Acad. Job: Postdoctoral Researcher – Researcher-to-Policy Collaboration Optimization

Deadline: Open Until Filled

Location Remote

​Duration 12 months (100% time) with possibility of renewal based on need and performance

Position Description

We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher (Postdoc) appointment that will support the optimization of the Research-to-Policy Collaboration (RPC; Housed in the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at The Pennsylvania State University (PSU), the RPC is an approach for facilitating partnerships between researchers and congressional officials in ways that are thought to support policymakers’ use of research evidence. This optimization study will examine how augmenting the RPC’s ability to cultivate empowering settings can increase policy engagement, influence, and benefits, particularly for researchers of color. The scholar selected for this position will collect and analyze in-depth qualitative data from researchers involved in the RPC via semi-structured interviews and focus groups.

The Postdoc will work directly with Dr. Denisa Gándara, assistant professor of Education Policy and Leadership at Southern Methodist University (co-Investigator).

Tasks may include:

  • Recruiting interview and focus group participants (e.g., faculty of color)
  • Conducting reviews of relevant literature
  • Interviewing tenure-track faculty members (remote)
  • Conducting focus groups with tenure-track faculty members (remote)
  • Analyzing qualitative data
  • Co-authoring academic papers
  • Managing project
  • Liaising with RPC team
  • Supervising project research assistants

This is a researcher position; there is no teaching obligation.

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