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Project Assistant

Bucky Badger
On Campus
Job #: 46579
Employer: WCER On Busline?: Yes
Pay: $1088.73/month Posted: 05/22/2017
Category:  Graduate Assistant Deadline: 06/16/2017
# of Positions: 1

Contact Information

Name: Gaonou Lo
Email Address:
Address: 1025 W. Johnson St. Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Primary Phone: 608-263-4221

Position: Project Assistant needed starting fall semester, 2017. This is a 33% position ($1,088.73/mo) plus health insurance and tuition remission.


Project Description:

The mission of the Center for Research on College to Workforce Transitions (CCWT) is to conduct and support research, critical policy analysis, and public dialogue on student experiences with the transition from college to the workforce in order to inform policies, programs, and practices that promote academic and career success for all learners. The Center is organized around four program strands: student experience with work-based learning, student experiences with career advising and decision-making, student and employer experiences with the job search process, and community views on the purpose of higher education.  Throughout each of these strands will be an emphasis on two additional issues that will shape the selection of study populations and locations—that of comparative research (especially in East Asia) and a focus on students from marginalized populations.  At this time the Center is seeking a Project Assistant to assist with research and policy analysis related to the career advising and decision-making strand.


Responsibilities: CCWT seeks a current UW-Madison graduate student to fill a position beginning on September 6, 2017. The successful applicant will be an experienced researcher who assists project leadership with analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, developing new research studies, and preparing findings for dissemination through scholarly and policy-oriented venues. Specific duties include:

  • Quantitative data analysis of existing survey data using ANOVA, and multiple/logistic regression
  • Qualitative data analysis of existing focus group data using thematic analysis or grounded theory techniques
  • Developing new research projects with Center staff, overseeing recruitment and data collection for these new projects, and preparing findings for publication
  • Documenting and disseminating research methods, tools, and findings to scholarly and practitioner audiences.
  • Working closely with other project staff to ensure integration of findings across the study's various research components


Required Skills:

  • Experience in mixed methods research methods.  Specific technical skills include multivariate data analysis and reporting using statistical software (e.g.,  SPSS, SAS, Stata) and qualitative data analysis including thematic, grounded theory, and content analytic techniques.
  • Strong foundation in research and theory on career decision-making, ideally at the postsecondary or adult learner level.
  • Strong analytical skills, creativity, intellectual curiosity, and the ability to synthesize complex information;
  • Strong organizational skills, detail-oriented, and ability to effectively juggle multiple responsibilities (e.g., graduate work, PA responsibilities);
  • Proven ability to adapt to a variety of situations and tasks; open to new challenges and opportunities
  • Strong sense of professionalism
  • Demonstrated ability to take responsibility to meet deadlines and initiate tasks without close supervision.


Preferred Skills:

  • Strong interest in one or more of the following topics: career decision-making, career advising, educational policy, student transitions between higher education and the workforce, sociological, anthropological, and economic theories of college-labor market dynamics
  • Familiarity with the preparation of manuscripts for submission to peer reviewed journals in the social sciences;
  • Familiarity with mixed methods approaches to recruitment, data collection, and analysis;
  • Familiarity and/or interest in data visualization techniques

To be considered for this position, please provide a letter describing your qualifications, a CV, a sample of scholarly writing, and a list of 3 references to Matthew Hora (

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