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Post-Doctoral Research Associate- Tennessee Reading Research Center

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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The Tennessee Reading Research Center (TRRC) is conducting state-level evaluations of literacy initiatives as well as federally funded research to identify effective literacy instructional practices and improve the determination of students’ literacy outcomes. The projects are led by Professor and Director Dr. Deborah K. Reed and assisted by Research Assistant Professor Dr. Anna Gibbs. The TRRC works with a dynamic team of professional and student staff as well as external collaborators from other universities, state education agencies, and school districts.

We seek a postdoctoral fellow to support the development of literacy instructional materials and resources, the implementation of literacy research in school and community settings, and the meta-analysis of research findings. This fellowship will provide opportunities for an early career researcher to contribute to the TRRC’s goal to strengthen causal inferences while developing a range of skills in literacy research. Current projects are conducted with K-12 students in general education and students experiencing various literacy difficulties. Future projects may involve children from birth to age 5.


The fellowship is based in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, a leading educational research institution, located in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Applicants should have a completed doctoral degree in education, communication sciences and disorders, or a related field prior to their first day.

Preferred qualifications include experience developing literacy instructional materials and monitoring their implementation, expertise in scientifically based literacy research, advanced knowledge of measuring students’ literacy abilities, and strong verbal communication and writing skills. Fellows will be expected to produce peer-reviewed journal articles and will have opportunities to present at national conferences.

This position is a full-time, twelve-month appointment with a salary of $62,000, health/dental insurance, and other benefits. UTK strives to provide eligible employees with a comprehensive suite of benefits. For complete information about insurance, retirement, and other available benefits, visit the UT System HR Benefits website. This position is for up to three years, contingent upon mutual agreement and satisfactory annual performance.

The Application review will begin April 11, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled



Applicants should send a detailed CV, a cover letter explaining interest and expertise related to the project, as well as the names and contact information of three references.

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Tennessee Reading Research Center
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Apr 22, 2024, 11:41:04 AM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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