Postdoctoral Researcher - 24428BR

Postdoctoral Researcher

Bureau of Child Research
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment: 
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Postdoctoral Training Program at the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD) is searching for a Postdoctoral Researcher to support research on self-determination, transition and community engagement. To support development of an independent line of research, this position is designed to provide opportunities and mentorship to advance skills in research project implementation and management, grant writing, and information dissemination needed for research faculty positions. This position will work across projects to contribute to the development of new and implementation of existing funded research projects, advance inclusive research practices, assist with research grant development, and author or co-author scientific papers or other dissemination products for presentation and publication. These research projects include focus in the following areas:
  • Large-scale training and coaching for self-determination intervention to support youth and young adults to engage in goal setting, action planning, and self-evaluation activities
  • Community-engaged research with young adults and adults with intellectual and development disabilities to build systems of support for decision making, self-determination, and employment
  • Advancing inclusive research by establishing best practices to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate in all phases of the research process
  • Research focused on implementing evidence-based interventions, aligned with the tenets of implementation science
The University of Kansas, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD) is recognized as a leading research center in the field of disability. KUCDD implements and conducts grant-funded projects focusing on (a) applied research on effective assessment and intervention practices with a particular focus on self-determination, transition to employment, supported decision making and (b) interdisciplinary training in the disability field. KUCDD is part of the Life Span Institute (LSI), a leading research unit at the University of Kansas. The KUCDD maintains facilities on the University of Kansas Lawrence campus and at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City. As a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the core functions of the KUCDD are:
  • Community Services (including technical assistance, community education, and direct services)
  • Information Dissemination
  • Interdisciplinary Training
  • Research
This position is located at the University of Kansas-Lawrence, and hybrid and remote options may be available.

KUCDD research staff are expected to actively engage in research projects and disseminate research results through print, online resources, and direct, in-person presentation of information. KUCDD is committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive research and educational environment for faculty, staff and students. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, KUCDD actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education, including people with disabilities.

Job Description

The postdoctoral researcher position at KUCDD will be limited term through August 31, 2024, with the possibility of renewal contingent on availability of funding. This is a full-time, benefits eligible position with a salary range of $55,000 - $60,000 annually.

Under the supervision and mentorship of the leadership of KUCDD, the postdoctoral researcher will advance their training in research in the disability field, including focus on areas such as: self-determination assessment and instruction; transition to post-secondary education and employment, and/or supported decision making; community engagement; and inclusive research. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and interest in self-determination research, community engaged research, or implementing evidence-based best practices, have experience working with people with disabilities, and have previous experience with funded research studies.

Job Description:
40% - Research Project Implementation Support - Contribute and increasingly take on leadership roles related to the development of new and implementation of existing, funded research projects in the areas of self-determination, transition, community engagement, and inclusive research.
  • Manage study activities (e.g., data collection, data management, data analyses) required to meet project objectives under direction of the Director of KUCDD
  • Develop and deliver training protocols and support materials related to interventions around self-determination and inclusive research
  • Assist with conducting analyses of data from research projects that use the Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction (SDLMI), the Self-Determined Career Design Model (SDCDM), the Self-Determination Inventory and other interventions and assessments designed to increase self-determination
  • Supervise and provide mentorship for graduate or undergraduate students working in support of research project goals
  • Secure IRB approval for study tasks when appropriate and ensure that research integrity policies are followed for all research involving human subjects
  • Prepare and submit progress reports to federal and other funding agencies
25% - Research Grant Development Support - Assist with and increasingly take on leadership roles related to the development of grant proposals to support research activities relevant to the mission of KUCDD.
  • Develop or edit language for narrative grant components
  • Communicate with established research partners to solicit letters of support as required
  • Coordinate input from resource teams within the KU Life Span Institute (project development, finance and planning, communication) during grant preparation
25% - Dissemination of Research Findings
  • Write technical reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, or other manuscripts related to research project activities and analyses
  • Disseminate and present findings and research activities at local, state, and national meetings and conferences.
  • Develop publications to advance an independent line of research
  • Support plain language dissemination of research findings
10% - Service - Provide service to the profession, university, and community/public service.
  • Engage and participate in community, state, and national meetings or groups that focus on self-determination, , transition to post-secondary education and employment, or supports needs assessment
  • Participate in at least one professional association as a member and in association operations
  • Provide service to the field as a reviewer of research publications, and consultant for government agencies and foundations and other funding agencies
  • Provide consultation or educational support to local community groups or agencies
  • Participate in KUCDD team meetings and events

Required Qualifications

  1. Doctorate degree in education (including special education), psychology (including clinical psychology), health and social sciences, disability studies, or related area.
  2. Two years of experience with research and publication record in areas such as or related to: self-determination assessment and instruction; transition to post-secondary education and employment, and/or inclusive research as indicated by application materials.
  3. Demonstrated strong professional writing skills, including research reports, peer-reviewed research articles, other print and electronic publications and experience presenting at conferences and professional meetings as indicated by application materials.

NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD conferred at the time of hire. 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. Upon verification of degree the appointment will be extended to its full duration.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. One year of project coordination experience for a research project related to areas such as: self-determination; transition to post-secondary education and employment; or inclusive research.
  2. Specific knowledge and interest in self-determination or community engaged research as indicated by application materials and interview.
  3. Two years of experience participating in and contributing to approaches to training (in-person and virtual) and research that uses interdisciplinary teams and varied perspectives.
  4. Strong organizational and communication skills as demonstrated by application materials and interview.
  5. Experience working with people with disabilities or their families.
  6. Two years of proficiency with software such as Excel, SPSS, SAS, or R.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes:
  • Cover Letter indicating how your skills and experience contribute to research at KUCDD.
  • Resume/CV
  • Contact information for three professional references
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • UPDATE: Initial application review begins March 13th, 2023, and will continue until a qualified pool of applicants is received.

Contact Information to Applicants

Karrie Shogren, Ph.D
Director, KU Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD)

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40 hours/week

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Bureau of Child Research
Primary Campus:
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
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