Graduate Research Assistant - 12132BR

Graduate Research Assistant

Bureau of Child Research
Kansas City, Kansas
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Position Overview

Researchers at the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, a community-based research center with the University of Kansas, are leading a national collaboration of researchers, practitioners, policymakers and funders to develop solutions to the problem of the “word gap” in early exposure to talk experienced by young children from low-income families. We have carried out several research syntheses to identify what is known about effective strategies for promoting children’s language growth and to determine where research gaps exist. Our current work focuses on developing intervention studies that will address the research gaps in the literature.

We are seeking a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) to work 40% FTE (hours per week) for the next year of the project (1 year). The GRA will work under the guidance of the Project Co-Principal Investigators and the Project Coordinator on to plan and create materials to implement a language intervention study in multiple sectors in the community. The GRA will attend regular project meetings and will be responsible primarily for and assist with BWG related intervention studies. The GRA will also be available to the Executive Team to assist with the completion of project-specific tasks.

The GRA will be expected to work independently with guidance from the Project Co-Principal Investigators and the Project Coordinator. The GRA will be expected to have a background in early childhood education or a related field, and knowledge about practice and policy related to interventions for supporting children’s language growth aimed at parents, teachers, child care providers, and/or community-implementers. Candidate must have transportation and must successfully pass a background check. Please note that all offers of employment are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the background check. Continuation is dependent on yearly funding and satisfactory annual evaluation.

The position is located in Kansas City, Kansas in the Children’s Campus of Kansas City Building, 444 Minnesota Ave, Suite 300, Kansas City KS 66101.

Job Description

1. Assist the Co-PIs and Coordinator in planning and carrying out the BWG Research Network multisector pilot study in collaboration with the Center for Community and Health Development (80%)
​2. Assist Co-PIs, Coordinator, and Leadership Team in preparation and dissemination of project information through traditional academic journals, research briefs, newsletters, and webinars (10%).
3. Assist the Co-PIs and Coordinator with completing the overall network activities including work plans and deliverables for all work groups (10%).

Required Qualifications

1. KU student must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours each semester during the academic year. Enrollment of one credit hour during the summer session is required if the student was not enrolled the previous spring or is not pre-enrolled in the upcoming fall term.
2. Accepted in or part of KU graduate program in Early Childhood, Special Education, Speech-Language Pathology, School Psychology, Child Psychology, Psychology or related field, as evidenced in application materials.
3. Excellent organizational skills as evidenced by application materials.
​4. Two-year minimum computer word-processing data-base knowledge, as evidenced in application materials.
5. Excellent English written and oral communication skills as evidenced by application materials, interview performance and references.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, School Psychology, Child Psychology, Early Childhood Special Education, Psychology, or related field.
​2. Experience working on a research team related to early intervention or early childhood development
​3. Coursework in research design
​4. Experience working with diverse people in a variety of situations.
​5. Ability to work independently and attend to details as demonstrated in work experience.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Please submit an online application, cover letter, resume or vitae and contact information for three professional references.

Contact Information to Applicants

If you have questions about the position, you may email Dr. Alana Schnitz at For questions about the application process, you may contact Diana Skill at 913-735-2612.

Advertised Salary Range

$17.00 - $20.00 hourly commensurate with education and experience

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Bureau of Child Research
Kansas City, Kansas
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