[MATHLINK] Purdue PURPOSE Postdoctoral Fellowship - one additional line

Purpura, David J purpura at purdue.edu
Thu Feb 9 15:32:35 CST 2023

Dear colleagues,

We still have one remaining postdoc position we're searching for in our PURPOSE Postdoctoral Program. We're hiring four postdocs in early STEM learning with the specific purpose of linking the study of early STEM and non-STEM areas. We're interested in candidates with experience in either early STEM or other academic, cognitive, affective areas (e.g., literacy, language, motivation, identity/belonging, behavioral genetics, parent-child interactions, dual language learners, etc.) who want to integrate across STEM and other areas (or candidates who study these areas at older ages and want to connect their work to younger ages). The postdocs will be paid $70,000/year for two years and will each receive $5,000/year in research/travel funds. Postdocs will have opportunities to work with any of six faculty: David Purpura, Cammie McBride, Valerie Knopik, Robert Duncan, Sarah Eason, and Jennifer Finders. Please note that for this final line we will be prioritizing candidates who are interested in working with Cammie McBride<https://hhs.purdue.edu/directory/catherine-cammie-mcbride/>, Valerie Knopik<https://hhs.purdue.edu/directory/valerie-knopik/>, or Sarah Eason<https://hhs.purdue.edu/directory/sarah-eason/>. See below for the job ad. Applications can be submitted through our online job portal (https://careers.purdue.edu/job/West-Lafayette-Post-Doc-Research-Associate-IN-47906/946811200/) by clicking on the "apply now" button. Review will begin immediately and continue until filled. Please share with any candidates who may be interested. You can also email me the name and contact information of candidates you think would be interested and I would be happy to reach out directly to them. Please note that, due to funder requirements, the postdocs must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents.



Post Doc Research Associates
Job Summary

Purdue University Research Program On STEM Education (PURPOSE) Postdoctoral Training Initiative in Human Development and Family Studies is seeking FOUR postdoctoral scholars
PURPOSE is a National Science Foundation-funded institutional postdoctoral training program which is hosted through the Center for Early Learning in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University. The training program is recruiting four two-year postdocs in the areas of early childhood STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning and development in informal and/or formal learning environments (i.e., home and school environments).
A core focus of this training program will be on the integration of STEM and other school readiness domains, such as language, literacy, social-emotional functioning, and executive functions during early childhood years. You will join a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary department and contribute to the innovative and high-impact research being conducted within the Center for Early Learning.
An increased focus is placed on understanding the development of early academic and cognitive skills, particularly early STEM, during the foundational preschool and primary school years. Though significant advancements have been made in understanding how these domains individually develop, much of the work in this field is siloed within respective domains. Advancing cross-domain research is hampered due to limited opportunities for early career scholars to obtain training in multiple domains. Thus, PURPOSE is explicitly focused on bridging this training gap.

Additional Information on PURPOSE
The PURPOSE postdocs will receive scientific and professional development in the following three areas:

  *   Research: opportunities to engage in ongoing projects that focus on advancing equity in early STEM education research with minoritized populations, understanding the cross-domain development of early STEM and non-STEM skills, and developing their own independent projects
  *   Practice: providing professional development to pre-, and in-service educators, contributing to practitioner-based publications, developing practices to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in academic communities
  *   Policy: learning how education policy affects STEM learning, supporting policy-relevant professional development that incorporates attention to structural barriers
You will also be supported through a foundation of professional learning (e.g., providing explicit training on “the hidden curriculum” of academia and the practices of the scientific process), DEI (in contexts of both their scholarly and professional development), and mentoring (both the provision of mentoring and learning how to mentor). The PURPOSE postdocs will have one primary mentor and one secondary mentor that could include Drs. David Purpura, Valerie Knopik, Cammie McBride, Robert Duncan, Sarah Eason, and Jennifer Finders. The faculty profiles which include the research interests of the faculty members can be found here<https://hhs.purdue.edu/about-hhs/directory/?hhs_department_staff=Department%20of%20Human%20Development%20and%20Family%20Studies>.

Required Qualifications

  *   Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, Education, Psychology, Communication Disorders, or related field completed by the start of the employment
  *   Research interests in early childhood STEM or other school readiness domains with an interest in connecting across STEM and other areas
Additional Desired Qualifications

  *   Quantitative or mixed-methods training
  *   Ability to work collaboratively with a research team
  *   Applicants with a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are preferred

How to apply
The start date is negotiable, but the preferred start is no later than August 1st, 2023.

For best consideration, applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled, and interviews will be conducted over Zoom. Please submit 1) a maximum two-page cover letter that describes your interests in the position and potential mentors (identify your preferred primary mentor), 2) a CV (including items in preparation), 3) a maximum 500-word DEI statement (emphasizing how your prior research and/or future projects and professional engagement demonstrate an understanding of, and a commitment to, issues of DEI in your field and in the academic community), 4) one scholarly writing sample (published or unpublished manuscript; we recommend candidates submit the research they are most proud of, regardless of journal or publication status), and 5) names and contact information of two references who will be contacted at a later point in the review process. Questions can be directed to Dr. David Purpura (purpura at purdue.edu). Prospective applicants are also encouraged to contact the faculty with whom they are interested in working. Please use the subject line NSF PURPOSE POSTDOC in all correspondence.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. A background check will be required for employment in this position. As specified by the NSF grant requirements, candidates must be U.S. citizens, national, or legally admitted permanent resident aliens of the United States.

Compensation Information
The targeted salary will be $70,000 per year and postdocs will receive $5,000 per year in research/travel funding. Responsibilities may include engagement in ongoing projects, development of new research projects, intervention development, manuscript preparation, conference presentations, project management, presentation of findings, and development and implementation of dissemination events for families and schools.


David J. Purpura, Ph.D.
Professor, Human Development and Family Science

Director, Center for Early Learning

Purdue University
1200 W. State Street, Rm 223
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2055
(email) purpura at purdue.edu<mailto:purpura at purdue.edu>
(phone) 765-494-2947


-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://the-mcls.org/pipermail/mathlink_the-mcls.org/attachments/20230209/ad9600f2/attachment-0001.html>

More information about the MATHLINK mailing list