Postdoctoral Fellow

Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Sep 30, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Job Code/Title PD - Post Doctoral Position Number P00001 Working Title Postdoctoral Fellow Department SOEFoundations: MERC Organizational Overview

At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity, service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. A premier, urban, public research university nationally recognized as one of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place to work. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supported and your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leave package, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and an opportunity to do mission-driven work.

Recruitment Pool All Applicants Anticipated Hiring Range $50,000 Campus Monroe Park Campus Position Type Post Doc Hours/Week 40 Normal work days Monday-Friday Normal work hours Business Hours Job Category Research Does this position provide patient or clinical services to the VCU Health System? No Does this position require a pre-placement medical assessment? No Is any portion of this position grant-funded? Yes - Continuation of this position depends on funding of the grant. Sensitive Position No Resource Critical Yes Description of the Job

The Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium ( MERC ) within the School of Education is seeking to hire a postdoctoral fellow. This postdoc position will work within MERC to support the research and evaluation activities of two externally funded projects and lead specific data collection, analysis and dissemination efforts.
Part of this position will involve serving on a team for a longitudinal, mixed-methods evaluation of CodeRVA Regional High School (about 15 hours per week). Job responsibilities will include regular observation of events and presentations, assistance with data collection and analysis, maintenance of records and documentation related to data collection, IRB support, literature review, and instrument development. The postdoctoral fellow will have primary responsibility for editing and formatting of reports; ensuring that reporting materials are prepared and available to the school and team members; and managing recruitment of qualitative research participants, and scheduling tasks associated with qualitative research. The postdoctoral fellow will also be responsible for scheduling observation coverage of school events. This position will also be expected to attend bi-weekly team meetings.
The second part of this position involves supporting efforts to conduct a large-scale evaluation of a Regional Teacher Residency program. Responsibilities include assisting with quantitative survey, qualitative interview and focus groups, and classroom observations data collections and analyses, providing IRB support, conducting related literature reviews, and assisting with reporting writing and dissemination. The postdoctoral fellow will lead specific data collection activities and analyses depending on experience.

Required Qualifications

-Experience designing, directing, and conducting significant program evaluations in education or related fields
-Experience with a variety of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis techniques
-Knowledge of SPSS and/or other advanced statistical software, included qualitative data analysis software such as Atlas.ti
-Demonstrated ability to pursue external evaluation contracts and grant funding opportunities
-Strong writing skills
-Strong interpersonal skills
- Experience working as part of a team-based or collaborative research or evaluation project
-Strong computer technology skills
-Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU
-PhD in education, research, or a related field

Preferred Qualifications

-Prior work in PK12 public education
-Record of scholarly publications and presentations
-Experience pursuing external funding
-Demonstrated work (e.g. practice, research, and/or scholarship) in advancing access, equity, and quality education for learners from historically marginalized and underrepresented minority populations living in poverty and/or the educators that serve them

Job Open Date 09/30/2020 Remove from posting on or before 10/16/2020 Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants Additional Information Quick Link Supplemental Questions

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