Post Doctoral Research Associate, EdPolicyWorks

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-11-19
Req: R0020026

EdPolicyWorks, a research center jointly sponsored by the School of Education and Human Development and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, seeks highly qualified applicants for a two-year Post Doctoral Research Associate position. This position is part of two IES-funded research projects under the direction of Luke C. Miller that are both embedded in partnerships with policymakers and practitioners.

Research Projects:

  • Teacher Working Conditions and Equitable Student Outcomes is a mixed methods study that is contributing to our understanding of the relationships between teacher working conditions, teacher retention, and equitable student outcomes using a biennial working conditions survey of all licensed personnel in Virginia public schools, as well as administrative data, and interview data with teachers and principals. This is a partnership between the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and Old Dominion University.
  • Equity in Virginia’s Public Education System: A Longitudinal Examination Spanning the COVID-19 Shutdown will generate much needed analytics to inform Virginia’s pandemic recovery efforts by identifying the short- and medium-term patterns in both student and teacher outcomes around the COVID-19-induced statewide school closures.

Job Description:

  • The post doctoral research associate will fully engage in these studies’ quantitative and qualitative research activities, including authorship of research papers.
  • The post doctoral research associate will be affiliated with the EdPolicyWorks Research Center.
  • The post doctoral research associate should have a demonstrated interest in K-12 education policy, especially as it pertains to improving the quality of teaching and ensuring equitable student outcomes.
  • The post doctoral research associate will become part of a network of post-doctoral trainees at the School of Education and Human Development in research centers including the Center on Educational Policy and Workforce Competitiveness (EdPolicyWorks), the Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), and Youth-Nex.


  • A Ph.D. in Education, Education Policy, Public Policy, or Psychology or a relevant social science discipline is required by the start date of the position.
  • Evidence of substantive knowledge and background in the field of education policy with a focus on quantitative analysis is essential; knowledge and background in qualitative analysis is preferred.
  • Strong project management and communication skills are also required.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status is required.
  • Post-doctoral research associates are appointed annually, and continuation is dependent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.
  • This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.


Review of applications will begin January 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Selected post docs must have completed their PhD and be able to begin work by August 25, 2021.

Please apply through Workday, and search for ‘'Post Doctoral Research Associate, EdPolicyWorks". Complete an application online and attach the following:

  • Cover letter
  • CV/resume
  • Statement of research interest
  • Contact information for three references (name, title, relationship, email address, and telephone number)

Attach all documents into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs'.

For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Luke Miller, Research Associate Professor of Education, and for questions about the application process please contact Bethany Case, Recruiter. For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and

This role is expected to work in the office as necessary (once public health permits) but also with the possibility to work remotely from home. We encourage candidates from Charlottesville and the surrounding region to apply, or candidates who can relocate to the area.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Job No:
Posted: 11/20/2020
Application Due: 4/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time