The Postdoctoral Researcher will work on projects funded by the US Departments of Health and Human Services and Education, Centers for Disease Control, National Science Foundation, and state of Iowa Departments of Public Health and Management focused on policy-relevant research in the areas of early childhood, family poverty, child welfare, and school readiness. The successful candidate will join a productive team of investigators led by Dr. Heather Rouse and Cassandra Dorius including co-investigators Ji Young Choi, Christine Lippard, Carla Peterson, and Daniel Russell (see http://www.hdfs.hs.iastate.edu/ for more information about the HDFS department including faculty homepages). This specific team of investigators specializes in working with large, national datasets as well as state administrative datasets to understand early risk and protective experiences in home and neighborhood contexts. The focus of the research includes studying familiesâ involvement with public home visiting programs and formal early childhood educational programs such as preschool or Head Start. Additional research examines overall child and family involvement with public service systems such as health, education, and child welfare; early education and care environments across the birth-to-five system; and the relations between early childhood experiences and wellbeing outcomes for young children and their parents. The Postdoctoral position will primarily involve advanced statistical programming (data management and analytic modeling) and writing journal manuscripts. Additional responsibilities will include managing multiple projects, preparing policy briefs and presentations, and co-writing grant proposals.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
PhD in psychology, human development and family studies, educational policy, sociology, or a related field; advanced proficiency in data management and analytics using Stata and/or R; and a strong record of analytic writing in the areas of early childhood, education, or family studies including evidence of publication.
Experience with data management and integration of public service system administrative datasets; experience with national datasets such as the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort; advanced quantitative analysis including multilevel modeling, profile analysis (latent class), and propensity score analysis.
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com).
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.