Research Data Analyst & Project Coordinator, Northwestern University Institute for Policy Research

Job Opening: Research Data Analyst & Project Coordinator

Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research invites applications for a full-time Research Data Analyst & Project Coordinator starting May/June 2015. The Institute for Policy Research is an interdisciplinary research consortium aimed at stimulating, supporting, and disseminating social science research that explores significant public policy issues and disseminates them widely.

The Research Data Analyst & Project Coordinator will be a member of the lab of Dr. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, Frances Willard Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and Associate Provost for Faculty, and of Northwestern University’s Two-Generation Research Initiative. Dr. Chase-Lansdale and colleagues Drs. Teresa Eckrich Sommer and Elise Chor are  at the forefront of developing the theory, programmatic design and implementation, and research behind two-generation initiatives that aim to improve low-income families’ educational, economic, and health outcomes. Two-generation programs expand the set of opportunities available to families by simultaneously promoting human capital investment in parents and their children. The Research Project Coordinator & Data Analyst will actively contribute to multiple research projects investigating on-the-ground two-generation initiatives.

Responsibilities: The Research Data Analyst & Project Coordinator will be responsible for:

1. Data Management & Analysis, including: (a) coordinating with partnering programs and research institutions to manage data collection and transfer; (b) creating codebooks and user manuals to support current and future research efforts;(c) coding data using Stata statistical software and training Research Assistants to prepare data; (d) and overseeing data preparation efforts across multiple sources and studies; and (e) data analysis for formal reports, publications, and presentations.

2. Project Development, including survey development, literature reviews for publications and presentations, and memoranda to guide study design and about other research-related seminars and events.

3. Research Communication, including report-writing, maintaining a project website, and communicating with other study collaborators both in and outside Northwestern.

Qualifications: A successful candidate must have: (1) a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Psychology, Human Development, Economics, Statistics, Social Policy, or a related field; (2) strong analytic and communication skills; (3) the ability to balance attention to detail with a big-picture understanding of research studies; (4) an aptitude for and interest in quantitative data management and analysis; and (5) an interest in conducting research related to improving the well-being of children and families. The candidate should be highly organized and able to work both independently and as part of a team.


This position allows for significant growth potential, including the exploration of research interests and careers, and has led to graduate school acceptances and advanced employment opportunities for past coordinators. The Research Data Analyst & Project Coordinator collaborates with a wide-range of Northwestern students, faculty and staff, including a Senior Research Scientist, a Post-Doctoral Fellow, a Research Coordinator and Grants Manager, and professors and graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of fields of study, all based at Northwestern University. The coordinator also engages with researchers and service providers from across the country who are innovators in the study and implementation of two-generation programming.

Application: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume, writing sample, unofficial transcript, and contact information for three references to Drs. Teresa Eckrich Sommer ( and Elise Chor ( For more information about Dr. Chase-Lansdale’s work, please visit