Research Program Associate - Educational Opportunity in Massachusetts

About Brown:

Brown University is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Our students, faculty and staff are driven by the idea that their work will have an impact in the world. Brown University offers a flexible work/life balance; summer hours, winter break and a comprehensive Benefits package including time off, annual paid holidays; benefits offerings including health, dental, vision, tuition assistance, retirement, wellness, employee discounts and more.  To learn about Brown University’s benefits, visit the University Human Resources web page here for further information.

About the Opportunity:

The Educational Opportunity in Massachusetts Project, housed within the Annenberg Institute at Brown University, is seeking a full-time Research Associate to join our team. We study the broad effects of educational reform in Massachusetts and the ways that the public K-12 and higher education systems promote and constrain opportunity for students from diverse backgrounds. Using integrated data from several state agencies, we follow students’ progress through the educational system and into the labor force.


The Research Associate performs data cleaning, merging and analysis; reviews relevant literature; develops project models and data visualizations; and drafts and/or revises team memos, policy reports, academic papers and conference presentations. Candidates must be experienced with Stata programming and Microsoft Excel, possess strong oral and written communication skills, and demonstrate the ability to work both independently and as part of a dynamic team. This position requires a strong independent work ethic, interest in education, ability to collaborate with the research team and external partners, commitment to equity, and quantitative research skills. Candidates must possess a willingness and ability to support and promote a diverse and inclusive campus community as part of an organization that centers equity in its work.


Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in relevant field and 2 to 5 research years experience
  • A strong quantitative background
  • Experience in Stata (or other software like Python or R) to analyze data
  • Strong interest in education research
  • Ability to work independently or as a member of a team


  • Experience with data management and statistical analysis
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent judgement and ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Skills with Google suite apps
  • Skill/competency with statistical software (e.g., STATA, R).
  • The incumbent must have a demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment. 

Additional Information:

Applicants are asked to include a resume and cover letter.

This is a fixed term position with a current end date of 6/30/2024, with the possibility of renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and continued funding.

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

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