Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Updated: 1 day ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS


Bureau of Child Research

Position Overview

The position will be a full-time (1.0 FTE) research dedicated fellowship of up to 3 years, depending on the stage of training of the incoming trainee and their rate of progress. Applications will be accepted until March 12th, 2021. Start date is flexible beginning June 1, 2021 or later. Due to COVID-19, all interviews will be conducted remotely. The position is located in Lawrence, Kansas in the Dole Human Development Center (1000 Sunnyside Avenue).
Trainees may receive training in a variety of research areas depending upon their interests. Trainees will be expected to both advance their own program of research as well as collaborate on ongoing projects associated with one or more program faculty. There will be a significant emphasis on professional development as well including training on starting and running an independent lab, writing manuscripts for publication, disseminating results and grant writing. Fellows will be expected to develop and submit their own application for external funding to a major federal agency or private foundation in the course of the training period (e.g., NIH, Autism Speaks, IES, etc.). Fellows will be expected to develop collaborations with University of Kansas faculty interested in intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) including but not limited to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Fragile X Syndrome, Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS), and Down Syndrome. The University of Kansas-Lawrence is affiliated with KU Medical Center (KUMC) and offers a range of rich environments with diverse research expertise across each of these areas including the many resources listed below:

  • Life Span Institute ( )
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center ( )
  • Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training ( )
  • Hoglund Brain Imaging Center ( )
  • Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities ( )
  • Juniper Gardens Children’s Project ( )
  • Due to COVID restrictions, this position will work remotely for most responsibilities and transition to on-site work when deemed safe and necessary to do so.

    Job Description

    Fellows will work with their chosen mentors, including either Drs. Mosconi, Warren, Boyd, Brady, Shogren, or Colombo. They will also have the opportunity to gain valuable research experiences working with collaborators at KU and the KU Medical Center. Responsibilities will include the following efforts:

    • 70% - Work with assigned mentor(s) on research projects relevant to IDD. Activities may include research design and analysis, test administration, data collection, study design, grant writing, and participation in lab meetings, dissemination of research findings in peer reviewed journals and nation/international scientific meetings.  
    • 30% - Work with mentor(s) to develop an individual program of research including research design and analysis, granting writing, and presentations/publications.

    Required Qualifications

  • PhD in a discipline related to intellectual and developmental disabilities such as cognitive neuroscience, communication science and disorders, developmental and/or clinical psychology, special education, and related disciplines.
  • At least three years of doctoral or combined doctoral/postdoctoral experience conducting research relevant to intellectual and development disabilities/ASD as evidenced by application materials.
  • Excellent writing and analytic skills as evidenced by application materials and multiple peer-reviewed publications and/or presentations.
  • NOTE:

    To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD conferred at the time of hire. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis not to exceed 6-months. Upon verification of degree the appointment will be extended to its full duration.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • History of conducting and presenting research relevant to intellectual and developmental disabilities.  
  • Experience with statistics and advanced quantitative methods.

  • Additional Candidate Instruction

    A complete online application includes a cover letter, vitae, professional writing sample (e.g. publication, dissertation), 1-2 page research statement including a description of the primary research interest(s) and potential match with a member or members of our mentoring team, and contact information for three professional references.

    Review of applications will begin on 12/19/2020 and will continue until a qualified applicant pool has been identified.

    Advertised Salary Range

    Consistent with NIH rates and based on years of experience

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    Anticipated Start Date


    Limited Term End Date


    Primary Campus

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding, Limited Term


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