Postdoctoral Research Associate, Youth-Nex

Employer
University of Virginia
Location
Charlottesville, VA

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Position Type
Postdoc
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job location: Charlottesville, VA


Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-11-14
Req: R0029341

The University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development's Center to Promote Effective Youth Development (Youth-Nex) is seeking highly qualified applicants for a one-year Postdoctoral Research Associate position, with the possibility of extension to two years based on an annual basis dependent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. This position is part of a program that trains scholars to conduct research related to promoting effective youth development, intervention, and programming, including preventing problem behaviors. The candidate may support implementation of either or both of the two federally-funded projects described below:

The National Center for Rural School Mental Health (NCRSMH) brings together researchers, clinicians, and rural school partners to conduct research that improves academic and behavioral health outcomes for rural young people. Faculty affiliated with the NCRSMH currently lead projects related to needs assessment, intervention adaptation, training, and implementation of rural school mental health prevention and early intervention services. Partner schools for this project are located in Virginia.

The R-CITY Project a 40-school randomized controlled trial funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01). Over four years, the project aims to test the impacts of an intervention focused on racial equity literacy promotion in elementary and middle schools through a teacher coaching intervention and a teacher-led, classroom-based student curriculum. The partner school system for this project is located in Maryland.

Responsibilities:

  • Run advanced quantitative analyses using software such as Stata, R, Mplus, HLM, and/or SPSS with mentorship and direction from faculty on the broader research team (e.g., Catherine Bradshaw, Jessika Bottiani, Amanda Nguyen, Heather McDaniel, Katrina Debnam).
  • Generate research questions for analysis utilizing quantitative and qualitative data collected from prior trials of prevention programs and frameworks like PBIS, Double Check, Coping Power, MTSS-B.
  • Lead and co-author papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
  • Communicate research findings at key conferences (e.g., Society for Prevention Research, Society for Research in Child Development, Society for Research on Adolescence).
  • Contribute to submission of federal and private grant proposals including to funders (e.g., current and prior funders include Institute of Education Sciences, National Institutes of Health, William T. Grant Foundation).
  • Support the implementation of current trials, which may include research activities related to obtaining, modifying, and continuing institutional review board approval (IRB), developing and refining survey measures, communicating with local district and school partners, supporting data collection including classroom observational and online survey data.
  • Contribute to the intellectual environment of the broader team by keeping current on recent scientific studies and relevant advanced quantitative methods.
  • Support the team with data cleaning and project management tasks as needed.
  • Other tasks including various writing and content creation (e.g., research briefs to partners), tool development, technical assistance, and presentations.

Qualifications:

Education: An earned Ph.D. in a research-oriented Education, Psychology, Public Health or a related, research-focused field is required by the start date of the position.

Experience: Prior experience conducting analyses for, writing, and submitting peer-reviewed journal articles as a first author is required. Prior experience developing content and contributing to submission of a federal or private grant proposal is preferred. One year postdoctoral experience is preferred. The ideal candidate is an early career researcher with a track record of publishing as a first author in scholarly peer-reviewed journals with of focus in school psychology and conducting advanced quantitative statistical analyses. Expertise in mixed methods and qualitative methods is also welcome and supported.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Content expertise in some of the following areas: rural and/or urban K-12 school settings, school climate, multi-tiered systems of support, positive behavior support, social emotional learning, restorative practices, positive and equity-driven school discipline, racial discipline disproportionality, rural school mental health, school-based intervention, teacher professional development and coaching, culturally responsive or sustaining teaching, classroom management, teacher psychological wellbeing and efficacy (including stress and burnout), and implementation/coaching supports.
  • Methods expertise in one or more of the following areas: Classroom observational data collection and analysis; latent variable analyses (person- or variable-centered); multilevel modeling of nested student, classroom, and school-level data; data visualization; longitudinal data analyses; propensity score analysis; classical test theory or item response theory (IRT) based measurement and psychometric analyses; large-scale survey data analysis; research-practice partnerships and conducting applied research in school settings; cost analysis; implementation of cluster and student randomized controlled trials.
  • Administrative expertise: Proficient with Dropbox, Box, Google Suite, Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams), Zoom, Qualtrics or similar survey data collection tools, online software for delivering engaging content such as Nearpod or similar, and ability to learn new software quickly and introduce new useful applications and platforms to the team. An eye for design and visualization of data is preferred.

Physical Demands: This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require walking some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

Anticipated Hiring Range: $55,000 to $60,000 (commensurate with qualifications). For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit postdoc.virginia.edu and https://hr.virginia.edu/benefits.

Application:

For questions about the position, please contact Catherine Bradshaw, and for questions about the application process, please contact Margaret Weeks.

Please apply through Workday, and search for ‘'Postdoctoral Research Associate, Youth-Nex". Complete an application online and attach:

  • Cover letter (addressed to Catherine Bradshaw)
  • CV/resume
  • Two publications/writing samples
  • Statement of research interests
  • Contact information for three references who can comment on your scholarly accomplishments and promise.

Submit all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field, alternatively you can merge your materials together and submit as one. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile. Applications that are missing materials will not receive full consideration.

Research Associates are appointed annually, and continuation is dependent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. Review of applications will begin 10 days after posting and will remain open until filled.


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Note: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how vaccination requirements will apply to you, please visit the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage.

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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In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.

Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).  

As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.

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As an R1 institution, the University’s research centers, consortia and laboratories are on the leading edge of discovery and technology, offering collaborative spaces for students and faculty to solve global problems.

Our professors are recognized members of major national scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty’s engagement in interdisciplinary research is being facilitated by new research institutes specializing in everything from big data to brain functioning, and by cluster hires across schools.

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UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.

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The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.

LIFE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

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