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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Institution: Mississippi State University
Location: Starkville, Mississippi
Postdoctoral-Social Sciences
Posted: August 24, 2013
Type: Fulltime
Application Due: Open until filled
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Position Title Postdoctoral Research Associate Number of Positions 1 Internal/External Posting: External Area of Specialization Department nSPARC Department Profile National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center (nSPARC) conducts research and creates customized solutions in the areas of economic, workforce, business, and community development Position Function The National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center (nSPARC) at Mississippi State University invites applications for Postdoctoral Research Associates to begin work on August 16, 2013. The PostDoc is offered for one year (twelve months) with opportunity for renewal for an additional year, contingent upon mutual satisfaction with demonstrated progress and continued availability of funding. Postdoctoral Research Associates are non-tenure track professionals that must be in residence at nSPARC for the duration of their PostDoc and have major responsibility for scholarly research and writing, proposal preparation, and the conduct of research projects in the area early childhood learning and development especially as it is related to longitudinal data systems and education, workforce, and economic development. Essential Duties and Responsibilities Provide leadership to the early childhood research team; work in close collaboration with nSPARC executive team by providing ongoing communication, input, and feedback on progress, issues and concerns impacting early learning research; Conduct literature reviews and statistical analyses and prepare proposals and reports; Participate as a team member within a scientific group and interact with scientists from other areas in nSPARC; Travel via automobile or plane to local/regional/national meetings and to meetings with external collaborators and clients; perform other duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications Recent earned Doctorate in Educational Psychology, Sociology, Demography, or related social science discipline (all requirements for the PhD must be fulfilled by August 2013); Demonstrated experience and knowledge of survey and research methods and statistical analyses; Background and interest in a relevant area. Will ABD's (all but dissertation) be considered? Not Applicable Preferred Qualifications Earned Doctorate in Educational Psychology and research/applied experience in research methodology and statistics; experience with survey design; prior experience on extramural research projects; research interests that complement those of nSPARC. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Working Conditions and Physical Effort Instructions for Applying Applicants should complete online application at and upload a cover letter and current curriculum vitae. Applicants should also submit three letters of recommendation (mailed by writers under separate cover), an official graduate school transcript (provide English translation if necessary). Address all supporting materials and reference letters to: Chair, PostDoc Selection Committee National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center P.O. Box 6027 Mississippi State, MS 39762 Please email all queries to: Departmental Contact Kara Templeton Contact E-mail Contact Phone (format: xxx-xxx-xxxx) 662-325-9242 Position Open Date 07-29-2013 Position Close Date Open Until Filled Position Category Professional Tenure Track Status Not Applicable Position Type Regular Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time 12-month/9-month 12 Month Salary Grade UC Minimum Work Location Main Campus Restricted Clause Position is contingent on availability of funding PARF Number 7441

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