|This position serves American University faculty, staff, and students as a consultant, computer support specialist, and trainer. |
The research support position provides guidance on the design of research projects and the appropriate use of software packages such as SPSS, STATA, SAS, EViews, Mathematica, MATLAB, R, and others. This includes linking to data bases, formatting data, selection and application of analytical methods (such as graphing and tabulating data; descriptive and inferential statistics: including measures of central tendency and variability, correlation and regression, parametric and non-parametric tests, sampling and statistical inference, and time series and cross-section-time-series analysis) simple modeling, design of analytical metrics and interpretation of results. The position also consults on the access and use of proprietary and open-use data resources, including data available through the Inter-university Consortium for Political Research (ICPSR). The position also provides support in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite and some of the more widely used open source applications.
Consultations assist not only with the research process, but also with basic technical support. The consultant is expected to (a) answer questions regarding application software and hardware operation and solve problems, (b) enter commands and observe system functioning to verify correct operations and detect errors, (c) install and perform minor repairs to hardware, software and peripheral equipment, (d) oversee daily performance of equipment to ensure proper functioning, (e) maintain records of equipment use and delivery of services, (f) collaborate with managers to identify needs for new applications or modifications and (g) refer major hardware or software problems or defective products to technicians or vendors for service.
This position is responsible for delivering five types of trainings. First, walk-in and group trainings. Second, in class trainings provided during regularly scheduled class times (either in a lab or classroom) at the request of faculty members. Third, private consultation/training sessions for individual faculty members. Fourth, specialized trainings for groups of faculty and advanced graduate students arranged in collaboration with academic departments. Fifth, training delivered during the Teaching with Technology Workshops organized by CTRL’s Teaching and Learning Resources Group.
|Educational Requirements: |
|This position is available for a current Master's or Ph.D. candidates, as well as applicants with at least a Master’s degree. |
|Minimum Requirements: |
- Candidates should evidence a strong background in the types of qualitative and mixed methods analyses relevant to their field
- Experience with some of the software packages we support, such as SPSS, STATA, SAS, EViews, Mathematica, MATLAB, and R
|Preferred Requirements: |
- Virtual computing experience is preferred.
|Additional Information: |
|The incumbent will attend the Ann Ferren Conference in early January. |
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