Post-Doctoral Fellow in Education Policy: PRiME Center – Saint Louis University, United States

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The Saint Louis University School of Education and SLU PRiME Center is seeking applications for the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Successful candidates will conduct applied education policy research for the Center for Policy Research in Missouri Education (PRiME Center) in the School of Education, serving as data analysts and researchers, while also continuing to work on their own research agendas. Candidates will have the opportunity to lead project teams, provide input on the Center’s research agenda, and assist with the mentorship of graduate and undergraduate research associates.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate (Postdoctoral Fellow) will work closely with a large research team (including researchers in the SLU PRiME education policy research center and SLU Education Policy faculty and graduate students) to conduct research on Missouri education. The ideal candidate will have experience conducting program evaluations and designing research projects related to education policy issues, as well as experience with research practice partnerships in Missouri and/or the surrounding region.

Responsibilities are centered on designing and carrying out an applied education policy research agenda through the following:

● Conducting applied research on K-12 and/or postsecondary education in Missouri

● Serving in a leadership role by supervising project teams, providing input on the Center’s research agenda, supporting all research projects to completion, and assisting with the mentorship of doctoral students and research associates

● Co-authoring PRiME products to disseminate findings of research to education stakeholders through blogs, policy briefs, reports, and presentations

● Collaborating with practitioners and policy makers to develop and implement applied research projects

● Networking and presenting at conferences to receive feedback on the results of educational research in Missouri.

PRiME excels in the creation of research-practice-partnerships. For example, in addition to their direct role with the PRiME Center, the Postdoctoral Research Associate (Postdoctoral Fellow) may have the opportunity to be an embedded researcher with organizations such as:

● The Office of Research and Evaluation at Saint Louis Public Schools (SLPS)

● The Regional Education Laboratory Central (REL Central)

● The School Research Practice Collaborative in St. Louis (SRPC)

● The Office of Public School Partnerships at Saint Louis University, and its nine-school portfolio of charter public schools in St. Louis and Kansas City.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate (Postdoctoral Fellow) will be guided and mentored by SLU SOE faculty and senior members of the PRiME team at all stages of research projects. Additionally, research conducted for the PRiME Center has the potential to lead to publications in academic journals. Generous travel support is available for Fellows to present their findings at academic conferences.

Minimum Requirements:

● An earned doctorate in education research, policy, or a closely related field, with a preference for quantitative research methodology or data analysis. Degree must be conferred prior to start date

● A track record of publication or evidence of strong potential

● Strong commitment to helping underserved students in urban settings

● Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment

● Interest in pursuing and conducting applied and academic research of importance to state legislators, district stakeholders, and schools

Desired Qualifications:

● Expertise in quantitative and/or qualitative research, with a focus on K-12 or postsecondary education

● Expertise with statistical analysis software such as STATA, R, SAS, or SPSS

● Methodological expertise in research design, implementation, and analysis

● Experience working on large-scale datasets and collaborating with team members on such projects

● Experience designing and conducting surveys on postsecondary education

● Experience with copy-editing academic or applied research publications

Salary and Starting date: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience and includes benefits. This is a two-year term position with a proposed starting date of July 1, 2024. Start date is flexible.

Application Process: Applicants should submit a letter of interest (stating qualifications, policy areas of expertise/interests, and commitment to assisting urban school districts and conducting education policy research), an applied or translational writing sample (policy briefs, blogs, op-eds, etc., are preferred but excerpts of scholarly journal articles and/or dissertations are acceptable), current curriculum vita, and the names and contact information for three references. All applications should be submitted online at Saint Louis University. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For best consideration, all applications should be submitted on or before April 15, 2024


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Saint Louis University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for the position applied for without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, gender identity, or other non-merit factors. We welcome and encourage applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities (including disabled veterans). If accommodations are needed for completing the application and/or with the interviewing process, please contact Human Resources at 314-977-5847.

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