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BFY Data Scientist

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 13, 2024

Minimum $48,814 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
The typical starting salary for this position is between $60,000 and $80,000 for experienced candidates. Actual pay will depend on experience and qualifications. Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurance and savings accounts; and retirement benefits.

Job Summary:

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) seeks a data scientist to contribute to research agendas set by research teams to further our research goals. Our mission is to advance the understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality by producing rigorous research, training scholars, engaging with policymakers and practitioners, and widely disseminating evidence.

The Baby's First Years (BFY) study is a first-of-its-kind randomized controlled trial focused on understanding the causal impact of providing an unconditional cash transfer to low-income mothers during their children's early years. Now entering its 6th year, the BFY team seeks a data scientist to join our interdisciplinary team. The data scientist will program data forms in REDcap. The data scientist will be in charge of managing the multiple dataset including longitudinal survey data, administrative data, and direct child assessment data. The data scientist will also be involved in data documentation and preparation of data for public release. In addition, the data scientist will play a key role in communicating and ensuring standardized data analytic practices across a large team of students and researchers. In addition, this position will take the lead on producing data reports and answering questions about the data.

In addition to being an integral part of the BFY study, the data scientists will join the team at the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP). IRP currently serves as the sole federally funded research center on poverty and economic mobility, and it has been dedicated to producing and disseminating rigorous evidence to inform policy.

Responsibilities: Contributes to a research agenda set by a lead researcher by preparing data sets, analyzing them using data science techniques, and presenting the results. Works as part of a team under general supervision.
  • 30% Prepares data sets for analysis including cleaning/quality assurance, transformations, restructuring, and integration of multiple data sources
  • 25% Implements appropriate data science techniques under the guidance of other data scientists, statisticians, and/or other researchers to find data patterns and answer research questions chosen by the lead researcher including data visualization, statistical analysis, machine learning, and data mining
  • 10% Organizes and automates project steps for data preparation and analysis
  • 10% Composes and assembles reproducible workflows and reports to clearly articulate patterns to researchers and/or administrators
  • 5% Documents approaches to address research questions
  • 20% Creating data documentation including user guides and other relevant documents
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Bachelor's Degree in the social sciences or related field.

Master's Degree in the social sciences or related field.


- At least two years of experience supporting and conducting quantitative social science research
- Expertise in the use of software applications for databases, spreadsheets, statistical analysis, and word processing
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to remain highly organized, attend to detail, manage a variety of tasks, and meet dynamic deadlines
- Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of faculty, affiliates, staff, and students
- Ability to engage in creative and independent problem solving required
- Knowledge of statistical database structures and formats
- Experience cleaning and coding complex datasets

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position may require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


How to Apply:

Please click on the "" button to start the application process.

For questions on the position, contact: Katherine Magnuson at or (608) 263-4812.

To apply for this position, you will need to upload a cover letter and resume. Contact information for at least three professional references including your current or most recent supervisor will be requested if you are selected as a finalist for the position. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the qualifications listed above.


Katherine Magnuson
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Data Scientist I(RE020)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


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