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Senior Researcher (Child Development/Psychometrician)
Job ID #: 119 Location: Multiple
Functional Area: Research Department: Human Services Research
Position Type: Regular-Status Full-Time Education Required: Doctorate Degree or Equivalent
Experience Required: 5 - 7 Years Relocation Provided: Yes



Mathematica Policy Research, a nationally recognized, nonpartisan research firm, is seeking senior researchers focused on psychometrics in early childhood and K-12 education settings to lead studies and shape work in this arena. 

Mathematica conducts social policy research on education, welfare, nutrition, health care, and related topics. Our mission is to improve public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on the work we do for our clients, which include federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as private foundations.

Our staff members conduct a range of projects in early childhood and K-12 education, including Head Start FACES, First 5 LA/LAUP Universal Preschool Child Outcomes Study, Design of the Middle Grades Longitudinal Study, and the Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey. 

As a senior researcher, you would join our staff of over 90 Ph.D.-level researchers, and work in a multidisciplinary setting that includes staff with degrees in psychology, statistics, education, economics, public policy, sociology, demography and other related fields. Mathematica offers a stimulating, team-oriented work environment, as well as competitive salaries and benefits. We strongly encourage applications by researchers of all racial, ethnic, and cultural groups.

Duties of the Position:

  • Serve as lead methodologist or principal investigator for research projects of both moderate and large size, supervise others working on the projects, and review their work
  • Take leadership role in developing plans for new projects, including preparing proposals and being an active member of proposal teams
  • Represent the company’s experience through technical communications, testimony, publications, and professional presentations
  • Lead projects to meet budget guidelines; participate in preparing budgets for proposals
  • Lead and foster the development of other research staff working in the education area



  • Ph.D. in psychology, statistics, child development, economics, public policy, or a related field.
  • Five or more years of experience in early care and education research, with understanding of current federal and state policy issues related to low-income families and their young children.
  • Experience on major studies that focus on developing and analyzing the psychometric properties of measures designed to study children of a wide age range. (development of assessments and measures, knowledge of latent trait and measurement models)
  • Knowledge and experience with quantitative analytic methods, with preference for knowledge of regression, hierarchical linear modeling, and growth curve modeling; understanding of qualitative methods and the integration of quantitative and qualitative analyses.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to work collaboratively in cross-disciplinary teams.

Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo a background investigation or security clearance as a condition of working on the project. If you are assigned to such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite security clearance.

Available Locations: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Oakland, CA; Chicago, IL

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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