Research Scientist, RPCA (Boston College)

Research Program on Children and Adversity - Boston College

Reporting to the Director and Principal Investigator, the Research Scientist will oversee aspects of program implementation, research design, data management, data analysis related to the aims of the RPCA research portfolio focused on longitudinal and spillover research as well as implementation science. The Research Scientist will implement quality checks to maintain the integrity of intervention delivery and data collection and lead publications and analyses related to the findings of the RPCA research. The Research Scientist will cultivate and support important in-country relationships and support the dissemination of research findings by working with the Program Management teams to plan dissemination activities and share research findings through the facilitation of presentations and events at the local, national and international level. The Research Scientist’s scope of work is dependent on grant-funding. The Research Scientist should be able to commit to 2-5 weeks of travel (international) per year.

Essential Functions

Data Management and Data Analysis

  • Engages in and oversees all data analysis to support program implementation, research design and research findings
  • Design, develop and execute implementation-science-informed statistical analysis leveraging research study databases in conjunction with study staff and other statisticians
  • Produce tables and figures depicting results of analyses, along with written interpretation
  • Apply statistical analysis using multilevel modeling, coding, multiple imputation to address missing data, and sound data management, while overseeing technology-based data collection and data monitoring.
  • Utilize mixed methodologies to triangulate, analyze and interpret qualitative and quantitative data
  • Provide implementation science expertise to program implementation team and local teams with strong understanding of hybrid design, cluster randomized control trials, and quality improvement approaches to fidelity and supervision.

Research Development and Dissemination

  • Oversees study design, implementation, data collection, and data management across the RPCA studies.
  • Provides expertise on implementation science to participate in project initiation activities, including the development of proposals and responses to research funding opportunities
  • Engage in high-level research and analysis, drafting reports to sponsors and government stakeholders, and publishing on projects regarding ongoing work related to RPCA research.
  • Contribute to and/or serving as lead author on manuscripts related to RPCA research studies

Government and Stakeholder Relations

  • Assume a supportive role to community leaders ensuring vital implementation science indicators are captured and fed back to government parties.
  • Create an in-country Implementation Science Consortium of NGOs, policymakers, and academics from local universities to leverage in-country expertise around implementation science

Research Program Support

  • Oversee research assistants to ensure all aspects of data acquisition and cleaning are of high quality
  • Provide implementation science research expertise to Program Managers and staff based abroad


  • A Doctoral degree in Public Health, Implementation Science, Social Work, Developmental Psychology, Mental Health, Epidemiology, or another related field
  • Minimum 3 years of postdoctoral experience in Global Public Health research or related field is expected.
  • Expert knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies including mixed-methods required.
  • Expert knowledge of global child development research required
  • Proficiency in utilizing computer applications including Microsoft Office, STATA, RedCap, MAXQDA, and other quantitative and qualitative data analysis platforms required.
  • Experience conducting research in culturally diverse contexts, preferably in Low- and Middle-Income-Countries (LMICs).
  • Strong record of peer-reviewed Implementation-Science focused publications beyond thesis papers is required.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to motivate, develop, and inspire colleagues of all levels
  • Demonstrate ability to work independently and proactively

Salary based on experience.