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Boston University Postdoctoral Associate in Early Care and Education Policy Research in Boston, United States

Boston University’s School of Social Work’s (BUSSW) invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellow whose research focuses on early care and education (e.g., child care subsidies, supply and quality of child care, disparity in access) and intersection between early care and education and other public assistance systems, such as child welfare, cash assistance program. The projects are conducted by the research partnership between Boston University, Brandeis University, and Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. The Post-Doctoral Research fellow will coordinate multiple aspects of the projects with the research team, lead the data analysis, guide research assistants, assist with writing research briefs and manuscripts, assist with writing grant proposals in collaborating with training faculty, and support dissemination efforts. The postdoctoral research fellow will work closely with the PI on the project and the research team.

Required Skills

Requirements A doctoral degree in social work, public policy, economics, developmental psychology, or a related field is required. Applicants must have completed their PhD prior to beginning the fellowship. Preferred candidates will have:

  • Advanced proficiency in quantitative research methods, with various advanced statistical modeling, including data management, analysis, and reporting

  • Extensive experience working with administrative data, ACS, or census data

  • Established track record in early care and education policy research or other relevant areas.

  • Excellent academic writing and verbal communication skills as evidenced by prior work.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team (ability to interact respectfully with research team members, professional staff and/or external contacts to offer ideas, identify issues and obtain information)

    Estimated Appointment This fellowship requires a 12-month commitment and can be extended. The position is full-time, and grant funded. This is a hybrid position with several days in the office and remote work. Competitive salary and benefits package. In addition to salary, the fellow will have funds to support academic conferences and computer/software needs and will be given time to conduct independent research of their own.

    To Apply Earliest start date is January 2023. All application materials submit to yha@bu.edu:

  • A one to two-page cover letter describing prior training, research interests, and goals

  • A current curriculum vitae

  • Two self-selected writings representative of the applicant’s best work

  • Contact information for two references

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Please note all newly hired staff and faculty will need to be in compliance with Boston University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement (https://www.bu.edu/hr/hr-covid-19-resources/vaccine-required-for-faculty-and-staff/) within 30 days of date of hire. You must upload your vaccine documentation or request a medical or religious exemption (instructions (https://www.bu.edu/hr/hr-covid-19-resources/upload-your-covid-vaccination-documentation/) ). For further information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Resources (https://www.bu.edu/buohc/covid-19/) site.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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