Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Position Summary

A Research Associate position is available in the Early Language and Literacy Investigations (ELLI; lab at Michigan State University to assist with several large federally funded assessment development projects focused on early childhood language and literacy development. The research associate will have the opportunity to work with all three ELLI lab principal investigators in the Human Development and Family Studies department (Ryan P. Bowles, Lori E. Skibbe, and Hope K. Gerde), carrying out advanced statistical analyses, managing data, and disseminating through publications, presentations and other practitioner-oriented venues. The position begins as early as August 2017 and renews yearly for up to two years, with the possibility of a third year (depending on federal grant funding).

To be competitive for the position, the applicant must have demonstrable expertise in the application of contemporary measurement methods such as Item Response Theory, Rasch Measurement, and/or Structural Equation Modeling with categorical outcomes. The ideal applicant will also have research experience in the assessment of early childhood language and literacy skills. Applicants with experience with measurement methods in other applied areas, such as educational assessment for adolescents and adults, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must also have demonstrated experience with scientific communication and the ability to work both independently and as a collaborative team member. Applicants must have a PhD completed in relevant disciplines (e.g., education, psychology, educational statistics, quantitative research methods) before starting in the position.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

  • PhD in a relevant field such as education, psychology, educational statistics, or quantitative research methods before starting the position.
  • Demonstrated experience with scientific communication through publications and presentations. 

Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to work independently and as a collaborative team member.
  • Expertise with measurement methods such as Rasch measurement, Item Response Theory, or Item Factor Analysis.
  • Experience with standard statistical packages such as R, SAS, or SPSS, and specialized software such as Mplus or Winsteps.
  • Experience and/or interest in early childhood language and literacy research.

Required Application Materials

Interested applicants should submit: (1) a cover letter detailing the applicant’s research interests and fit with the position, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) scholarly writing sample, and (4) names and contact information for three references. Applications from individuals with disabilities and minorities are encouraged. 

Special Instructions

Inquiries regarding these positions should be sent to Dr. Ryan P. Bowles ([email protected]).

Review of applications will begin on July 31, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.




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Posted: 7/17/2017
Application Due: 7/17/2018
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