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Post Doctoral Fellow, CASTL

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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The School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia seek applicants for a U.S Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences funded Post-doctoral Research Fellow. The goal of post-doctoral training program is to prepare early career scholars with the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct high-quality, scientifically valid special education research that is relevant and accessible to education stakeholders such as practitioners and policymakers in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Specifically, the goal of this postdoctoral training program is to prepare researchers to engage in rigorous research related to the developmental needs to individuals with ASD and the factors that can enhance school achievement. This role has an anticipated start date of Fall 2022.


  • Incumbents will present research findings at professional conferences and in scholarly journals, as well as work on academic publishing with the Principal Investigator and other Research Associates and Faculty.
  • They will have the opportunity to attend research meetings and workshops within the University and externally as appropriate and participating in the research speaker series.
  • The scholar will also receive mentoring on ways to improve teaching and mentoring skills, the preparation of grant proposals, and responsible research practices. Incumbents may attend as time permits regularly scheduled research-related activities at the University of Virginia in the areas of research methods, autism, and special education.
  • The Post-doctoral Research Fellow oversees data collection, ensures data integrity in collection and entry into database.
  • This position will undertake data analysis and reporting for the research team, as well as summarize data analysis and reporting for the research team in drafting reports based on results of data analysis.
  • Incumbents work with the supervisor and the team to develop communication products that highlight lessons learn from the redesign efforts.
  • Additionally, this Fellow will work with the supervisor to improve research design skills and knowledge of research methodology, as well as assist the research team in designing and implementing an evaluation of leadership preparation programs engaged in a redesign project.
  • Incumbents will design a methodological strategy for gathering and analyzing baseline, develop strategy on how to implement methodology, and coordinate the implementation of data gathering methods.


  • An earned doctorate in Special Education or related field, with an interest in developing or further developing research strength in the area of autism, specific to implementing evidence-based practices in school settings.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are essential.
  • Physical Demands: 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.

Anticipated Salary: ~ $60K, commensurate with the candidate's experience and qualifications.


For questions about the position, please contact Emily Solari, Professor, and for questions about the application process please contact Margaret Weeks. Post-doctoral fellows are appointed annually, and continuation is dependent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. Applicant review will begin November 2nd, and new applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as the posting will remain open until filled. Selected trainees must have completed their PhD and be able to begin work by August 1, 2022.

Please apply through Workday, and search for “Post Doctoral Fellow". Complete an application online and attach:

  • Cover letter.

  • CV/resume.

  • Contact information for at least 3 professional references.

Attach all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, please combine all into one PDF. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs'. Applications missing materials will not be considered.

For more information on Post-doctoral Fellows at UVA, visit and

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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.

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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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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.


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The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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