University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Institute of Education Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position

Children’s Learning Institute

The Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) within the UTHealth Department of Pediatrics seeks a candidate for postdoctoral research training focused on developmental and academic outcomes of preschool and early elementary children with or at risk for disabilities. Candidates need interest and background in: (1) Early Interventions & Assessments, and/or (2) Scalable Professional Development (PD) for Educators of Young Children. Our training framework is focused on the benefits of Research-Practice Partnerships (RPPs) and developing skills to become valuable partners with practitioners.

This is a competitive training program funded by IES NCSER that will support a total of four fellows for two years each. The Fellows will be matched with one of three primary mentors - Susan Landry, Ph.D., Tricia Zucker, Ph.D., April Crawford, Ph.D. Fellows will also work with secondary mentors, including Yoonkyung Oh, Ph.D., Michael Assel, Ph.D., and Cheryl Varghese, Ph.D. The primary and secondary mentors along with a team of educators, clinicians, and experts will provide training on education research design, partnerships, data collection, statistical analyses, dissemination, and developing grant applications. We expect Fellows will produce scholarly publications, participate in preparation of research grants, and conduct original research within an active project (detailed below).

Topic 1: Early Interventions & Assessments

  1. Expansion of the CIRCLE Progress Monitoring (CPM) System
  2. Development of Reading RULES!
  3. Pre-K Home and Classroom Interventions for Spanish-Speaking English Learners

Topic 2: Scalable Professional Development (PD) for Educators

  1. Developing Talkers: Building Effective Teachers
  2. Continuous Improvement for Teachers

The position is for two years and the salary will be $60,000 annually with benefits. Fellows will receive a small stipend to cover research costs.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in a relevant discipline (e.g., education, public policy, psychology, sociology, or related fields).
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Description of Qualified Candidates:

  • Record of research productivity through publications and presentations related to child development, education, or school-related public policy
  • Skills in applied statistical methods
  • Ability to work both independently and as a collaborative team member
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication
  • Strong organizational skills

Required Application Materials:

Interested applicants should submit the following materials to

  1. A cover letter detailing:
    • The applicant’s research interests and fit with the position
    • How research experience and interests align with one or more active training grants
    • Note that you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., as applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Scholarly writing sample
  4. Names and contact information for three references

UTHealth is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

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Last updated: 2020-10-16