Social Network Analyst
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RAND is looking for behavioral scientists with research experience in studying social networks to support and extend our health policy research. Persons with strong research skills and experience applying them to policy-relevant topics seeking a collaborative and entrepreneurial research environment are encouraged to apply. RAND behavioral scientists work on multi-disciplinary research teams, producing objective, scientific analyses in peer-reviewed journals and technical reports to guide policymakers on a diverse set of issues.
- Experience conducting complete and/or personal social network analysis in the field of health.
- Strong familiarity with theories underlying social network analysis.
- Understanding of the range of social network data collection methods (including approaches
for studying online communities).
- Experience with standard SNA packages (e.g., UCINET, Pajek, SIENA, Statnet, etc.).
- Experience with creating network visualizations and other visual analytic approaches to
- Background in cross-sectional and longitudinal statistical models in social network analysis.
- Strong theoretical, methodological, and quantitative skills.
- Record of publication in peer-reviewed journals consistent with experience.
All research positions at RAND require excellent analytic skills; the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English, both orally and in writing; the ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team; and a strong commitment to RAND's core values of quality and objectivity, Senior researchers are expected to show a demonstrated ability to obtain extramural funding, lead multidisciplinary teams, mentor junior staff, and communicate interim and final results to the scientific community and to policymaking audiences.
PhD in anthropology, sociology, business/organizational behavior, economics, health behavior research, social network analysis (SNA), network science, or other social/psychological/health disciplines is required. (You may also apply if you are at the dissertation stage and expect to complete your PhD within a year.)
Santa Monica, Pittsburgh, or Washington, DC
RAND Corporation - 13 months ago