Postdoctoral Research Training Focused on Autistic
Adolescents and Young Adults
We are pleased to announce a joint postdoctoral position between
the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP; https://juniper.ku.edu) and the Kansas
University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD; https://kucdd.ku.edu) focused on autism.
Drs. Brian Boyd (JGCP Director) and Karrie Shogren (KUCDD Director)
are currently seeking one Postdoctoral Researcher interested in
developing expertise in school-based interventions for adolescents
and young adults. The intervention will primarily focus on
improving the self-determination skills of autistic adolescents and
young adults. The position will be a full-time (1.0 FTE)
research-dedicated fellowship of up to 2 years. The overall goal of
the postdoctoral fellowship is to prepare trainees to develop an
understanding of the content knowledge, methodological skills, and
competitive proposal development skills necessary to conduct the
next generation of applied and translational research to advance
knowledge related to autism and other intellectual and/or
The Postdoctoral Researcher will receive training in grant
proposal development, intervention trial design, an evidence-based
intervention focused on self-determination, implementation science,
and have access to secondary databases containing a wealth of
behavioral information and assessments on autistic children and
adolescents. The trainee will be expected to contribute to the
conduct of ongoing research projects, write manuscripts for
publication, submit an external grant to attempt to secure
independent funding, and disseminate work at professional
conferences and meetings.
The trainee will be primarily housed at the JGCP, a
community-based urban research facility affiliated with the
Institute for Life Span Studies at the University of Kansas. The
trainee will have frequent interactions with and access to
co-mentors at the KUCDD to provide an environment that fosters
collaboration, provides opportunities for networking, and expands
research knowledge and training. The JGCP is located in the
Children’s Campus of Kansas City Building, 444 Minnesota Ave, Suite
300, Kansas City, KS 66101.
This position requires a two-year commitment and location within
the Kansas City-Lawrence, KS area. Continuation after one year also
is dependent on yearly funding and satisfactory annual
Funding source mandates that applicants must be U.S.
citizen or permanent resident. The successful candidate
must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before
Underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
This position may be a hybrid of on-site work and telework as
deemed by supervisor.
Fellows will be tasked with the following responsibilities:
- 50% - Work with Drs. Boyd and Shogren to design and complete
research projects focused on applied and translational research
relevant to autistic individuals and those with other intellectual
and/or developmental disabilities. This could include analysis of
existing data from intervention studies, the conduct and
implementation of new studies focused on improving outcomes,
helping to maintain active IRBs for projects, supervising study
personnel, administering clinical assessments, collecting
observational data in schools or other community settings, and
assisting in database entry and management as well as data
- 15% - Assist with grant preparation activities including
literature reviews, pilot studies, and grant application
submissions in order to learn how to write a competitive
- 15% - Produce professional research documents and
communications for dissemination of findings to the larger
community of researchers, submit to peer-reviewed journals and
professional organizations for presentation at national
- 10% - Work with research mentors and other collaborators to
prepare and submit a grant application for external funding.
- 5% - Attend agreed upon courses and seminars to increase
knowledge in the content and methods foci of the postdoc.
- 5% - Develop, maintain, and evaluate an annual Individual
Fellow Plan (IFP) based on the Postdoctoral Researcher’s strengths,
challenges, and interests that can be used to organize and evaluate
individual progress in the training program.
- This position may be a hybrid of on-site work and telework, as
deemed by supervisor.
- PhD in a discipline related to the learning, education, and
development of autistic persons such as language/communication
disorders, special education, occupational therapy, or the
psychology disciplines (e.g., clinical, developmental, educational,
school psychology, etc.).
- At least two years of doctoral or combined
doctoral/postdoctoral experience conducting research related to
studies of autism or intellectual / developmental disabilities as
evidenced by application materials.
- Excellent writing skills as evidenced by quality of application
materials, peer-reviewed publications, or submitted writing
NOTE: To be appointed as a Postdoctoral
Researcher, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand. Appointments
made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned
doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting
- At least one year of applied experience with autistic
individuals or those with related intellectual and/or developmental
- Experience with advanced statistical software such as Mplus or
- Experience with the conduct of community-based research (i.e.,
research conducted in homes, schools or communities).
- Doctoral coursework in statistics and quantitative methods
(e.g., latent class analysis, growth modeling).
- Publication in peer-reviewed journals.
- Strong oral communication skills as evidenced by work and/or
education experience and interview process.
SALARY: $60,000 annually
DEADLINE: Review of applications
begins on October 5, 2021 and will continue until a qualified
applicant pool has been identified.
Start date: Earliest start date is July
HOW TO APPLY: Please submit an online
application at https://employment.ku.edu/staff/20277BR Additionally,
a cover letter, vitae, professional writing sample (e.g.,
publication, dissertation) and contact information for three
professional references is required. In the cover letter,
please indicate how you see this particular training experience
helping advance your professional skills and goals in the conduct
of research focused on autistic adolescents or young
CONTACT INFORMATION: For questions about
the position, please contact Dr. Brian Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Karrie
Shogren at email@example.com. For
questions about the application process, please contact Diana Skill
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upon the satisfactory completion of the background
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