The Norman Lear Center, a research and public policy center at USCâs Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, seeks an enthusiastic candidate for a full-time Senior Researcher on the Media Impact Project (MIP) team. MIP conducts evaluation and applied research on the social impact of media and entertainment. We work on a variety of health and public interest issues; current projects pertain to health equity, gun safety, and the societal impact of technology.
The Senior Researcher will collaborate with other team members to conduct research on the content and impact of media and entertainment narratives. They will aid the Principal Investigator in formulating research objectives and providing technical oversight and expertise to the project team. The Senior Researcher will have primary responsibility for the design, implementation, and analysis of quantitative research on media audiences and the impact of media narratives on knowledge, attitudes, and behavior. This includes the development of research instruments/protocols; conducting and overseeing data analysis using commonly available statistical packages or languages (SPSS, SAS, Stata, or R); and summarizing findings in reports for funders/clients and the public. This person will also work alongside the PI to develop research proposals and budgets.
The successful candidate will have:
A PhD in psychology, sociology, communication, public health, or a related discipline, with 3 or more years relevant experience in positions of increasing responsibility.
Expertise in survey research and quantitative analysis for social science (ANOVA and regression-based, mediation and moderation analysis).
Substantive expertise in media impact measurement or mechanisms of narrative influence (e.g. entertainment education, social impact entertainment, narrative change).
Experience providing technical oversight and mentorship to junior staff and/or students.
Demonstrated ability to compellingly summarize quantitative findings in plain language for non-academic audiences and extract actionable insights.
Ability to work in a self-guided manner, foreseeing potential problems and proactively proposing solutions.
The following are desirable, but not required:
Expertise in mechanisms of influence for mis/disinformation or strategies to counter such messages.
Experience with latent class analysis and propensity-based or other matching methods.
Experience working across multiple projects in a non-academic, client-driven setting.
Experience with business development including creation of strategies, proposals, and budgets.
The Lear Center is located at USCâs University Park campus, but all staff are currently working remotely due to COVID-19. Visa sponsorship is not available.
Please attach a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample (Our system will allow you to add additional documentation by clicking the âuploadâ button in the same section where you attach your resume). Ideally, this should be a research paper or report (or an excerpt thereof) that demonstrates your ability to interpret research findings in lay language.
This is a grant-funded staff position.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of (5) five business days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.
USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans; tuition benefits for staff and their family; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, transit subsidy program, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.
About the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is a national leader in education and scholarship in the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations. With an enrollment of more than 2,200 students, USC Annenberg offers doctoral, master's and bachelor's degree programs, as well as continuing development programs for working professionals across a broad scope of academic inquiry. The school's comprehensive curriculum emphasizes the core skills of leadership, innovation, service and entrepreneurship and draws upon the resources of a networked university located in the media capital of the world. For additional information, see our website: https://annenberg.usc.edu/.
USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email atÂ email@example.com. Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.
Minimum Education:Master's DegreeCombined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience:5 YearsCombined education/experience as substitute for minimum experiencePreferred Education:Doctorate
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.