Dr. Sara Hart, Canadian Excellence Research Chair in Developmental Science and Professor at the University of Waterloo Department of Psychology is inviting applications for one post-doctoral fellow.
The postdoctoral researcher hired into this position will have the opportunity to work on a collaborative research project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The project will use an integrated data approach to explore racial differences in the effectiveness of reading interventions that have provided intensive, targeted supports to students with or at-risk for reading disability (RD). The project will collect and aggregate pre-existing data from multiple rigorous studies of supplemental reading interventions. As such, one aspect of this position is managing, cleaning, and harmonizing large existing datasets to prepare them for deposit in a domain specific data repository (LDbase). The candidate will be trained in integrative data analysis, and will be responsible for writing scientific manuscripts. Research opportunities will include data analysis, writing manuscripts related to the research topic and/or metascientific concepts (e.g., data management, data sharing), and travel to present research finding at conferences.
The ideal candidate will be creative and collegial with the ability to work in a team environment and have strong communication skills. We are seeking someone with a background in children’s reading development (familiarity with common measures of reading), advanced knowledge of statistics, strong scientific writing skills, and experience with data sharing or open science concepts. An ideal candidate would have experience with structural equation models or other advanced statistical techniques. This candidate should be highly motivated to learn new data analytic methods, to apply them to new contexts, to publish first-author papers, and present at conferences. The successful candidate will be based at the University of Waterloo, but will be part of an interdisciplinary team including Dr. Jessica Toste (University of Texas Austin) and Dr. Jessica Logan (Vanderbilt University).
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in a field of developmental psychology, education, special education, quantitative methods or other related field, experience in the fields of reading development, quantitative methods, or metascience, and experience with statistical software (e.g., R, SAS, Mplus). For more information on postdoctoral studies and on the University of Waterloo, see https://uwaterloo.ca/graduate-studies-postdoctoral-affairs/.
This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Review of applications will begin on March 15th, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Preferred start date will be June to August, 2024. To apply, please send your CV and a short interest letter (less than one page) to Sara Hart (email@example.com). Additional materials will be requested from final candidates.
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