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Evaluation Specialist

The Connected Learning Lab, housed in the Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine is hiring for the position of full-time Assistant or Associate Specialist. The position is part of a grant-funded project to investigate how social media can be used to provide mental wellness and social support to underrepresented youth populations.

The project lies at the intersection of informatics, developmental psychology, clinical psychology, and youth development to understand how technologies and technological platforms can support youth wellbeing. The scholar will work with Candice Odgers and Stephen Schueller and a broader research team of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. Research will include evaluation of solutions generated out of co-design work with multiple youth involved sites and digital spaces designed to promote youth wellness. Evaluation will combine analysis of quantitative and qualitative datasets. Additionally, the position will involve writing of reports, articles, and presentations; translating research for broader audiences through blogs and reports; participating in calls with funders and project partners and determining action item lists; supervising undergraduate and graduate student researchers; and overseeing the submission and updating of human subjects protocols. Research, design, and writing will be conducted as part of a collaborative team effort with the principal investigators and others involved in the Lab.

Desired skill sets include experience and familiarity with evaluation research; experience with data management; experience with statistical, qualitative, and quantitative analysis software; strong writing, organizational, and managerial skills;T and prior publishing or editing experience. A Master’s Degree or PhD in Social Sciences, Education, Psychology, Informatics, or a related discipline is preferred. Excellent written and oral communication skills and problem-solving skills are a must. Willingness to work both independently and in a team-oriented environment is also required. Applicants who lack experience in any of these areas but are willing to learn will also be considered.

The position will begin as soon as possible (as early as June 1, 2020) and continue for one year, with possible renewal for additional years dependent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. Annual salary commensurate with experience. Remote work is also possible.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

To apply all applications should be submitted online to the open-rank position in the School of Informatics at:

Applications should include:
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
3. The names of three references

Please contact Remy Cross ( with any questions about the application process.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.