The Parents Promoting Early Learning (PPEL) project at the University of Pittsburgh directed by Drs. Heather Bachman, Melissa Libertus, and Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal is currently looking for a post-doctoral fellow to support our interdisciplinary research on home environment influences on children's early math skills in socioeconomically diverse families. The PPEL project is housed in the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh, an interdisciplinary center that brings together researchers in the cognitive, social, psychological, and educational sciences.
The position involves working collaboratively with a research team and assisting with the data management, analysis, and manuscript preparation for two large, federally funded longitudinal studies of toddlers and preschoolers. The ideal candidate will demonstrate strong skills in generating and testing hypotheses regarding SES, child and family characteristics, and parenting influences on school readiness generally, and math development specifically, during early childhood. The position provides opportunities for leadership roles on manuscripts. Ideal candidates would bring mixed methods experience in qualitative interview coding, observational coding, and longitudinal data analysis. Additionally, the post-doctoral fellow will assist the PIs in managing a team of Research Assistants in data collection and processing efforts.
Please email a letter of interest including a statement of research, a curriculum vita, three representative publications, and names and contact information for three individuals who can be contacted for a reference to Juliana Kammerzell, Project Coordinator for the PPEL project (email@example.com). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date is March 1, 2021, but later start dates are negotiable. The position is for one year initially with the strong possibility of renewal for 1-2 additional years with satisfactory performance. Salary is commensurate with experience. Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. Questions can be directed to Heather Bachman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal (email@example.com).
The University of Pittsburgh is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Child Abuse Clearance, Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check, and FBI Criminal Record Check will be required for employment in this position.
Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, Applied Developmental Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, or a related field
Training in one of more of the following areas including cognition, mathematics development, spatial cognition, executive functioning, parenting practices, and community-based research
Experience working with diverse children/families in research settings
Experience with managing and cleaning large data sets
Strong analytical skills for quantitative data, including proficiency with SPSS, Mplus, and/or R, and/or qualitative data, including proficiency with NVivo or Dedoose
Excellent scientific writing and communication skills
Ability to work independently as well as part of a team in a research environment
Desired, but not required: Ability to travel to off-site locations that may not be accessible by public transportation