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Research Scientist, YSO

UNH COLA Family Research Lab


Durham, New Hampshire

End Date


Job description

The research scientist will work closely with Lisa Jones and David Finkelhor on a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) funded project to assess the feasibility for a national surveillance system to monitor child abuse in youth serving organizations. This position will involve researching and exploring various possible designs for such a system, consulting with advisors and experts, devising and possibly executing pilot studies for such a system, and drafting progress and final reports on the results. This position generally works both independently and collaboratively and exercises independent thinking and judgement.

The project will be located within the Crimes against Children Research Center (CCRC). The CCRC was established in 1996 by Director David Finkelhor to provide high-quality research and statistics to the the public, policy makers, law enforcement personnel and other child welfare practitioners.

  • Excellent written, interpersonal, organizational, and verbal communication skills
  • Flexible, adaptable
  • Extremely strong attention to detail
  • Self-directed with excellent decision-making qualities
  • M.S. degree, or a Ph.D. by the date of hire in Public Health, Epidemiology, Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, Medicine (pediatrics), Human Development and Family Science, or related discipline
  • Research and project management experience related to family violence and relationships, parenting, child and adolescent development and maltreatment; strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Experience with and a broad understanding of quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Ability to work independently on a daily basis, work well in a team, and synthesize and summarize research issues for a non-scientific audience
  • Effectively engage in advocacy and communicate the results of their work orally and in writing
  • Three to five years of experience in related field, process or discipline
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