Research Associate - STEPP Center, Institute for Policy Research

Research Associate - STEPP Center, Institute for Policy Research

Job Summary

Manages all activities associated with STEPP Center research programs. These studies involve multiple investigators, teams, sites, and sub-contracts. The Research Coordinator oversees day-to-day operations including identifying & securing needed resources; creating, implementing, monitoring, & updating project plans; facilitating meetings with appropriate parties; tracking tasks/deliverables to ensure timelines, milestones &/or goals are attained; monitoring; reporting progress as appropriate; and resolving or escalating issues in a timely manner. May co-author scientific papers for presentation & publication & coordinates writing, submission & administration of grants.

This position entails project management across the multiple funded studies of the STEPP Center directed by Beth Tipton and Larry Hedges. This is a unique opportunity to be involved in innovative research on the generation, evaluation, synthesis, and translation of social and educational research into policies and practices, see

This Research Project Manager position requires a dynamic and highly motivated individual with a strong attention to detail who can also consider the big picture. We are looking for a team player who prefers open and direct communication and is willing to take initiative and learn a variety of responsibilities. Individual needs to be comfortable with managing a multi-disciplinary team and can communicate with people form a variety of backgrounds, including investigators, research staff, policy makers, and practitioner such as teachers. Flexibility, ability to think on your feet, and a capacity to lead energetically and by example are key. Some flexibility in hours is required including evening and weekend hours, and will include travel and other off-site activities. Ability to provide and receive constructive feedback are essential. The manager will work closely with the investigative team in ensuring that studies achieve their objectives.

This is a one-year term position with an opportunity for renewal based on performance.

Specific Responsibilities


  • Assists with determining research priorities & the plan, design & execution of research projects ensuring that programs of investigation meet specified objectives.
  • Plans, develops & implements new processes & protocols to support research studies & maximize/extend study capabilities.
  • Oversees completion of study activities per protocol.
  • Ensures that study protocols are in compliance with appropriate rules & regulations & reviews study progress and recommends revisions, amendments, and/or other study changes as necessary to better meet needs of sponsors.
  • Plans scientific meetings including off site meetings.
  • Coordinates laboratory and STEPP staff meetings.


  • May manage research study budgets, including overseeing expenditures of funds based on budget.
  • Monitors accounts.
  • Negotiates prices & specifications with vendors.
  • Invoices study sponsors for study expenses as necessary
  • Coordinates & participates in budgetary negotiations with industry sponsors.


  • Trains, directs, assigns duties to students, postdoctoral fellows, and visitors.
  • Acts as a mentor STEPP staff.


  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree plus extensive quantitative social research experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD degree in psychology, education, sociology, statistics, or related field.
  • 1-3 years research study experience.
  • Experience managing human subjects research.
  • Experience managing teams of people with several direct reports.
  • Experience with data and database management.
  • Experience working with meta-analysis and systematic reviews.
  • Outstanding written and spoken communication skills in English. projects.

To Apply

For consideration, send a letter of application, vita, and writing samples to Valerie Lyne, Finalists will be asked for three references.

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. Questions?

Contact Valerie Lyne,