The Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools (CYFS) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is pleased to offer a one-year post-doctoral research fellowship beginning August 1, 2017, with the possibility of an extension for a second year, in the area of statistical approaches and research methods for the educational and social-behavioral sciences. The purpose of this fellowship is to promote the development and application of advanced statistical techniques and methodological approaches to support the conduct of methodologically-rigorous research on educational and behavioral interventions.
Purpose of Fellowship
The primary responsibility of this fellowship will be to engage with research teams in CYFS and provide methodological and analytic support (e.g., multilevel and longitudinal modeling, structural equation modeling, item response theory, etc.) to longitudinal educational intervention projects focused on parent-child relationships, teacher-parent partnerships and child learning during the preschool and early elementary period. The fellow will support and contribute to high-quality, rigorous research analyses that advance the knowledge base in ways that inform educational policy and practice.
Brief Description of Fellowship
Throughout the fellowship, the fellow will work closely with lead investigators and research teams within CYFS. Training of the fellow will occur in the context of a program that provides (a) mentorship in professional development, independent writing, and grant development; and (b) immersion in largescale, federally-funded educational research interventions. The fellow will be expected to contribute to advanced analyses of educational intervention data culminating in publications and presentations, addressing questions with relevance to both methodological theory and educational practice. An Individualized Development Plan with benchmarks and products (e.g., publications, grant projects, presentations) will be constructed with the fellow within the first month of residence.
Qualifications and Application Procedures
Qualified applicants will have obtained a doctoral degree in quantitative methods, psychometrics, or a social science field with an emphasis in quantitative methods by June 30, 2017. Training and interest in either (a) latent variable modeling approaches such as item response theory, structural equation modeling, latent class analysis, and/or a related approach; and/or (b) modeling approaches for complex sampling frameworks such as hierarchical linear modeling, multilevel modeling, or mixed modeling is required. Interests in methodological applications relevant to the areas of educational interventions, rural education, and/or early childhood are preferred. Experience or interest in applied statistics and/or experimental design is also desirable.
The following application materials are required: (a) a cover letter describing methodological and statistical training, professional research interests, research experience, and professional development and research goals to be pursued during the fellowship; (b) a complete vita; and (c) two letters of recommendation (at least one from a faculty advisor or mentor). Application materials should be submitted electronically by April 30, 2017 to Dr. Lisa Knoche at email@example.com. Questions regarding the position or requests for assistance can be directed to Dr. Knoche via email or phone (402) 472-4821.
About Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln (http://www.unl.edu/) is the flagship institution of the University of Nebraska four-campus system. The UNL campus is home to 26,000 students from more than 135 countries. CYFS, a UNL Program of Excellence, is a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary research Center that is home to a plethora of funded research studies spanning early education and development, p...sychosocial development and behavioral health, academic intervention and learning, rural education research, and research and evaluation methods. It houses several core supports for the purpose of identifying, developing, and executing grant-funded projects. It is home to the Nebraska Academy for Measurement, Analytics and Psychometrics (MAP Academy), inclusive of PhD and Master’s level methodologists with extensive experience in statistical methods, quantitative research design methodology, qualitative and mixed methods, psychometrics, measurement, and evaluation. It also houses the Nebraska Academy for Research in Early Childhood. For more information about CYFS, our research programs, and affiliated academies, please see http://www.cyfs.unl.edu/
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