Posted: Mar 28, 2023

Senior Researcher

Basis Policy Research - Grand Rapids, MI
Salary: Annually
Application Deadline: N/A

Basis Policy Research (Basis) seeks a full-time Senior Researcher. Senior Researchers are responsible for leading rigorous studies in the areas of early childhood, K-12 education, housing, and/or workforce development. Qualified candidates will have experience in all phases of the applied research process, from crafting the study concept to securing funding to analyzing data to producing final deliverables. Senior Researchers lead multiple research projects and teams. Strong, demonstrated skills in quantitative methods and experience in statistical programming are preferred.


Doctorate in a social science field, preferably economics, education, public policy, political science, psychology, or statistics


  • Leading externally funded applied research projects
  • Managing research teams
  • Writing research grants and proposals
  • Securing data from external partners (executing data sharing agreements)
  • Using primary and secondary data sources and qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Expertise in areas of early childhood, K-12 education, housing, or workforce development
  • Working directly with funding organizations such as federal and state government agencies, philanthropic organizations, and non-profits

Essential Skills, Abilities, and Dispositions

  • Advanced statistical programming skills (Stata or R)
  • Designing and conducting quasi-experimental and experimental studies
  • Analyzing longitudinal administrative data
  • Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple timelines
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative while working collaboratively across and within teams
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; ability to effectively share technical information with policymakers, practitioners, and other relevant stakeholders
  • Actively contribute to a workplace that values and promotes a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion

Preferred Locations*

  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Denver, CO
  • Raleigh, NC

* Remote options available in other locations depending on experience and qualifications


Competitive compensation and benefits, commensurate with experience

How To Apply:

Please email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three professional references to [email protected].

Equal Opportunity Employer

Basis Policy Research is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse staff and a workplace environment that is free of discrimination and harassment of any kind. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.