Careers at NISS

NISS is currently seeking to fill the following positions.  Click on the links to find out more about these positions and how to apply!

NISS is always interested in connecting with individuals that would help further the mission of NISS.


NISS Seeking Next Director

The National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) seeks a talented statistical/data scientist to serve as its Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In 2020, NISS celebrated its 30th anniversary with a renewed focus on its mission to identify, catalyze and foster high-impact research and to offer exceptional opportunities for training to promote and advance the statistical and data sciences in the United States. The NISS legal corporate home is in North Carolina; its scientific and professional activities currently are centered at hubs at Penn State University, and Washington, DC, with future locations anticipated.

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NISS Postdoctoral Fellow / Early Career Researcher

Early career researchers at NISS have the opportunity to work with researcher leaders to develop innovative statistical solutions to high impact problems and to see the impact as these solutions are implemented. 

NISS researchers make a difference by developing innovative data science technology and statistical modeling methodology for high priority projects at federal statistical agencies. Primary focus a of specific project may use statistical and AI modeling to analyze massive and high dimensional data, or develop models that integrate heterogeneous data types (satellite image, GIS, survey, theoretical or empirical model) or create statistical data visualizations.  NISS Research Associates have received many awards for their contributions in innovation of statistical processes for key national statistics and indicators. 

Appointments are for one year with expectation of renewal.

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NISS Research Assistant Position

The appointment will be part-time and, similar to a graduate assistantship, will allow a graduate student to proceed on a standard timetable toward a graduate degree. This is a research position. The Research Assistant will work under supervision of a senior researcher and will use education data from the national assessments, tests and surveys conducted by NCES (US Department of Education).

The Research Assistant will be responsible for maintaining education data files on a secure server, for using standard statistical methods for analysis of assessment and/or survey data, for providing summaries for meetings on topics in education measurement and education data analysis. In addition, the Research Assistant should expect to participate in NISS research projects, often including presentations at national conferences and/or publication.

NISS Washington DC office with limited opportunity for remote work.
Position to start 1 October 2021; open until filled.

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