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Research Specialist

North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND
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Description & Details:

The Center for Social Research is an interdisciplinary applied research center supported by grants and contracted services. The Center performs a wide range of social and socio-economic impact assessments, program evaluations, and curates a social, economic, and demographic indicator project. Center capabilities are broad and flexible to enable Center staff to respond to the state's ever-changing research needs.

The CSR is looking for a Research Specialist to conduct interdisciplinary applied research. Activities include primary and secondary data collection efforts using various quantitative and qualitative methods. Candidates should be able to manage data sets and be proficient with data analysis tools such as Excel, SAS, SPSS and R. In addition to data collection and analysis, the Research Specialist will interpret results and prepare written documents and outreach materials to communicate results to projects sponsors and other constituent groups. The Research Specialist should be able to perform all duties within expected time frames and work harmoniously and productively with other members of the research team. The position is funded solely by grant and contract funds.

Advertised Salary:
  • Commensurate with experience.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree in Sociology, Public Health, Statistics, Data Management, Community or Economic Development, Economics, Agricultural Economics, Regional Science or related field.
  • Demonstrated skills in applied research, data collection, data management, data analysis and interpretation, data visualizations and preparation of report documents and other project deliverables.
  • Expertise with various data analysis packages such as Excel, SPSS, SAS, R and data processing software such as Word and PowerPoint.
  • Effective oral and written communications skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD in an appropriate discipline.
  • One or more years' experience in applied research; preferably in a grant/contract funded research environment.
  • Demonstrated capabilities with SAS and R.
  • Experience with data visualization software such as Power BI or Tableau.
  • Knowledge of federal and state statistical sources such as U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce, Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Experience in program evaluation and development of research methods.
  • Ability to tailor oral and written content to a variety of audiences.
  • Familiar with North Dakota and regional social and socio-economic conditions and considerations and willingness to stay abreast and be knowledgeable of current affairs affecting the state.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and interact with study sponsors, state and community leaders, and others to facilitate project planning and development of research methods, data collection processes and delivery of research findings and implications.
  • Direct and assist in grant writing and reporting.
  • Minor degree or some experience in business, finance, or economics.

Applicant Materials Required:
  • Cover letter (Please address qualifications required to successfully complete the job.)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three references, including contact information


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university - with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include: wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include: supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

About Us:

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. We educate leaders who solve national and global challenges by providing affordable access to an excellent education that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment.

NDSU is in the highest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, R1, granted to the top research institutions in the country.

NDSU has offices across the state of North Dakota, and the main campus is in Fargo, on the Minnesota border. Along with Moorhead, Minnesota, Fargo forms one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. The community is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live.

No Smoking Notice :

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Diversity Statement:

NDSU strives to be a community of belonging, recognizing unique differences as strengths of our university. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce that supports a community in which diverse populations and perspectives will know and learn from one another. NDSU values candidates who are committed to our core values of respect, inclusivity, community, creativity, excellence, impact, innovation, integrity, resilience, responsiveness, and transformation. Successful candidates will be committed to and help advance our strategic goal to create and maintain an open and respectful environment to promote inclusivity and diversity as a cornerstone of education, research, and outreach.

Veteran's Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.

Reasonable Accommodation Information

North Dakota State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resources at 701-231-8961 or .


NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities.

North Dakota State University is an employer of choice with a commitment to offer a well-rounded benefits package for employees and their families.

NDSU is listed at 95 among 404 public universities based on the university’s research expenditures reported to the National Science Foundation. In addition, NDSU is listed in the National Science Foundation’s top 100 in several areas, including: agricultural sciences; business management and business; communications; materials science; natural resources and conservation science; social sciences; sociology, demography, and population studies; and visual and performing arts.

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