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Cultivate Learning currently has an outstanding opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. This is a full-time, twelve-month position with a possible extension dependent upon available funding and satisfactory performance in the role.
Partnership for Pre-K Improvement (PPI) is a multi-year cross-state case study examining the development of research-practice partnership and its role in continuously improving the quality of publicly funded preschool systems and programs. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will engage collaboratively in multiple facets of this large-scale study from data collection, analysis, and dissemination of findings while building relationships with partners across the research, policy, and advocacy sectors in three states: Washington, Oregon, and Tennessee.
This position will require providing ongoing assistance around collecting, interpreting, writing, and presenting qualitative data to deepen the field's understanding on how states learn from and engage in partnership to drive quality improvement. We are specifically seeking team members who bring a racial equity lens and contribute to our team's ongoing dialog and learning about how varying forms of inequities intersect and shape the context and processes of strengthening the quality of state early learning programs. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the PI, and in collaboration with a team, the person in this position will:
* Complete training to learn about the PPI conceptual framework and study design.
* Support cross-state data collection efforts including coordinating site visits to partner states, observing and documenting field notes and interviews, and coordinating database management and communication supports.
* Provide assistance with analysis, writing, and dissemination efforts.
* Attend biweekly case study team meetings.
* Report weekly updates and attend weekly Post Doc check-in meetings with the PI.
* Collaborate with a team of faculty members, project coordinators, and research assistants.
The University of Washington and the International Union, Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, Local 4121 (UAW 4121) currently are negotiating their first collective bargaining agreement for Postdoctoral Scholars. Employees in this title are represented by UAW 4121 and will be subject to the applicable collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information and updates on the bargaining process, please visit https://hr.uw.edu/labor/unions/uaw/postdoc-negotiation-updates.
* PhD or foreign equivalent in early childhood education, child development, developmental psychology, public policy, or related field
* Deep understanding of U.S. federal and/or state early childhood policies and programs
* Knowledge of equity-focused innovation in early learning, research-practice partnerships, design-based implementation research, continuous quality improvement
* Prior coursework or experience in qualitative interview analysis methods
* A genuine interest in how early education systems and programs improve
* Strong academic writing and oral communication skills
* Excellent time management and organizational skills
Other preferred attributes to be assessed during the application process include:
* Familiarity with qualitative data software (i.e., Dedoose)
* Engaged and well-informed in public debates surrounding public preschool and state efforts towards expanding access to high quality PreK
(1) A detailed, one-page cover letter describing (a) why you are interested in this project, (b) how the project relates to your research / professional goals, and (c) relevant and applicable experiences, skills, and knowledge; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) names and contact information for three references (please do not send recommendation letters at this time. Letters will be requested for all semi-finalists); and (4) one example of scholarly writing.
Send queries about the position to the PI, Dr. Soojin Park at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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