Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Education

Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
01 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
29 Apr 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

The School of Education at Boston University, along with the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at The University of Texas at Austin, are actively seeking applications for one qualified postdoctoral researcher to work under the mentorship of Drs. Amie Grills and Sharon Vaughn on a multisite, NICHD-funded, research grant. This 5-year, multisite randomized clinical trial will evaluate the innovative integration of evidence based practices for reducing anxiety and improving reading among middle grade students who have been struggling with reading. Students in grades 4-5 will be included in this study, which will take place in Austin, TX and Boston, MA area elementary schools. The selected Fellow will be located at the Boston University site and will have a leadership role on this project, assuming responsibilities that may include: (a) assisting in general project oversight, management, and site recruitment; (b) supervising data collection/management and implementation efforts; (c) applying methodological and data analytic approaches in addressing research questions; and (d) collaborating on research presentations, publications, and practice/policy reports. The establishment of unique and independent strands of research culminating in the solicitation of future grant funding will be encouraged. In addition, within this role, the Fellow will receive (a) mentored professional development, independent writing, and grant development; (b) immersion in large-scale research drawing from multiple disciplines (e.g., clinical psychology, special education); (c) didactic research training; and (d) tailored professional development geared towards the Fellow’s career aspirations (e.g., teaching, university leadership experience).  Initial appointment will be for 2-years, with the potential for subsequent reappointment or promotion. 

Required Skills

Qualified applicants will have obtained a degree in a social science field with a focus on developmental science (e.g., clinical psychology, educational psychology, special education, child development/family studies) by the start of the position. Those with a demonstrated publication record or excellent writing ability and a background in clinical child psychology, reading disabilities, and/or school-based intervention delivery are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience with project management and quantitative statistical methods is a plus.

Please send: (1) a cover letter that briefly summarizes qualifications, research experience, and career goals; (2) a complete curriculum vitae; (3) 1-2 publications or writing samples; and (4) two letters of recommendation (at least one from a faculty advisor or mentor). Application materials should be submitted electronically to Dr. Amie E. Grills: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job Location

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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