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Postdoctoral Scholar in Bilingual Developmental Language Disorder

Application Window

Open date: March 21st, 2022

Next review date: Friday, May 27, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Two full-time postdoctoral scholars are needed at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). The responsibilities position will be split between two of three efforts: one project to develop a criterion referenced test and guidelines for intervention for children with developmental language disorder who speak Spanish and/or English (Bilingual Change); one project to develop a standardized test for identification of DLD in English language learners who speak Vietnamese or Spanish as a home language (Test of English Language Learning (TELL)), and one to develop a progress monitoring test to inform literacy instruction of Spanish-English bilinguals (A2i-epañol). The postdoctoral scholar will be affiliated with UCI’s School of Education. This is a 1-year position (with possibility of renewal) with a proposed start date of September 1, 2022 (negotiable).

50% of the postdoctoral fellow’s effort will be allocated to support TELL and one of the other projects (bilingual change or A2i español). The postdoctoral scholar will lead the implementation of the data collection plan, training research assistants in data collection protocols, data cleaning, and data analysis plans for each of the projects. In addition, he or she will join a project team of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates conducting a range of qualitative and quantitative studies that examine patterns of performance of children with and without DLD or risk for reading difficulties at different stages of exposure to English and the home language. Activities will include assisting with designing and implementing research projects, collaborating and communicating with the collaborating project co-investigators, seeking human subjects research approval, analyzing data, writing up results for publications and presentations, and documenting information on the project(s).

Position will begin fall 2022 (exact date negotiable) for one year.

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders or a related field by the start date of the position; prior expertise in leading research projects; expertise in research design and methodology including psychometrics; outstanding verbal and written communication skills in English; a successful record of publication and presentations; and the ability to work well with diverse teams. Candidates should have knowledge of bilingualism, expertise in DLD and its diagnostic markers within linguistic variation. Desirable qualifications include certification as a speech-language pathologist and knowledge of one of the target languages (Vietnamese and/or Spanish).
To Apply:

Applications should be submitted online at

Please include a cover letter explaining your relevant background and interest in this project, a CV, 1-2 sample publications or papers, and the names of three references (please do not solicit letters).
Questions about the position may be addressed to Elizabeth D. Peña, Professor of Education at UCI at Questions about submission or receipt of applications can be addressed to Laurie Andress-Delaney at


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders or a related field by the start date of the position

Application Requirements

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Campus Information

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

Irvine, CA