The National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) is a research institute focused on bringing advances in statistics to high priority projects with national / international impact.  Early career researchers at NISS have the opportunity to work with researcher leaders to develop innovative statistical solutions to high impact problems. 


NISS projects develop and implement new statistical methodology for high priority federal agency problems and analyses of massive datasets. Primary focus will be on education survey and assessment data and technical issues facing the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the US Department of Education.  Appointment will be for one year with expectation of renewal. Position will remain open until filled.

Develop, implement and test innovative statistical methodologies. 
Apply statistical thinking and technology to high-profile social, economic, survey and assessment data. 
Conduct research to meet one or more of three objectives: 

  1. Innovative methodology for modeling and estimation for education survey and assessment data 
  2. Uncertainty quantification and computation, often for combining different sources of uncertainty
  3. Complex analysis of education data including assessment process data to answer specific substantive questions.

Assist with expert panels tasked with formulating technical approaches to high priority issues for NCES.  


Preferred Areas:  Survey sampling, Bayesian inference, Statistical computation, Psychometrics, Statistical modeling, Image analysis, High-dimensional data analysis
Computing Skills: SAS, R; Other useful proficiencies (Python, SQL, Graphics, etc.)


Education:  Doctorate in statistics, data science, quantitative methodology or related discipline expected or received within the last 5 years 
Experience or Interest: Demonstrated ability to apply statistical theory/methods in substantive area context; interest in assessment or education data 
Research: Demonstrated ability with professional publications and/or presentations  
Other Requirements:  Commitment to collaborative research, excellent verbal and written communication skills
The National Institute of Statistical Sciences is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


Location:  Washington, DC (preferred), some remote work possible 
Salary:  Based upon qualifications and experience; recent PhD recipients could expect $85,000 per year.
Dates: Appointment to start any time after 1 August 2020; application pool open until position is filled. 
Expectations: Active participation in research with publications in top statistical and domain science journals, also presentations at national professional conferences.


Letter of Interest:  Full contact information, PhD year, concise response to research emphases above 
CV: Educational background (including relevant coursework), research experience, publications 
References:  Contact information for three references (no letters please)