College Transition Collaborative (PI: Mary C. Murphy)

Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Indiana University, Bloomington


Position: The College Transition Collaborative (CTC) seeks a Research Data Analyst for a one-year term.   CTC partners with colleges and universities to develop scientifically proven approaches that place the student experience at the center of institutional programs and practices. Our work helps schools better understand how their students experience moments of transition or difficulty; and how psychologically-informed practices can convey to all students they are valued, respected, and can excel. CTC’s work has helped support greater engagement, retention, and completion for students at diverse colleges and universities across the United States, particularly for traditionally marginalized groups such as students of color, first-generation students, and low-income students.

The Research Data Analyst will manage data and conduct analyses for a large-scale, multi-site research project. Primary duties include all aspects of the quantitative analysis of social science data including managing large, complex datasets; supporting CTC researchers by identifying and conducting appropriate statistical analyses; and interpreting those analyses for multiple audiences including researchers, administrators, and the general public.  Experience in advanced statistical modeling using R is required.


This individual must be able to learn and work independently while also collaborating effectively with co-workers.  The Research Data Analyst will collaborate with the CTC PIs (Mary Murphy, Christine Logel, Greg Walton, David Yeager), staff (especially the Director of Analytics), and other researchers.  While knowledge of social and educational psychology is preferred, a passion for using one’s skills to affect equitable educational outcomes is required.  The position is slated for one year and represents an excellent opportunity for the candidate to hone statistical and data analytic skills while working towards goals associated with equity and overall societal improvement.


Location : The Research Data Analyst will work in the Mind and Identity in Context Lab in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Start Date: March/April 2018


Duties include:


Data Analysis

-    Conduct statistical analysis on experimental and observational data including:

-    Linear regression modeling

-    Multilevel/hierarchical modeling

-    Mediation analysis/structural equation modeling


Reporting Results

-       Graphical and tabular display of results

-       Develop technical reports for non-academic audiences

-       Develop R scripts for automatic generation of reports

Data Management

-       Clean and standardize data from multiple sources

-       Merge multiple datasets from different sites and times

-       Appropriately address missing data




Education and Experience

-       Masters in statistics, psychology, education, or other science with quantitative focus preferred; Bachelors or a combination of education and relevant experience required.

-       Ample experience with quantitative analyses in a research setting.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (Required):

-       Commitment to equity

-       R

-       Multilevel modeling

-        Power analyses

-       Factor analyses

-       Strong analysis skills

-       Strong writing skills

-       Strong communication skills

-    Ability to work well with other team members

-       Ability to learn new statistical methods



A complete application includes the following components:


  1. Cover letter detailing the applicant’s reason for applying and relevant experience
  2. Resume or CV
  3. 2 Letters of recommendation that can speak to the applicant’s experience analyzing data
  4. Those chosen for the next round will receive an analysis exercise


Completed applications should be emailed to the following by 28 Feb 2018:


Prof. Mary Murphy

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Indiana University, Bloomington

Ryan Welch, Ph.D.

Director of Analytics

College Transition Collaborative

For any further questions, please email