Post-Doctoral Researcher - 10580BR

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Department: 
Achievement & Assessment Inst
Location/Division: 
Lawrence
Reg/Temp: 
Regular
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation is seeking candidates for a post-doctoral researcher position. This position will be for two years with renewal for year two dependent on satisfactory performance in year one. The post-doctoral researcher will support the development and refinement of learning map models representing student learning for English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science. The maps represent multiple pathways for acquiring knowledge, skills and understanding both for typically developing students and students with significant cognitive disabilities from infancy through high school. Because this work involves multiple academic content areas, this position is not specific to a particular discipline. The post-doctoral research associate will review available empirical research related to the development and acquisition of skills across multiple content areas and contribute to the development and refinement of the learning map models. In addition, this work will advance the validity of the maps and their usability by educators to accurately assess student learning and to develop effective instruction for all students. Finally, the position will entail communicating findings in multiple contexts including professional presentations and publications.

Job Description

30% - Conduct literature searches on developmental theories and empirical research focusing on how students develop the skills contributing to the acquisition of academic targets in ELA, math, and science. Synthesize findings from searches and identify critical cognitive and academic skills that contribute to content-area learning.

30% - Work with a multidisciplinary team to refine maps based on literature and empirical evidence. Review the existing map sections covering the academic targets and the critical skills supporting them to identify any missing skills or connections between them. Edit map sections include any additional critical skills and connections to make them better reflect the developmental and empirical research covering the academic targets.

25% - Produce professional documents and presentations for dissemination to communicate findings to the larger scientific and educational community, e.g., manuscripts submitted to peer reviewed journals, technical documentation, and presentations at national conferences.

15% - Consult with experts to identify seminal literature and to develop potential map pathways to represent skill acquisition when empirical literature is limited (i.e., skill acquisition for students with particular sensory disabilities – vision, hearing, mobility).

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in a discipline related to education or human behavior such as early childhood or elementary education, special education, educational psychology, developmental psychology cognitive psychology, or learning sciences.
  • Academic or professional experience conducting, documenting, and synthesizing developmental and empirical research (especially experience using key word searches within traditional academic databases, as well as Google scholar, hand searches of journals, author-specific searches, etc.).
  • Successful experience working in a multidisciplinary, team-based environment as evidenced by work history, professional training or a combination of both.
  • Experience using complex spreadsheets and databases as evidenced by previous work history or professional training.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills for scholarly and practitioner audiences.

Note: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis not to exceed 6 months.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the skills and abilities contributing to developing ELA, math, or science proficiency.
  • Knowledge of child development and the impact of disabilities on skill acquisition.
  • Knowledge of principles of universal design for learning and assessment.
  • Prior work on projects related to contemporary academic content standards, including Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes online application, resume/CV, cover letter highlighting qualifications and including specific examples of experience regarding the required and preferred qualifications, and contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

Application review begins January 12, 2018.

Contact Information to Applicants

Victoria King; kingv@ku.edu

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $48,000

Application Review Begins

12-Jan-2018

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Posting Information
Posting ID:
10580BR
Department:
Achievement & Assessment Inst
Location/Division:
Lawrence
Reg/Temp:
Regular
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
Application Review Begins:
12-Jan-2018
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