Community College Research Initiatives

January 29, 2024

CCRI is Hiring a New Research Scientist

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Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) shapes, advances and stewards a world-class undergraduate academic experience for students at the University of Washington. Staff, faculty and students in UAA deepen and enrich the learning experience for all undergraduates, recognizing and supporting the unique learning path of each individual student and the commitment of each academic program to excellence in learning and teaching.

Within UAA, the Community College Research Initiatives (CCRI) is a research group committed to generating actionable, timely research that supports more equitable college access and completion, critically informed student support, and improved educational pathways from access to transfer, graduation, and into the workforce. Our goal is to leverage this research to effect change in postsecondary education at all levels.

CCRI has an outstanding opportunity for a .80 FTE Research Scientist to join our team! The position has the possibility to be up to 100% remote or hybrid.

The Research Scientist will support multiple CCRI projects, including a Rural Mentorship grant which examines mentorship opportunities for low-income students at rural community colleges across the country, STEM Transfer Partnership, multiple evaluation projects, and they will also be pivotal in applying for and leading future research projects.

The Research Scientist will be responsible for collecting, coding, and analyzing qualitative data, developing evaluation tools, managing data, creating surveys, evaluating survey data; draft, develop and assist with writing scientific manuscripts and reports; prepare and present at scientific and stakeholder meetings; prepare and manage Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements; assist in grant application and paperwork process.


  • 25% – Co-lead the qualitative data collection, create and analyze surveys, coding and analysis, data management, as well as writing up data summaries on several projects.
  • 25% – Co-author briefs and reports that summarize major findings and author papers and presentations and other dissemination activities.
  • 20% – Assist in grants administration, including annual reports, oversight of project deliverables, Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements, and future grant applications.
  • 15% – Participate in team meetings, strategic planning, equity initiatives, and future grant needs.
  • 15% – Attend conferences and support convenings and team facilitated events.


  • Master’s degree in education, social sciences, or related field.
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience in education research and experimental design.
  • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Working knowledge of practices, policies, and issues related to vertical transfer.
  • Experience with grant writing and International Review Board (IRB) applications.
  • Experience creating, collecting, analyzing survey data, and writing up results.
  • Experience in design, implementation, and analysis of evaluation protocols.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex scientific information in clear and concise language appropriate for diverse audiences (e.g., scientists, policy makers, university students).
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task and work collaboratively.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and facilitation skills.
  • Experience successfully working as part of a team.
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated record of research productivity in the form of relevant publications, conference presentations and experience with research related grant funding.


  • A doctoral degree focused on higher education.
  • Four or more years of relevant work experience in education research and experimental design.
  • Knowledge and experience with community college transfer, transfer partnerships, STEM education, equity and diversity in higher education.
  • Experience with UW grant processing systems and IRB systems.
  • Experience in working with practitioners in co-creating and building evaluation protocols.
  • Strategic and critical thinker.
  • Experience in both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Application Process: The application process may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your “My Jobs” page to take when you are access ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

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