Drs. Chris Schatschneider and Sara Hart, at the Department of Psychology and the Florida Center for Reading Research at the Florida State University, are recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to work with them on a new NIH-funded project, called “LDbase” (LDbase.org).
This postdoctoral position on the LDbase project is an opportunity to help create a repository of datasets related to academic achievement available to all researchers. One role on this project is to create a series of pooled datasets through the use of measurement invariance modeling using R and to make this code available to anyone who wants it. Another role is to publish manuscripts from these datasets. Another role will be to help create data management and data analysis resources for the broader academic community (e.g., data entry best practice guide, data analysis workshop slides). This job also provides an opportunity to teach one class per year (during fall or spring). So if you’re looking for a job where you’ll get a lot of experience in measurement modeling, publishing manuscripts, as well as getting a course prepped – then this job is for you!
Candidates for this position must not be current students or staff at Florida State University. We are hoping to recruit an individual with a background in measurement modeling. Experience with data created by educational/learning disabilities researchers is a plus. Start date is tentatively set for August 8, 2019, but we are open to an early start date. Salary is set at the NIH-levels and benefits are set by our university, but we are able to add further support with generous travel and training opportunities, and a collegial and jovial work environment.
You can apply for this job by going to www.hr.fsu.edu, clicking on “job opportunities”, and searching for job id “44985”. Applicants will be asked to provide their CV, letter of interest, and names and contact information for three individuals for whom letters of recommendation could be solicited (with names and contact info to be submitted as directed in the Letters of Reference Section). We will be taking applications until the position is filled, so apply quickly! Questions can be emailed or tweeted to Chris (firstname.lastname@example.org, @schotz) or Sara (email@example.com, @saraannhart).
4 Reasons why having a library and information science graduate assistant is helpful for your research endeavors:
By Keno Catabay:
With such a wide pool of talented trainees in every academic concentration and in every discipline at Florida State University, the following sentence may seem strange: You should consider adding a library and information science student to your application pool. Considering that I am an academic librarian-in-training, I will admit that I am a little biased. However, there is a concise methodology at work here.
In the fall semester of 2017, I was invited to join the Florida Learning Disability Research Center (FLDRC) under Dr. Sara Hart. On top of a project that studies the reading and math co-development in a diverse sample of twins, Sara is also in charge of the Engagement Core of the Center as well.
You may be asking: What is an Engagement Core? Well, here is a quick rundown…
A core course of the Master’s of Science in Information (MSI) program here at FSU is LIS 5411 – or information policy, which focuses on policy issues within the US government related to intellectual property, accessibility, privacy, service, and equity. Chances are, an MSI student has also taken advanced levels of this course as well.
At the FLDRC, I was able to give a webinar on the policies of federally-funded grants in regards to open data policy. If you are a researcher, there is a good chance that you are funded by some sort of grant. Adding someone from the library and information science world—even at the trainee level—can be helpful to your research process. MSI students can analyze and assess the quality of your data and assure that it is up to federal standards.
2. Emerging technologies and software that can aid in the research process.
The library world is changing. The days of simple card catalogs and dial-up internet are long gone. In the past two decades, information technology and computer science has seen a boom like no other. In academia, library systems are pushing to get to the forefront of this encounter. Librarians are now learning how to code in a variety of languages—such as python, R, and SQL—and conducting workshops on how they can aid in research for all disciplines. On the technology side, FSU Libraries has successfully used 3D modeling and 3D printing as a supplement to several research projects by faculty.
3. Knowledge on how to increase citation impact and providing metric reports.
One of the core initiatives of academic librarians that work in digital research, digital scholarship, and academic publication is increasing the citation impact of publications, discovering ways for your research to reach a wider audience. Adding an MSI student into your project is a low-cost way to potentially boost the amount of times your research is cited by other scholars or on social media.
4. Jack-of-all-trades academics, who may also be familiar with your field.
Librarians are notorious for ending up in their field “accidentally.” Many MSI students are older, have work experience under their belt, and/or hold multiple degrees. You truly do not know the scope of an MSI student until you sit down with them for an interview. It is not uncommon for an MSI student to hold a J.D. or even a Ph.D.—somewhere along the line, they probably decided that their passion was in information access the entire time.
Doing research in STEM? Consider hiring an MSI student with a background in biology, computer science, or physics – there are more than you think. Attempting to recreate a dig site into a 3D model? Consider hiring an MSI student who has a degree in archaeology, anthropology, or classics. Attempting to digitize the works of a 20th century Beat writer? The MSI program is saturated with seasoned humanities students.
Not only are MSI students equipped to add library services and techniques to your research endeavors, but if you find a good match, they are likely to be familiar with your area of work as well.
Dr. Colleen Ganley, with Dr. Chris Schatschneider, and I have an opportunity to recruit postdoctoral scholars through Florida State University’s new Provost Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP), intended to enhance the pipeline to academic careers that result in a more diverse faculty.
Colleen and Chris have an IES-funded project studying teacher math anxiety and student math-related outcomes, and I have an NIH-funded twin project examining genetic and environmental influences on reading and math development. More information about our specific projects is here.
The PPFP program provides a competitive salary (with health insurance and fringe benefits), as well as 20k in research funds. To be eligible for the program, the candidates must describe how they have the potential to contribute to diversity in Psychology, be no more than 5 years out from their doctoral degree, and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
We are hoping to each support one candidate for the program. We will take initial applicants personally, and from that pool we will select one candidate each to move forward to the university application. To apply, email your CV and a diversity statement, to Colleen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sara (email@example.com), by February 14. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions!
Today we start recruitment to build a large national twin registry! Funded by the NIH, we will recruit ~8000 twin pairs across the US to examine the "nature and nurture" of the development of reading and math skills in elementary school. This project is part of the Florida Learning Disabilities Research Center (http://fsuld.fcrr.org/).
Check out the abstract describing the grant under the "Research" tab!
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