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Urban Disparity and Opportunity (UDO) Research Fellow

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Urban Disparity and Opportunity (UDO) Research Fellow
Department Kinder Institute for Urban Research
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number S18142
Open Date 10/10/2017
Close Date
Salary Information

Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Work Schedule

Standard 40 hour work week with some flexibility.

Benefits Eligible Yes
Eligible for Overtime No
Position Summary

The Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University seeks an experienced researcher with strong quantitative skills to join our team. Housed on the Rice University campus in central Houston, the Kinder Institute is a multi-disciplinary “think-and-do tank” focusing on urban issues in Houston, the American Sun Belt, and other urban areas. We work with local government, nonprofit agencies and community organizations to conduct research that informs public and private decision-making.

Under the supervision of the Director of Research Management, the UDO Research Fellow will be responsible for conducting research and producing work products that address urban disparity issues, including inequality based on characteristics such as gender, race, and ethnicity; inequality in income and wealth distribution and accumulation; inequality in access to social services, social mobility, and education; and health disparities, etc.

The UDO Research Fellow will assist in shaping the research agenda for the program. The success of the program requires the Research Fellow to (1) assist in selecting appropriate research methods and conduct demographic analysis (e.g., execution of data collection and documentation) and research on urban disparity within a project’s specific timeline and requirement, and (2) produce work products such as research briefs and reports, and report results in public presentations. In the course of the research, the UDO Research Fellow is encouraged to engage with decision makers and other key stakeholders, and may be asked to make presentations explaining the assumptions and methodology used in the analysis.

The UDO Research Fellow will work with the research team at the Kinder Institute and contribute to other programs. This position is funded by a research grant; the appointment is expected to continue for a period no more than 24 months.

Education Required Master's Degree
Concentration / Degree Type

Sociology, demography, economics, public policy, or other related field.

Substitution for Education Requirement

Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.

Education Preferred

Doctorate in related field.

Experience Required 2 years
Type of Experience

Experience in applied demography or other social science research demonstrating proficiency with research design, population estimation methodologies, or other statistical modeling.

Experience in authoring publications.

Substitution for Experience Requirement

May substitute additional related education, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the experience requirement.

Experience Preferred

Experience working with community-based organizations. Experience working in a team environment.

License/Certification Required
License/Certification Preferred
Skills Required

- Ability to complete multiple concurrent work assignments, set priorities, and solve problems while encountering interruptions in a fast-paced environment and maintaining composure and concentration.

- Willingness to assist on projects dealing with subjects outside of current field of expertise.

- Strong familiarity with Census data.

- Solid experience with statistical analysis software (e.g., Stata, SPSS, R) and proficiency in Microsoft Office.

- Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

- Excellent time management and organizational skills.

- Ability to work independently and on a team and be flexible.

- Ability to collect, organize, and manage data, both quantitative and qualitative.

- Willingness to participate in projects that involve community engagement and outside of the office research.

- Must have a mature attitude and maintain good working relationship with stakeholders.

Skills Preferred

- Solid experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

- Willingness to undertake projects that require the acquisition of additional knowledge or skills.

Internal / External Contacts

Internal: Frequent contact with Rice faculty, staff and students.

External: potential and existing research partners, community members, government staff and officials, and researchers outside of Rice.

Physical Demands

Sitting for up to 8 hours per day, ability to move from office to sites around campus and the city.

Working Conditions

General office environment, travel and weekend work rarely and based on current project deadlines.

Security Sensitive Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Quick Link for Posting http://jobs.rice.edu/postings/12031

Job Duties

Job Duty Name Research, Writing, and Proposal Development
Description of Job Duty

- Conducts rigorous research and critical analyses of data and policy for assigned projects.

- Writes up analyses and drafts research reports, including text, graphics, and tables; produces work products such as research reports, briefs, and blog posts.

- Assists in communicating with stakeholders and presenting results at meetings.

- Attends research meetings and participates in ongoing research efforts in the Kinder Institute as needed, including demographic analysis, spatial and statistical analysis.

- Works collaboratively with the research team at the Institute.

- Provides research assistance and support to partner organizations as directed.

Percentage of Time 90
Job Duty Name Other
Description of Job Duty

- Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Percentage of Time 10

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a master’s degree in sociology, demography, economics, public policy, or other related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have two years of experience in applied demography or other social science research demonstrating proficiency with research design, population estimation methodologies, or other statistical modeling? You may substitute additional related education, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the experience requirement.
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have experience in authoring publications?
    • Yes
    • No