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Postdoctoral Researcher

Application Window

Open date: September 26, 2022

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Oct 26, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Nov 30, 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

Professor Elizabeth Cauffman and the Development, Disorder, and Delinquency Laboratory, at the University of California, Irvine, are currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral scholar to join their research team. The postdoctoral scholar selected for this position will primarily focus on the Young Adult Court (YAC) study of Orange County, which is a randomized controlled trial of a specialized court designed for Transitional-Aged-Youth (18 to 25 years old) in Orange County. The YAC is a collaboration between the Defense Attorney, the District Attorney, Probation Officers, the Judge, the Orangewood Foundation, and the University of California, Irvine (

Dr. Elizabeth Cauffman and her research team are evaluating whether young men processed through the YAC have better long-term outcomes (reduced recidivism; positive mental and physical health; positive socioeconomic) than young men who are processed through the traditional courts.

The postdoctoral scholar selected for this position will also be involved with the Crossroads Study, which was designed to identify the long-term outcomes of youth involved with the juvenile justice system (, as well as the Road to Reentry Study, which is another randomized controlled trial examining whether developmentally-appropriate programming in a jail setting can reduce recidivism and promote positive outcomes among young adult incarcerated in an Orange County jail.

Dr. Cauffman and the Laboratory are seeking a highly-motivated individual with quantitative experience in various types analytic techniques appropriate for longitudinal data. We are also seeking an individual who is comfortable writing and using syntax to merge, clean, and code data from a variety of sources. Experience writing academic manuscripts and preparing a grant application is also preferred.

Applicants are encouraged to visit:

Note that the final approval for this position is based on the availability of external funding.

Required qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in the fields of psychology, criminology, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated competency in data management and longitudinal data analysis.
  • Experience writing/publishing academic papers and/or grants

Preferred considerations:

  • Excellent scientific writing and spoken English skills.
  • Outstanding individual initiative.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to train/mentor/manage undergraduate and graduate students
  • Experience with Qualtrics and a variety of statistical analysis packages (Mplus, Stata, SPSS)
  • Strong commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Application materials:

  • Please send a CV, cover letter, and have at least 3 letters of reference submitted. The position is a one-year appointment with the possibility for annual renewal. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
  • Interested candidates should apply through UCI Irvine’s RECRUIT system located at:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in the fields of psychology, criminology, or a related field.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are made a tentative offer to a Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at any rank. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form:

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required
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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