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Post Doctoral Fellowship - Office of the Provost - Institutional Research and Assessment

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 17, 2024

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Carnegie Mellon University is a private, global research university that stands among the world’s most renowned education institutions. With ground-breaking brain science, path-breaking performances, creative start-ups, big data, big ambitions, hands-on learning, and a whole lot of robots, CMU doesn’t imagine the future, we invent it. If you’re passionate about joining a community that challenges the curious to deliver work that matters, your journey starts here!

Carnegie Mellon University’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning is seeking a highly motivated and skilled Post-Doctoral Fellow to join the institution's research and analysis team. This position offers a unique opportunity for a recent Ph.D. graduate to contribute to impactful research initiatives aimed at enhancing institutional effectiveness, policy development, and decision-making processes. The position is a 12-month appointment beginning on July 1, 2024, and will directly support the efforts of the Associate Director of Institutional Research and Assessment.

This position supports the functions of institutional research and analysis for the university through collaboration across academic and administrative units to meet the data, analytic, and assessment needs of the university and its divisions and departments. The incumbent will work with others in Institutional Research and Analysis and Institutional Effectiveness and Planning to support institutional research strategies for the purpose of providing reliable, consistent, and useful information to leadership to advance academic planning and decision-making. The individual will be responsible for supporting the Associate Director for Institutional Research and Assessment in all aspects of assessment, conducting studies, and reporting results to campus stakeholders at both the university-wide level and for individual administrative and academic units as needed.

Core Responsibilities:
  • Collaborate to set institutional research strategy for the purpose of providing reliable, consistent, and usable information to leadership to advance academic planning and decision-making.
  • Work closely with leadership to help maintain the strategic direction of institutional research and analysis for the university.
  • Knowledge of and experience in relational databases and ability to utilize statistical software (SAS/R/SPSS) to provide data for robust analyses while maintaining the security of sensitive data (for example, FERPA, PII).
  • Support the Associate Director of Institutional Research and Assessment in the function of the university’s local and global efforts related to assessment by adhering to a university-wide assessment calendar and responsibility matrix. Specific functions include, but are not limited to:
    • Designing research protocols and analysis plans for administrative and academic units
    • Creating and pilot testing survey instruments or focus group and interview protocols.
    • Administering surveys
    • Conducting focus groups or interviews
    • Analyzing data and interpreting results
    • Creating or supervising the creation of dashboards, written reports, and verbal presentations
  • Supports assessment needs for large-scale university-wide assessment on student expectations, student engagement, student experience, health and well-being, sexual assault and relationship violence, culture and climate, and similar areas as needed.
  • Supports ad hoc assessment needs for programs as needed.
  • Coordinate collection, storage, and dissemination of data internally and the collection and reporting of data to external audiences when needed.
  • Assists in the creation of leadership dashboards of assessment analyses.
  • Collaborate with Institutional Research leadership to achieve common outcomes.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Inclusion and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who can effectively interact with a varied population of diverse audiences. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.

  • A Ph.D. in a relevant field such as Education, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Statistics, or a related discipline.
  • Experience in visualizations and dashboard creation using Tableau preferred.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills, including experience with statistical analysis software (e.g., SPSS, SAS, R, STATA).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to present complex information in a clear and accessible manner.
  • Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment, managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in research and academic environments.
  • Prior experience in institutional research, program evaluation, or related fields is preferred.
  • A combination of education and relevant experience from which comparable knowledge is demonstrated may be considered.
Joining the CMU team opens the door to an array of exceptional benefits available to eligible employees.

Those employees who are benefits eligible have the opportunity to experience the full spectrum of advantages from comprehensive medical, prescription, dental, and vision insurance to an enticing retirement savings program offering a generous employer contribution. You can also unlock your potential with tuition benefits and take well-deserved breaks with ample paid time off and observed holidays . Finally, rest easy knowing you are covered by life and accidental death and disability insurance.

Other perks include a free Pittsburgh Regional Transit bus pass, our Family Concierge Team to help navigate childcare needs, fitness center access , and so much more!

