American Institutes for Research

  • Researcher

    Job Location US-IL-Chicago
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    United States
  • Overview

    American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the leading behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. AIR is a collaborative organization that works with clients to examine a wide range of projects from early childhood development to adult education as well as individual and organizational performance. AIR prides itself in conducting high-impact, high-stakes projects, with a focus on education for significant federal, state, and private organizations. AIR's vision is that research-based problem solving can improve the lives of all people.
    The Researcher will work for the Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest (REL Midwest) and REL Southwest on applied research projects and training/coaching projects. In designing and conducting the work, the Researcher will place high value on incorporating the needs and perspectives of stakeholders. This position is located in our Chicago office.


    • Develop and maintain a broad understanding of all aspects of Regional Educational Laboratories
    • Develop a full understanding of the Institute of Education Sciences standards and guidelines
    • Write reports and technical memorandum that are clear, concise, and of varying length
    • Manage middle- and small-scale studies, overseeing the work of research assistants
    • Provide support for large-scale studies
    • Critique and review other research documents and proposals
    • Plan, coordinate, and perform statistical analyses for basic work assignments and for parts of complex work assignments
    • Apply advanced knowledge of statistical procedures, psychometric methods and their applications and statistical programming
    • Ensure quality control of deliverables
    • Work closely with education stakeholders to negotiate relevant research questions and carry out projects that are useful in policy and practice


    • PhD. in Statistics, Education Measurement, Psychometrics, Psychological Measurement, Social Science or a related field with an emphasis on quantitative analysis or psychometrics. Master's Degree with 5-6 years of research experience will also be considered.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to organize and present education data on interactive web graphs
    • Superior in-person communication skills, ability to translate highly technical information to lay audiences
    • Excellent time management skills
    • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
    • Ability to translate research methods and findings for a non-technical audience



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