Project Title: Ciencia en Relatos: Latine Families' Talk about Science in Stories with Young Children
Title: Postdoctoral Researcher
Division/Department: Steinhardt/IHDSC - Department of Applied Psychology
Reports to: Gigliana Melzi, Principal Investigator
Work Location: New York University
Work Schedule: Full Time
Benefits Eligible: Full benefits
Paid Time Off: Yes
Start/End Date: September 1, 2021 - June 2024
Latine/x Families' Talk about Science in Stories with Young Children
This project is funded by the EHR Core Research (ECR) program, which supports work that advances fundamental research on STEM learning and learning environments, broadening participation in STEM, and STEM workforce development. The overarching goal of the project is to identify cultural strengths that support early science learning opportunities among Spanish-speaking children from immigrant Latin American communities, a population that is traditionally underrepresented in STEM educational and career pursuits. Building on a growing interest in the ways stories can promote early engagement in and understanding of science, the project will investigate the role of oral and written stories as culturally relevant and potentially powerful tools for making scientific ideas and inquiry practices meaningful and accessible for young Latine/x children. Findings will reveal ways that family storytelling practices can provide accessible entry points for Latine/x children's early science learning, and recommend methods that parents and educators can use to foster learning about scientific practices that can, in turn, increase interest and participation in science education and fields. The project is a collaborative effort with Drs. Catherine Haden from Loyola University, and Maureen Callanan from UC Santa Cruz.
The Postdoctoral Researcher will participate in all aspects of research management, development and implementation of the three-year project. They will supervise part-time student researchers working on the project. They will also serve as the main liaison with caregivers and teachers and staff in our partnering preschools.
The Postdoctoral Researcher will work closely with the project PI, Gigliana Melzi, and collaborate closely with with post-docs, students and faculty researchers from the two partnering institutions, NYU, as well as those associated with DREME network (https://dreme.stanford.edu). The postdoctoral researchers will gain valuable experience working with museum and preschool partners in organizational structures at institutions that are very different from a university.
We are seeking applicants with a completed doctoral degree in psychology, education or related fields with research interests in child development, preferably early STEM development. Experience conducting research in partnerships with Spanish speaking immigrant communities, as well quantitative and qualitative data analyses are strongly preferred. Given the linguistic and backgrounds of the families, the successful candidate will have more than a working knowledge of Spanish.
Please submit the following documents via interfolio:
Preprints/reprints of papers (1 -2)
Contact information for two professional/academic references
For people in the EU, click here for information on your privacy rights under GDPR: www.nyu.edu/it/gdpr
NYU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its recruitment and hiring process without regard to age, alienage, caregiver status, childbirth, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, domestic violence victim status, ethnicity, familial status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital status, military status, national origin, parental status, partnership status, predisposing genetic characteristics, pregnancy, race, religion, reproductive health decision making, sex, sexual orientation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.
NYU aims to be among the greenest urban campuses in the country and carbon neutral by 2040. Learn more at nyu.edu/sustainability
Internal Number: 88633
About New York University
Founded in 1831, New York University is now one of the largest private universities in the United States. Of the more than 3,000 colleges and universities in America, New York University is one of only 60 member institutions of the distinguished Association of American Universities.