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Postdoctoral Scholar

Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida

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Job ID55717
Tallahassee, FL
Full/Part Time 
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College of Social Work

The primary responsibilities for the 23-24 academic year will be supporting an evaluation of the Florida Institute for Child Welfare's Advanced Certifications (AdCerts) for the child welfare workforce, led by Dr. Boel-Studt. AdCerts are part of the groundbreaking ALIGN initiative at the Florida Institute for Child Welfare's GROW Center. 

You can learn more about these initiatives here

Responsibilities include but are not limited to writing and reviewing reports, designing research studies, preparing grant applications, translating research findings into policy recommendations, assisting with or leading ongoing quantitative and qualitative research as part of the Institute for Quality Children's Services (IQCS). 

You can learn more about the IQCS here

Fellows are encouraged to write for publication and present at state, national, and international conferences. 

Applicant must have received a PhD from an accredited graduate program in social work or related field within the past 5 years of the appointment start date. If the applicant is a current student,a confirmation of eligibility must be submitted. Exceptions can be made on an individual basis when justifiable and accompanied by supporting documents with prior approval from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Confirmation of Eligibility should be emailed as a signed PDF to Dr. Shamra Boel-Studt, Dr. Boel-Studt will respond within 48 business hours to confirm receipt.

Please use subject line: Postdoctoral Candidate Eligibility - [Full Name of Candidate].

Preferred Qualifications
Interest in child welfare workforce issues.

Other Information
The fellowship is designed to support early career scholars who have an interest in child welfare research and policy. The recipient of this fellowship will have extensive opportunities to network with child welfare policymakers, providers, and scholars throughout the state of Florida and nationally. 

The recipient will be supervised and mentored by Dr. Shamra Boel-Studt, Associate Professor in the College of Social Work and Director of the Institute for Quality Children's Services at Florida State University. 

University Information
One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news!

Learn more about our university and campuses.

Anticipated Salary Range
The anticipated salary will be $55,553.

How To Apply
If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

All applicants must upload the following documents in their application:

Cover letter
Curriculum Vitae
Statement of Research
Two (2) writing samples (e.g., peer-reviewed publications, reports, research briefs)
Contact details for two (2) academic or professional references (not written letters of recommendation)
The Fellowship will be in place October 1, 2023 -June 30, 2024, with the possibility of renewal, depending on performance and available funding with a maximum total tenure of four (4) years.

This is an OPS/temporary job.

Based on the duties, this position may require completion of a criminal history background check.

This fellowship is remote eligible. 

Occasional evening or weekend work may be needed depending on specific project needs.

Equal Employment Opportunity
An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be accessed at:


Working at Florida State University

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University — with the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation, Doctoral/Research University-Extensive — offers a distinctive academic environment built on its cherished values and unique heritage, welcoming campus on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, championship athletics, and prime location in the heart of the state capital.

Combining traditional strength in the arts and humanities with recognized leadership in the sciences, Florida State University provides unmatched opportunities for students and faculty through challenging academics, cultural discovery and community interaction.

Underlying and supporting the educational experience at Florida State University is the development of new generations of citizen leaders, based on the concepts inscribed in our seal: Vires, Artes, Mores — Strength, Skill and Character.

Epitomized by recently named Rhodes Scholars Garrett Johnson and Myron Rolle — elite athletes and scholars committed to public service — and Joseph O'Shea — a campus and community leader as well as a top scholar — Florida State's 40,000 students are dedicated to academic excellence and providing leadership in our complex world.

Florida State University's 16 colleges offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law, covering a broad array of disciplines critical to society today. Each year the University awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees.

With its impressive breadth of leading graduate, professional and undergraduate programs, Florida State University is a demanding, intellectually stimulating, yet warm and caring environment for students and faculty. Recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity, Florida State University is a national leader in the number of doctorates awarded to African-American students and in the graduation rate of African-American undergraduates. Its College of Medicine and College of Law are ranked in the nation's Top 10 for Hispanic students.

Florida State University's arts programs — dance, film, music and theatre — rank among the finest in the world, offering an arts education comparable to leading conservatories. Its creative writing program is ranked among the nation's best and is home to the most consistently honored and published student body in the United States. Florida State is responsible for governance of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and associated arts programs, one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation.

Other programs consistently included in the top public university list include physics, chemistry, political science, psychology, criminology, public administration, library science, information, human sciences, business and law.

At the Ph.D. level, interdisciplinary programs draw on notable research faculty strengths that transcend the traditional disciplines, including neuroscience, molecular biophysics, computational science, materials science and research at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory—home to the world's most powerful magnets.

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