Postdoctoral Fellowship

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Location: New Brunswick, NEW JERSEY
Deadline: 19 Dec 2020

Position Details

Recruitment/Posting Title Postdoctoral Fellowship
Department GSE-Ctr Effective Sch Practice
Salary Commensurate With Experience
Posting Summary

Postdoctoral fellows will work with youth-serving educational organizations to help address their research needs, following guiding principles for research-practice partnerships and incorporating youth participatory action research as a core method. Fellows will define their research project with support from academic mentors at host universities and the CLL team.

Fellows will partner with “clusters” of youth-serving organizations using similar strategies for promoting positive career identity among youth. By working with a cluster of organizations using similar strategies, the fellow will be able to examine the effectiveness of the approach, ways in which it might be improved, and the possibilities for extending program models and research findings through the network to advance practice in the area of supporting career equity.

During their two-year, full-time appointment, each fellow will be expected to undertake the following activities:
Strategic Cluster Research. Lead the research-practice partnerships with the programs in one cluster, consisting of 3-4 partner organizations. This effort will include:
● Gaining familiarity with the youth-serving programs, their history and operations, theories of change, and strategic activities.
● With program leadership, determining key issues and problems of practice. Synthesizing these determinations across programs in a cluster to formulate research questions.
● Creating research plan for answering questions, including by incorporating youth in participatory action research as a central component.
● Developing scholarly analyses and products of programmatic approaches.

Career Equity Network Building. Support the growth of the network and field-building research. This effort will include:
● Meeting with research network on a monthly basis to share research plans, implementation, issues, and results.
● Meeting with faculty mentor on a monthly basis to discuss research progress in addition to personal career trajectory.
● Collaborating with measurement and evaluation partner on data collection and interpretation.
● Working with colleagues on scholarly analyses and products to contribute to field.
● Participating in up to four annual convenings focused on methods for YPAR, RPPs, and measurement of youth-, network-, and field-related outcomes.
● Participating in one annual conference of the network and its affiliated researchers and practitioners, presenting on research progress and results as indicated.

Posting Number 20FA0992
Posting Open Date 10/21/2020
Posting Close Date 12/19/2020

Minimum Education and Experience

Doctoral Degree

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The fellow will be expected to travel to UC Irvine and potentially additional sites for conferences up to 5 times, depending on the public health conditions in the U.S. Travel expenses for all network meetings will be covered by the Connected Learning Lab; additional travel support to be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Connected Learning Lab, funds permitting.

Equipment Utilized

Laptop/desktop and basic office equipment including copies, fax, etc.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The Equitable Futures initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is designed to expand career opportunity for marginalized youth in the U.S. and to improve labor market outcomes and promote paths to economic opportunity and upward mobility for Black, Latinx, and low-income young people, ages 14-24, by supporting development of agency, social capital, skills and credentials, and early labor market outcomes

The Gates Foundation has funded the Connected Learning Lab at UC Irvine to create and study a new network, the Equitable Futures Innovation Network, in order to increase field capacity to develop interventions that influence opportunity narratives and identity formation for young people. The Foundation is seeking to learn how pathway intermediaries and model providers use career identity insights to design programs that positively influence identity and opportunity. The network’s efforts will produce the following:

Primary outcome: Increased availability of validated programs, approaches, and tools that develop career identity for young people;
Project approach: Create a youth-centered innovation network that drives development and optimization of career identity interventions, models and approaches through an active community of researchers and practitioners and engagement with communities.

The three-year project (11/19-12/22) includes a two-year postdoctoral fellowship as a key element.


The performance period will be September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2022 and will be housed in the Proctor Institute.

-Documentation of research questions, plans, and implementation procedures.
-Regular verbal updates to PIs, network colleagues, peers, and mentors.
-Interim summaries of fieldnotes and interpretations, at least quarterly.
-Annual comprehensive roll-up summaries of findings.
-Produce scholarly products with network colleagues.
-Feedback on semi-annual reports to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Home Location Campus College Ave (RU-New Brunswick)
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