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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Psychology
Date opened: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary: 

The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will join the UMass Boston team of a Goal Two, Institute of Education Sciences-funded study, which is a two-site study located at UMass Boston and the University of California Riverside, with the goal of partnering with early elementary teachers to develop, implement, and test a teacher-focused program to improve general education teachers’ readiness to work with students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The resulting professional development and intervention program is aimed at improving student-teacher relationship quality and social and academic outcomes for young children with ASD.

The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will be responsible for program management responsibilities, including but not limited to, collaborating with teachers and schools, implementing the teacher-focused program and disseminating aspects of the program. This is a one-year, grant-funded position with the possibility of renewal for an additional one-three years. 

Examples of Duties: 

  • Under the supervision of a PI and in collaboration with the other identified PIs and Co-PIs, oversee all phases of the study; assist in conducting focus groups and interviews with teachers; assist in creation of program materials and deliver the program to teachers, including providing training and performance feedback;
  • Collaborate with staff across the two study sites and assist the site Principal Investigators (PIs) in supervising undergraduate and doctoral students (primarily Clinical Psychology Ph.D. students) on the program;
  • Participate in weekly research team meetings and work with other staff to deliver the program;
  • Engage in analysis and writing of findings, as author or co-author when substantively involved, and in sharing results with stakeholder audiences;
  • Write and publish on existing datasets;
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


PhD in School Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Special Education, with training in developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and school-based interventions, including extensive experience working closely with teachers or direct classroom experience, is required.  

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience with focus groups or interview-based data collection, intervention development, intervention implementation, or program dissemination is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite;
  • Familiarity with statistical packages (e.g., SPSS, STATA)
  • Ability to work as a member of a team;
  • Ability to protect confidentiality of participant information; 
  • Ability to provide leadership to others through example and sharing of knowledge and skills;
  • Ability to establish effective relationships with internal team members, teacher and parent research participants, and community members; 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Strong commitment to research ethics;
  • Strong commitment to customer service.

Application Instructions:

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three references. 

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.

Salary Range: $48,000.00 - $53,000.00

This is a non-union position. 

Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

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