Qualitative Researcher – Temporary Statistics for Evidence-based Policy and Practice (STEPP) Center

Qualitative Researcher – Temporary Statistics for Evidence-based Policy and Practice (STEPP) Center

Hours: 5-10 hours per week (variable and dependent on availability)
Pay: $25.00 per hour


The STEPP Center facilitates collaboration between statisticians, researchers, policymakers and practitioners using evidence to guide decisions, with a focus on education and the applied social sciences. We believe in a scientific approach to transform the social world and a practice-driven approach to advance science. Our goal is to improve lives through methodological innovation in research.

We develop and assess methods to generate strong evidence regarding innovations and practices through randomized trials and other strong research designs, synthesize and interpret the results of multiple studies, and translate findings into meaningful and useful mechanisms to inform the evolution of policy and practice.

The STEPP Center is seeking a qualitative researcher to assist on a project examining how the corpus of large-scale Institute of Education Sciences (IES) trials have influenced research and practice. The qualitative researcher will assist the Principal Investigator (PI) in the collection, processing, analysis, and reporting of qualitative research data.


  • Conducting interviews with the Principal Investigators of randomized trials funded by IES.
  • Performing other qualitative research tasks such as taking interview notes and coding interview transcripts.
  • Summarizes results and prepares reports for investigators and sponsors on pertinent study data.
  • Writes portions of grant applications & co-authors scientific papers.
  • Other tasks and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Experience with qualitative research design (including developing interview protocols), conducting interviews, and qualitative data analysis.
  • Knowledge of the design and implementation of cluster-randomized trials in education.
  • Experience using qualitative data analysis software (e.g. NVivo, Atlas.ti, Dedoose, MAXQDA).

Education and Experience

Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master's or higher degree in a major such as education or social science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 2 years' research study or other relevant experience required; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.

Interested applicants should email resume and cover letter to Valerie Lyne, STEPP Center Coordinator, at v-lyne@northwestern.edu

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.