Postdoctoral Position in K-3 Early Literacy: Personalized Diagnosis and Intervention

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
07 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
05 May 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Postdoctoral Position in K-3 Early Literacy: Personalized Diagnosis and Intervention

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Position Description

The READS Lab at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education seeks a postdoctoral fellow with expertise in K-3 early literacy. The focus of this postdoctoral fellowship is to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of a large-scale approach to personalized diagnosis and intervention. The postdoctoral fellow will be part of a new partnership focused on improving K to Grade 3 literacy outcomes in an urban district.

Duties may vary according to candidate interests, but include the following:

  • Working as part of a collaborative team with faculty and advanced graduate students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on the development and study of summer reading interventions.
  • Overseeing, and recruiting and training as necessary, graduate student staff who will be helping with data collection, analysis, and dissemination of findings.
  • Coordinating analysis of usage and classroom fidelity data with other sources of student achievement data.
  • Participating as a thought partner in all aspects of the study including analysis and reports, operational timelines and resource needs, and helping to design other dissemination / communication activities.
  • Engaging in outreach to teachers, schools, and districts involved in this study and others who may wish to learn more about READs Lab and the way in which data supports the intervention.

The postdoctoral fellow appointed will receive mentorship and training in a number of areas. Their orientation will include an overview of all related research being conducted by the team of researchers leading the project. Career counseling will be provided, as will guidance on the preparation of manuscripts, conference presentations, and grant proposals. The principal investigator leading the intervention team will help the postdoctoral fellow to develop a professional network valuable for attaining a position once the fellowship has concluded.

The appointment will begin as soon as possible (no later than June 1, 2018) and would run for one year, with a second year possible contingent on performance.

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Basic Qualifications

Candidates must have an earned doctoral degree in an appropriate discipline prior to starting the appointment. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated ability to engage in creative scholarship/research. Specifically, the successful applicant will have a demonstrated ability to develop personalized interventions in the home and/or school contexts and be able to use a variety of methodologies to evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions (e.g., as measured by data on engagement and/or knowledge/skill development). The postdoctoral fellow will work with a collaborative team of university faculty, graduate students, and K-12 systems leaders and classroom teachers. As such, they should enjoy being part of a team environment.

Additional Qualifications

Attributes of the ideal candidate for this position include:

  • Deep content knowledge in early literacy research
  • Deep knowledge of how screener data can inform the development of personalized interventions
  • An interest in the potential of educational technologies to support literacy development both in school and at home
  • Experience working within a design-based research (DBR) framework
  • Experience using a range of methodologies to develop and study personalized innovation work
  • Strong quantitative skills (intermediate to advanced level programming skills in STATA, R)

Special Instructions

For information about the Harvard Graduate School of Education, please visit our web site: www.gse.harvard.edu.

Contact Information

Contact Email barbara_gilbert@gse.harvard.edu

Equal Opportunity Employer

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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Applicant Documents Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter

Optional Documents