Research Director

Center for Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit

United States

July 22, 2022


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Job #JPF07639

  • Psychological Science / School of Social Ecology / UC Irvine
  • Application Window

    Open date: June 22nd, 2022

    Next review date: Wednesday, Jul 13, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

    Final date: Friday, Jul 22, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

    Position description

    The Development, Disorder, and Delinquency Laboratory at UC Irvine, under the direction of Elizabeth Cauffman, Ph.D., is currently accepting applications for a Research Director (Assistant to Associate Researcher) to serve as the Director of Research and statistician for the laboratory. Successful candidates will have a strong background in data management and analysis, grant writing, survey development, mentoring/teaching/training students, and publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Must be able to train students of varying levels (e.g., undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral) in diverse quantitative methods (e.g., structural equation modeling, multi-level modeling, quasi-experimental/experimental methods, longitudinal data analysis), and mentor and manage students in all aspects of the research process.

    The Research Director will spend most of his/her/their time working on the Young Adult Court (YAC) study of Orange County, which is an interagency collaboration between the district attorney office, the probation department, defense attorneys, the Court, Orangewood Foundation, and UC Irvine. The YAC is a novel court in Orange County that was designed to address the specific needs of justice-system-young adult men through providing individualized and developmentally appropriate services in the community. The Research Director will play a critical role in helping the team evaluate whether the YAC successfully reduces recidivism and promotes positive mental and physical health and socio-economic outcomes. This position will be the primary supervisor for the Project Coordinator (Specialist Series).

    In addition to the YAC study, the person selected for this role also may be involved with the Crossroads study and the Road to Reentry study. The Crossroads Study was designed to identify the long-term effects of juvenile justice system involvement on youth outcomes. For this study, the research team has been following and interviewing adolescent boys for 9 years (thus far) since their first arrest. The Road to Reentry study is a randomized controlled trial examining whether young men who receive specialized treatment and age-segregated housing and programming while incarcerated have reduced recidivism and more positive outcomes than young men who receive traditional programming while in jail. The young men in the Road to Reentry Study will be followed for 3-12 months while incarcerated and 3 years after being released back into the community. It is critical that the applicant for this position is familiar with analytic methods appropriate for modeling repeated assessments for quasi-experimental and experimental studies.

    Applicants must also be able to analyze, maintain, and monitor data from a variety of sources (e.g., self-reported interview data; official arrest records; official jail records; probation officer reports) in all three studies. The person selected for this role also must be able to design research questions to address the policy issues in each research study, and to help graduate students and postdoctoral students publish their findings in scientific journals.

    SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS Note that the final approval for this position is based on the availability of external funding.

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    Required qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in the fields of psychology, criminology, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated competency in data management and longitudinal data analysis.
  • Strong academic publishing record.
  • Experience in grant writing.
  • Preferred considerations:

  • Excellent scientific writing and spoken English skills.
  • Outstanding individual initiative.
  • Strong organizational and managerial skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to train/mentor/manage undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students
  • Ability to liaise between legal actors, county stakeholders, and interagency collaborators
  • Experience developing surveys and assessing instrument psychometrics
  • Experience conducting social science research with diverse populations (and interacting with research participants in a variety of settings)
  • Experience working with confidential and sensitive data
  • Experience with Qualtrics and a variety of statistical analysis packages (Mplus, Stata, SPSS)
  • Experience working with Institutional Review Boards
  • Experience presenting scientific findings to broad audiences
  • Demonstrated program of research examining issues related to the justice system, adolescent offending, and/or adolescent substance use
  • Strong commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Prior leadership experience as a Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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    Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

  • Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in the fields of psychology, criminology, or a related field.
  • Application Requirements

    Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are made a tentative offer to a Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at any rank. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form: https: //

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)
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    The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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