Post Doc Position at UConn

Job Posting Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate, National Center for Research on Gifted Education

The National Center for Research on Gifted Education (https://ncrge.uconn.edu) is seeking a qualitative researcher for a PhD level Post Doctoral Research Associate position.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

The person in this position will work with The National Center for Research on Gifted Education team and will plan, design, manage, and implement qualitative research and data analysis. Candidates should have a PhD in education, educational psychology, psychology, or related field. Candidates should also have experience preparing oral and written reports of research findings.

 

The successful hire will develop and revise observation and interview protocols, interpret and compile research findings for dissemination and publication, and work with graduate students carrying out data collection and analysis.

Strong qualitative analysis skills are required; strong quantitative skills desirable. The ability to coordinate multiple simultaneous tasks of varying complexity, with demonstrated accountability and excellent attention to detail is also required. Knowledge of software tools for office productivity, presentations, and qualitative analysis is necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in education, educational psychology, psychology, gifted education, or a related area
  • Extensive experience with qualitative data analysis
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Experience conducting research and disseminating results
  • Experience preparing written reports of research findings

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with computer assisted qualitative software analysis (e.g., Dedoose)
  • Experience designing and conducting mixed methods research studies
  • Strong knowledge of qualitative theories and methods
  • Knowledge of gifted education
  • Experience working with students or teachers in elementary classrooms
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and school personnel

 

Appointment Terms

This is a full-time, end-date, 12-month position with an anticipated start date of October 1, 2018. The position may be renewed yearly based on funding. The successful candidate’s appointment will be at the Storrs campus with anticipated out-of-state travel. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 

To Apply

To apply, complete an online application, attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references at https://www.jobs.uconn.edu. For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Del Siegle at del.siegle@uconn.edu. Applications are due by September 25, 2018. Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately. For more information regarding the National Center for Research on Gifted Education, please visit the website at http://ncrge.uconn.edu/.

 

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2019082)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on September 25, 2018.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

D. Betsy McCoach shared NCRGE research at AERA

Dr. D. Betsy McCoach shared recent NCRGE research at the 2018 AERA Annual Meeting in New York City.  She presented “Understanding Excellence Gaps: What can we learn from studying within school variability ” as a member of a panel on “Are Excellence Gaps the Unavoidable Consequences of Expanded Opportunities for High-Performing Students?” Her co-authors on the paper were Rashea Hamilton and Daniel Long.


Photo courtesy of Chris Amspaugh

NCRGE Study Finds Students in Poverty Less Likely to be Identified as Gifted

NCRGE researchers have published the first study to demonstrate a link between student poverty, institutional poverty, and the lower identification rate of gifted low-income students.

The study, “Disentangling the Roles of Institutional and Individual Poverty in the Identification of Gifted Students,” was published in the journal Gifted Child Quarterly. Researchers found that students eligible for free or reduced lunch programs are less likely to be identified for gifted education services even after controlling for prior math and reading achievement scores. In addition, the findings indicated that students in low-income schools have a further reduced possibility of being identified for gifted services.

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NCRGE Seeks Quantitative Researcher for Postdoc Position

Job Posting Title: University Postdoctoral Fellow 1

 The National Center for Research on Gifted Education (http://ncrge.uconn.edu) is seeking a quantitative researcher for a Postdoctoral Fellow position. The person in this position will work with the National Center for Research on Gifted Education on a large mixed methods research study. Duties include conducting statistical analyses to answer complex research questions, documenting methods and results, and communicating those results for a variety of audiences. In addition, this position entails data management, programming, and reporting tasks. This individual will be a core team member who must be able to both learn and work independently as well as collaborate effectively with co-workers. There will be substantial opportunities to actively engage in the entire research process and to collaborate on research presentations and publications.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

  • Manage and clean data
  • Lead programming tasks
  • Analyze secondary and survey data using descriptive and inferential statistical techniques
  • Integrate data from multiple sources
  • Develop code, scripts, or syntaxes for advanced statistical analyses
  • Troubleshoot data anomalies and conducting quality control checks
  • Create and maintain documentation of data management and analysis processes
  • Analyze, visualize, and interpret data
  • Contribute to project reports, briefs, and other manuscripts
  • Ensure detailed documentation of methods and reproducibility of results
  • Conduct observations and interviews in the field for the qualitative portion of the research study
  • Aid in coding and analyzing the qualitative results
  • Conduct literature searches and synthesize the results of prior research studies

 

Minimum Qualifications

 

  1. Ph.D.  degree in quantitative social science, statistics, or a related area
  2. Extensive experience with data management and data analysis
  3. Extensive experience managing and conducting analyses using large scale databases
  4. Extensive experience conducting secondary data analyses
  5. High degree of proficiency with one or more statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Stata, R)
  6. Experience implementing advanced statistical techniques
  7. Strong written and verbal communications skills

 

Preferred Qualifications

 

  1. Substantial experience with multilevel modeling and/or latent variable modeling
  2. Substantial statistical programming experience in Stata and/or R
  3. Experience with large-scale data management and curation
  4. Experience analyzing multilevel quasi-experimental data
  5. Some training and experience conducting qualitative research

 

Appointment Terms

 

This is a full-time, end-date, 12-month position with an anticipated start date of October 1, 2017. The position may be renewed based on funding. The successful candidate’s appointment will be at the Storrs campus with the possibility of national travel. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 

To Apply

 

To apply, complete an online application on UConn Jobs, www.jobs.uconn.edu. Please attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Applications are due by September 6, 2017. Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2018040)

 

For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Del Siegle at del.siegle@uconn.edu. For more information regarding the National Center for Research on Gifted Education, please visit the website at http://ncrge.uconn.edu/.

 

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on September 6, 2017.

 

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.