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Postdoctoral Scholar in Early Childhood Policy

Position overview

Salary range: The salary range is $64,480-$77,327 annually.

Application Window

Open date: May 16, 2024

Most recent review date: Monday, Jun 24, 2024 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: Tuesday, Dec 31, 2024 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

We are seeking applicants for a full-time postdoctoral position in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine to support a NICHD-funded research agenda aimed at understanding the impacts of state early childhood policy investments on child, family, and societal well-being.

Project overview & general summary of the position
The postdoctoral scholar would work directly under the supervision of Jade Jenkins at UCI, as well as the project Co-PIs, Tyler Watts (Teachers College, Columbia University) and Ken Dodge (Duke University). The project will examine whether variations in public pre-k investments by the 50 states across the past two decades are associated with better child health, stronger academic achievement, and key family outcomes. The postdoctoral scholar will lead the assembly of a state-by-year national dataset that integrates pre-k funding levels, pre-k program features, state policies, and child and family outcomes. The scholar would execute analyses and author manuscripts related to early childhood policy. The project aims are to understand: (1) whether state-level investments in public pre-k over the past 20 years impact child and family outcomes, (2) whether pre-k investments promote equity in child and family well-being across race, ethnic, and income groups, and (3) which features of state pre-k programs are associated with differential impacts of state preschool investments. The scholar would also be expected to mentor graduate students and present work at annual consortium meetings and relevant academic conferences..

We hope to find a scholar who is interested in a career as an independent scientist studying early childhood education policy and development. Toward that goal, we will support the scholar’s career development, authorship of manuscripts, and growing independence.

The position would be for two-years, with a possible 1-year extension. The position will begin in the 2024-2025 academic year, with the exact start date contingent on funding and the availability of the applicant.

Pay Scale: $64,480-$77,327 annually

Minimum qualifications:

• Ph.D. in any discipline related to child development, public policy, economics, or education, conferred by start date or within 6 months of start date

Preferable qualifications:
● Strong skills in quantitative data management
● Strong skills in quantitative research methods and analysis
● Record of publication related to child development, public policy, economics, or education

To Apply: Applications should be submitted online at. https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF09046. Please include: (a) a cover letter (2 pages maximum) explaining your relevant background, interest in this project, and your career goals following postdoctoral work, (b) CV, (c) one page summary of your doctoral dissertation, (d) one writing sample, and (e) names and contact information of three references (please do not solicit letters)

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Ph.D. in any discipline related to child development, public policy, economics, or education, conferred by start date or within 6 months of start date

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - 2 pages maximum explaining your relevant background, interest in this project, and your career goals following postdoctoral work

  • Doctoral Dissertation Summary - one page summary of your doctoral dissertation,

  • Writing Sample

  • Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to inclusive excellence will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence. See our guidance for writing an inclusive excellence activities statement.
    (Optional)

  • Sexual Misconduct, Harassment and Discrimination Declaration Form - All applicants of academic positions at the University of California, Irvine must download, complete, sign, and upload the following form with their application: Sexual Misconduct, Harassment and Discrimination Declaration Form

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF09046

About UC Irvine

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 anti-discrimination policy.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Irvine, CA