For a comprehensive overview of the benefits that may be awaiting you, explore our Benefits page .

At Carnegie Mellon, we value the whole package when extending offers of employment. Beyond just credentials, we consider the role and responsibilities, your invaluable work experience, and the knowledge gained through education and training. We acknowledge and appreciate your unique skills and the diverse perspective you bring. Your journey with us is about more than just a job; it’s about finding the perfect fit for your professional growth and personal aspirations.

Are you interested in an exciting opportunity with an exceptional organization?! Apply today!


Pittsburgh, PA

Job Function

Pre/Post-Doctoral Associates & Fellows

Position Type

Postdoctoral Associate / Fellow (Fixed Term)

Full Time/Part time

Full time

Pay Basis


More Information:
  • Please visit Why Carnegie Mellon to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world.

  • Click here to view a listing of employee benefits

  • Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran .

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Carnegie Mellon University


Carnegie Mellon University challenges the curious and passionate to imagine and deliver work that matters.

A private, global research university, Carnegie Mellon stands among the world's most renowned educational institutions, and sets its own course.

Carnegie Mellon was founded in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie under the premise that a school established to foster and develop the technical skills of its students would soon produce students and graduates whose work would astound Pittsburgh and the world. Over 120 years later, our institution continues to produce talented alumni and draws faculty and staff eager to be a part of the university's creative, passionate and close-knit community. We place emphasis on practical problem solving, interdisciplinary learning, an entrepreneurial spirit, and collaboration.

Over the past 10 years, more than 400 startups linked to CMU have raised more than $7 billion in follow-on funding. Those investment numbers are especially high because of the sheer size of Pittsburgh’s growing autonomous vehicles cluster – including Uber, Aurora, Waymo and Motional – all of which are here because of their strong ties to CMU.

With cutting-edge brain science, path-breaking performances, innovative startups, driverless cars, big data, big ambitions, Nobel and Turing prizes, hands-on learning, and a whole lot of robots, CMU doesn't imagine the future, we create it. 

Pittsburgh is home to over 86,000 students from 10 colleges and universities. Pittsburgh was ranked as one of the top U.S. cities for millennials.

Some 177,000 people work in Pittsburgh's tech-related industries, and their ranks continue to grow as the city tops lists for jobs. Networking opportunities, small business accelerators, and an innovative community make the city appealing to entrepreneurs, especially recent graduates.

Pittsburgh is emerging as a tech and culture hub that The Washington Post praises for its "world-class art museums and colorful neighborhoods."

Robotics and software engineering lead the way. The city is home to GoogleUber and Apple offices and a budding ecosystem of tech startups including DuolingoModcloth and 4Moms, all of which have CMU roots.

Many seek Pittsburgh for being a hot spot for entrepreneurship and a model for future cities. Others come for the city's burgeoning food scene.

You’ll find CMU locations nationwide — and worldwide. Silicon Valley. Qatar. Africa. Washington, D.C. To name a few.

If your heart is in your work, come work with us.

Carnegie Mellon University isn't just one of the world’s most renowned educational institutions — it’s also a hotspot for some of the most talented doers, dreamers and difference-makers on the planet. When you join our staff, you’ll become an important part of our mission to create a healthier, safer and more just life for all. No matter what your role or location, you’ll connect and collaborate with dedicated, passionate colleagues — and you’ll have the satisfaction of delivering work that truly matters.

Carnegie Mellon University offers a wide range of competitive employee benefits to help you live well. Benefit eligibility varies based on the hours per week employees are scheduled to work and the employee's geographic location

We seek to cultivate diverse populations and perspectives and promote equity and inclusion. Our devotion to these ideals springs from a core belief in the power of education to be a transformative and enriching force for every person, irrespective of their background, identity or life circumstances. 

Inclusion and belonging are intricately interwoven into the very essence of our university, helping to shape our values, policies and practices. Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are not only central to our ethos but also indispensable to our pursuit of academic excellence and innovation.

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