Project Scientist Position at UCSB

Sep 17, 2014

Assistant Project Scientist Series Position: Job # JPF00385

The Center for School-Based Youth Development (CSBYD) in the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology is seeking an Assistant Project Scientist to make significant and creative contributions to it’s research mission. The CSBYDis a community of researchers devoted to developing a better understanding of the role of school engagement as a protective force in children’s lives and that promotes academic, social, emotional, and physical well-being. 


The Assistant Project Scientist will work under the supervision of Dr. Jill Sharkey, whose research centers on promoting student engagement for all children, but primarily for children who have experienced a variety of personal, family, and community risk factors. In particular, Dr. Sharkey focuses on promoting youth development and preventing school violence by understanding optimal family, school, and community response to youth at risk. Ongoing projects include:

1.     examining the functioning of social emotional health, bullying, and victimization;

2.     risk assessment to screen and intervene with identified youths;

3.     evaluating the impact of probation services on program success and reoffending of participants; and

4.     coordinating school, probation, and community-based organization data to facilitate community-based organization self-evaluation. 

The Assistant Project Scientist will help craft grants to fund research ideas, participate in writing projects for publication in peer-reviewed outlets, conduct the advanced statistical analyses needed to examine complex research questions, train and supervise graduate students to manage data efficiently through database development and maintenance, and help coordinate existing grants. This is an exciting opportunity to develop grant-writing, manuscript preparation, and project management skills while making significant and creative contributions to research.  We also welcome the Assistant Project Scientist to bring research ideas to the CSBYD and to develop cross-site collaboration projects with prior mentors.  For more information about the CSBYD see


The appointee will be an ongoing member of Dr. Sharkey’s research team and will engage in regular meetings with faculty, students, and numerous community agencies to facilitate research productivity.  The Assistant Project Scientist will contribute high-level skills to the projects for an eight-month period (November 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015) with the opportunity for annual renewal of the appointment depending on funding. Full-time is preferred but part-time of at least 50% will be considered. Salary range is $53,100 to $56,200 (full time equivalent). Benefits included. The CSBYD is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.


The Assistant Project Scientist position is ideal for someone within the first few years of their doctoral graduate degree. Previous experience applying to grants and/or working on grant-funded research is preferred as is the ability to independently conduct advanced statistical analyses such as HLM and SEM.The applicant should have a record of publication in the fields of education, school psychology, criminal justice, or educational statistics and research methodology. Doctorate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field is required. Additional requirements include proficiency with APA style and strong organizational and collaboration skills.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The primary consideration date is 10/20/14. Applicants should apply on line through the UC Recruit system: Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, three samples of scholarly work (reprints/preprints), and three letters of reference. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Tracey Velasquez at 805-893-4428 or by

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities.


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