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 focused on early childhood language and literacy development.

The Research Associate will work primarily with iWRITE principal investigator Hope K. Gerde and will also have the opportunity to work with the other two ELLI lab principal investigators in the Human Development and Family Studies department (Ryan P. Bowles and Lori E. Skibbe) on all aspects of the research process.

The responsibilities of the Research Associate will include:

  •  Assist with the iWRITE project, a large federally-funded project to support children’s development of writing skills in preschool
  • 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, dependent on performance, for up to two years, with the possibility of a third year (depending on federal grant funding). 

Required Degree

Doctorate - relevant discipline (e.g., human development and family studies, education, psychology, or similar)

Minimum Requirements

The applicant must have demonstrable expertise in early childhood language and literacy development with interest in early writing development and/or teacher professional development.

The applicant must have a record of research productivity through publications and presentations.

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

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

Desired Qualifications

Expertise in educational intervention research or the application of advanced statistical methods; Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Required Application Materials

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

  • Cover letter detailing the applicant’s research interests and fit with the position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Scholarly writing sample
  • Names and contact information for three references who will only be contacted if the department requests

Applications from individuals with disabilities and minorities are encouraged.  

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on April 18, 2018 and continue until filled.

Inquiries regarding the position should be sent to Dr. Hope K. Gerde ([email protected]).




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Posted: 4/11/2018
Application Due: 5/4/2018
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