Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Postdoctoral Research Associates


The Department of Educational Psychology in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut is hiring one Postdoctoral Research Associate (Postdoc).  The Postdoc will be a team member on two federally-funded projects that are focused on college and career readiness and youth with disabilities. 

The Postdoc will (a) support dissemination of project activities and results (e.g., conference presentations, journal articles, policy briefs, infographics), (b) coordinate data collection in participating schools (e.g., data collector training, scheduling, data entry, coordinate student response data as well as extant school data from student records), (c) maintain project database, (d) work directly with schools/districts to proactively support project activities and problem solve any issues or challenges related to data collection, (e) conduct advanced statistical modeling and analyses using latent variable modeling, Item Response Theory, and Bayesian approaches under the guidance and supervision of project PIs, and (f) supervise student workers. In addition, this person will also have the capacity to pursue, secure, and manage additional external funding opportunities consistent with this position focus.

The Postdoc will be will be under the direct supervision of PI Dr. Allison Lombardi. The postdoc will also work with Drs. Graham Rifenbark and Eric Loken to conduct research-related activities, due to their advanced statistical knowledge and expertise.


Ph.D. Degree in special education, educational psychology, or related field, with a focus on quantitative methodology; at least 1-year of experience as a quantitative data analyst on educational research projects or related field of practice; and at least 1-year experience working on applied school-based research projects.


  • Previous experience with federally funded school-based research focused on secondary transition, college and career readiness, and/or high school reform.  
  • Previous experience with special education research in applied educational settings.
  • Knowledge of statistical analyses with latent variable modeling, Item Response Theory, and Bayesian methods.
  • Knowledge of designing research studies.
  • Previous experience working with large-scale, national datasets (e.g., NLTS2012)
  • Previous experience with data storage and management procedures
  • Demonstrated experiences working independently and as a member of a research team that may include teachers and administrators.
  • Previous experience with video editing and/or graphical displays to enhance research presentations and dissemination
  • Evidence of a record of publications in peer-review journals related to special education, secondary transition, and quantitative research methods.


This position is a 12-month end-date position, which may be renewed pending funding and performance. The potential start date is August 15, 2021. The salary is $60,000 (based on 12-month contract at 1.0 FTE). 


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #495211 to upload a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Please direct inquiries to

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.  

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on June 25, 2021.

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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. 

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