JOE - October 2012

American Institutes for Research
Senior Research Scientist
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Senior Research Scientist
Section: 5 -- Full-Time Nonacademic
Location: Washington, DC, USA
JEL Classification: C -- Mathematical and Quantitative Methods

JOE ID Number: 201210_397079

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AIR is seeking a Senior Statistician with expertise in econometric modeling to play a leading role in our educational value-added analysis team. This team analyzes longitudinal microdata to assess system and educator impact on student outcomes including test scores, attendance, graduation, attitudinal measures, and others. Estimates are used for research, evaluation, and performance management on the part of states and school districts.

This position is located at our corporate offices in Washington, D.C.

The ideal candidate will have: 1) expertise in fixed and random effects models, seemingly unrelated regression, survival analysis, time series, and robust variance estimation; 2) understanding of the statistical models and assumptions currently used in value added models (VAM); 3) ability to review/critique the assumptions of these models and specify effects of changing assumptions; 4) ability to develop and implement VAM, including understanding of programming requirements. We seek statisticians/econometricians with the skills to refine existing models or develop new models as necessary.

The successful candidate will bring the ability to articulate the policy implications of technical decisions regarding use of alternative VAM approaches, and will be able to communicate findings from highly technical work clearly and accurately to non-technical audiences. Especially where the work relates to performance management, the candidate must be able to identify and discuss intended and unintended incentives and consequences, including costs of policies derived from specific analyses. The ideal candidate will possess strong writing skills and have the ability to discuss findings in public forums.

Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in economics with a focus on econometrics, mathematical statistics or other related substantive area in the quantitative social sciences plus at least 5-10 years of related experience. Experience with workforce or compensation issues is a plus, but not required.
Application Instructions:

AIR offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, including a fully funded retirement plan, generous paid time off, subsidized garage parking, and tuition assistance. For more information, please visit our website at To apply, please go to and conduct a job title search. EOE.

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