Research Scientist - Network Analysis

  • Center for Creative Leadership
  • Greensboro, NC, USA
  • Jun 13, 2019
Full-time Big Data Business Analytics Data Analysis Data Collection Data Mining Data Visualization R Research SPSS Statistics

Job Description

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), a world-renowned leadership development and research organization, has an opening for a research scientist specializing in network analysis. CCL integrates research and applications to create proven solutions to today’s leadership development challenges.

As a member of the Global Research and Evaluation group at CCL you will work on several different projects related to the study and development of leadership. A primary focus of this position will be applying network science and analysis to aid CCL in its efforts to arrive at a deeper understanding of leadership and to advance leadership development and in applying research to CCL products and services.

Specific duties and responsibilities will vary, but may include: designing research studies, collecting and analyzing data, managing large databases, learning and executing statistical analyses, developing relationships with research collaborators and clients, writing for high-impact journals as well as CEO & managerial audiences, presenting findings to both scientific and practitioner audiences and, working with internal CCL teams to commercialize products and services.

Candidates should have completed their Ph.D. before May 31, 2019 in a relevant field (e.g., I/O Psychology, Management, Organizational Behavior, and Social Psychology) and have up to 5 years of industry experience. A strong methodological, statistical, and theoretical research background as well as past experience presenting at major academic or practitioner conferences are required. The ability to demonstrate knowledge of network science as well as its application to organizational and leadership effectiveness required. Experience leading research projects and publishing in leading academic journals is referred.

The position is available immediately and the start date is negotiable

General Summary

The Research Scientist is a member of the Global Research and Evaluation faculty who makes significant contributions to theories and practice in the fields of leadership, leadership development, or other relevant disciplines. This person is responsible for designing and managing research projects as well as generating innovative ideas and approaches for CCL. A research scientist conducts, interprets, and communicates complex data analysis; presents findings at internationally recognized/high impact/strategic professional conferences and publishes results in peer-reviewed, upper tier journals, books and book chapters, and practice-focused publications.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Identifies promising areas of research and in partnership with others at CCL and designs projects to answer important theoretical and practical questions.
  1. Skillfully aligns research questions with appropriate methods (design, data collection, analyses).
  1. Collects and analyzes data, learning and executing statistical analyses as needed; and protects the security and confidentiality of data collected and analyzed.
  2. Independently and in collaboration with others develops and publishes manuscripts at high-impact scientific journals as well as and non-academic publications for a general business audience.
  3. Serves as subject matter expert for network science and social network analysis. Initiates and maintains relationships with project stakeholders, internal and external collaborators, and clients.
  4. Develops CCL staff/facility capability in network science.
  5. Contributes to CCL’s portfolio and Leadership Analytics Practice. Creates new products or practices based on scientific evidence.
  6. Offers recommendations and insights that drive stronger business outcomes. Addresses needs and concerns of sales teams and clients to ensure the integration of network analytics services into broader CCL solutions.
  7. Identifies funding or revenue sources and proactively pursues opportunities. Works with sales and marketing to review costs, anticipate volume, and develop strategies and plans for network analytics services.
  8. Presents and/or chairs sessions at leading scientific and professional conferences.


  • Requires a Ph.D. in in a relevant field (e.g., I/O Psychology, Management, Organizational Behavior, Social Psychology, Communication Studies, Computer Science)

Experience/Work Background

  • Up to five years’ experience working in academia, corporate business, and/or organizational development fields.
  • Experience using network science, methods and analysis in research is required Experience with advanced statistical research methods is required.
  • Experience working in or consulting with corporations is desirable.

Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  1. Exceptional knowledge of relevant content areas, including but not limited to the fields of management/leadership, organizational development, talent management, adult learning theory, and human resource development.
  2. Effective presentation and interpersonal skills (for interaction with clients, participants, and staff).
  3. Strong statistical skills and experience using statistical software required. Proficiency in R and Git strongly preferred.
  4. Ability to perform successfully as a solo, team, or lead researcher across a range of projects.
  5. Ability to work within a high-paced environment with competing demands while ensuring high-quality work by self and team.
  6. Flexible, adaptable with clients, colleagues and organization needs.
  7. Exceptional organizational and planning skills.
  8. Ability to create research projects and programs using sound theory and research designs.
  9. Some travel may be required for conferences and working with clients as part of ongoing research efforts.