Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Position Summary

A Researcher Associate (postdoctoral) position is available in the Early Language and Literacy Investigations (ELLI) lab at Michigan State University to contribute to ELLI lab research and assist with several large federally-funded 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 on all aspects of the research process:

  • Data collection in educational settings
  • Advanced statistical analyses
  • Dissemination through publications, presentations and other practitioner-oriented venues
  • Development of grant applications.

The position begins in summer 2018 and renews yearly for up to two years, with the possibility of a third year (depending on federal grant funding). 

Required Degree

Doctorate -Human Development and Family Studies, Ed

Minimum Requirements

To be competitive for the position, the applicant must have demonstrable expertise in early childhood language and literacy development from preschool through early elementary school ages. The applicant must have a record of research productivity through publications and presentations.

Additional consideration will be given for expertise in the application of advanced statistical methods such as:

  • Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Multilevel Modeling and/or Item Response Theory.

Applicants must have a PhD completed in a relevant discipline (e.g., human development and family studies, education, psychology, or similar) before starting in the position.

Desired Qualifications

Applicants should be able to work both independently and as a collaborative team member.

Required Application Materials

Interested applicants should submit the following materials via the online MSU job portal.

  1. Cover letter detailing the applicant’s research interests and fit with the position
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Scholarly writing sample
  4. Names and contact information for three (3) references. The references will be contacted by the department if requested.

Applications from individuals with disabilities and minorities are encouraged.  

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on April 4, 2018 and continue until filled.

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




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Posted: 3/21/2018
Application Due: 12/28/2018
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