility, and resourcefulness. The Research Data Analyst reports to the Associate Director of Research of the RPCA.

Ongoing projects include a Longitudinal Study of War-Affected Youth (LSWAY) in Sierra Leone designed to examine psychosocial adjustment and community reintegration among former child soldiers and other war-affected youth. The study involves four waves of data collection (2002, 2004, and 2008, as well as a study currently underway in collaboration with the World Bank of Government of Sierra Leone on the intergenerational impact of war) with in-depth information on educational status, war experiences, mental health, functioning, family relationships and community support among a cohort of 529 war-affected youth. The RPCA has developed and evaluated the impact of a Family Strengthening Intervention for HIV-affected children and families and is also investigating the impact of a home-visiting early childhood development (ECD) intervention to promote enriched parent-child relationships and prevent violence in Rwanda. Additionally, the team is engaged in community-based
participatory research on family- based prevention of emotional and behavioral problems in refugee children and adolescents resettled in the U.S.

Essential Functions include:

* Data cleaning and management of multiple data sets in SAS and/or Stata Engage in dissemination of findings and close work with the government and other stakeholders to translate research findings to inform policy development.

* Maintaining codebooks and data dictionaries.

* Organizing data sets and related resources for access by all team members.

* Conducting analyses in SAS and/or Stata and other statistical programs as needed.

* Working with electronically collected field data for rapid analyses.

* Managing data team meetings, progress, communications, and members’ delegated analysis.

The incumbent may need to work nights and weekends in order to meet project deadlines.

Please include a cover letter with your application.

Hiring Range for this position is $63,200 – $75,250.


* Bachelor’s Degree in biostatistics, statistics, computer science, applied mathematics, epidemiology,
or closely related field required.

* Master’s Degree in biostatistics, statistics, public health, education, psychology, social work or
related social science field preferred.

* 3+ years of related experience required.

* Experience with SAS and/or Stata required.

* Experience with data imputation methods required.

* Experience working with multi-level, psychometric data preferred.

* Knowledge of statistics, including multiple linear regression, logistic regression, ANOVA/ANCOVA

* Experience creating, cleaning, manipulating, merging and analyzing large panel (longitudinal) data sets

* Interest in learning new statistical methods, as necessary for the successful completion of research
projects, preferred.

* Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

* Self-starter with experience taking initiative and working both independently and as part of a team.

* Excellent coordination and collaboration skills.

* Excellent communication and administration skills.

Closing Statement

Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at

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