Research Assistant Professor of Social Work University of Southern California, Children's Data Network United States

Research Assistant Professor of Social Work - Children's Data Network



Children's Data NetworkLos Angeles, California


Research Assistant Professor - Children's Data Network

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the "Trojan Family," which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.


The Children’s Data Network

The Children’s Data Network (CDN) at the USC School of Social Work is a university, agency, and community data and research collaborative. Funded through grants from First 5 LA and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and developed in partnership with the UC Berkeley California Child Welfare Indicators Project, the Children’s Data Network is focused on the linkage and analysis of administrative data to generate knowledge that will improve the health, safety and well-being of children in California. The Children’s Data Network at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work provides an innovative and collaborative academic community dedicated to conducting rigorous, policy-relevant and applied research driven by the needs of our partner agencies and other community stakeholders. For more information on the Children’s Data Network please visit our website at For a brief overview of our vision for how administrative data linkage can advance evidence-rich policies and programs, please view our short animation at


The Research Assistant Professor for the Children’s Data Network (CDN) works with other principal investigators in the design and implementation of research projects to generate knowledge and advance evidence-rich policies that will improve the health, safety, and well-being of our children. The successful candidate will also be charged with actively pursuing new research funding opportunities and generating publications to advance the field of administrative record linkage based research.


Duties include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Leading implementation of foundation-funded research projects and working with the research team and subject matter experts to link and analyze outcomes related to child well-being and developmental outcomes. Tasks may include:
    • advising on methodological techniques for linkage of agency data and analysis of administrative data;
    • assisting in the planning of data linkage;
    • analyzing administrative data sets; and
    • interpreting, presenting, and visualizing results.
  • Supporting the CDN Director in the conceptual positioning of linked datasets to meet the needs of both internal studies and studies with external researchers.
  • Writing manuscripts, technical reports, brief reports, and research papers for publication in conjunction with the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigators regarding the research project. Presenting findings at conferences, colloquia, and relevant stakeholder meetings.
  • Assisting in building and maintaining administrative records database. Disseminating information about the project. Identifying agencies with data holdings which may add value to research and policy related hypotheses. Working with agencies to better understand new datasets and overseeing cleaning and integration of these datasets into the CDN database.
  • Developing and implementing linkage procedures for improving accuracy. Providing oversight of linkage model performance to assist in development of new procedures for linkage improvement.
  • Managing the design of data linkage and analytic datasets. Recommending methods and procedures for data acquisition, management and quality control. Recommending statistical techniques for data analysis.
  • Contributing to the documentation and update of study procedures. Coordinating design, revision, approval, and production of analytic datasets related to the research projects.
  • Conducting quality assurance reviews of research protocols. Monitoring and citing violations, and submitting regular reports.
  • Instructing and training study personnel on proper protocol and quality assurance procedures and responding to questions regarding data collection, coding, management and analysis methods.
  • Staying current with pertinent literature and developments in the field. Meeting with research organizations with similar research goals to share CDN practices and discoveries.
  • Performing other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Salary: Negotiable on the basis of the candidate’s experience and skills


Job Qualifications:

Minimum Education: PhD in Social Work or related field


Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Experience: Experience with child welfare research, administrative datasets, data linkage methods, research methods, epidemiological data analysis, randomized controlled trials


Position Type:                       Existing

                                                Grant Funded

                                                Fixed Term

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, color, gender, creed, and background. The University particularly encourages women, members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting

REQ20044505 Posted Date: 05/19/2017

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