The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the "Trojan Family," which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is. USC's Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, The Center for Economic and Social Research is seeking a Research Scientist to join its team. The Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) is a new interdisciplinary institute in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, led by Arie Kapteyn. The goal of the institute is to conduct a wide range of research projects in the social sciences and economics, often in collaboration with other departments and schools at USC. We envision CESR to be an exciting, new, and innovative environment for both fundamental and applied research. Job responsibilities include: Identifies, researches, compiles and evaluates data sources, background information and/or technology related to area of specialization. Analyzes and evaluates research data utilizing computers and provides interpretations requiring significant knowledge of a specialized area of research. Searches literature, utilizing all available resources including electronic, regarding new methodology and designs experiments accordingly. Develops solutions to wide-range of research problems of unusual complexity, which require a high degree of ingenuity, creativity and innovativeness. Creates or modifies methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Ensures solutions are consistent with research objectives. Develops research documentation for publication alone or with others and/or prepares technical reports, papers and/or records that show independent thinking and leadership in scholarly writing. Makes presentations at academic and/or practitioner conferences. May participate in workshops. Operates and maintains sophisticated laboratory/scientific equipment. Provides leadership, direction and guidance to staff and/or student workers regarding procedures, techniques and use of equipment as needed. Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate
Minimum Field of Expertise:
Directly related education and experience in research specialization with highly advanced knowledge of equipment, procedures, analysis methods, principles, theories and concepts. Demonstrated leadership in developing new ideas and ability to publish in appropriate academic and practitioner outlets. Demonstrated independent thinking and leadership in scholarly writing according to such criteria as: first authored publications, conceptual leadership in the development of publications generated alone or with others, writing of first drafts of publications and/or single authored publications.
Preferably all research positions require excellent analytic and communication skills, and the ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team. In addition, senior research positions require the ability to mentor and develop junior staff members, lead and direct multi-disciplinary teams, set project standards and monitor progress. Mid-level and senior positions require a strong publication record in peer-reviewed academic journals and a record of externally funded social or economic research. At all levels we expect researchers to be effective at proposal writing for contracts and grants and to be capable of publishing in top academic journals in their field of specialization.
Preferred Field of Expertise:
New Grant Funded
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University of Southern California - 15 months ago