Postdoctoral Fellow in Research Data Management and Educational Measurement

ED Elementary Education

Competition No.  -    A113645981
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Duration: Two years, subject to satisfactory performance review following the first year 

Start date: January 1, 2022 (earlier start date may be negotiated with Project Director) 

Citizenship restrictions: None

Stipend: $50,000 annually, plus supplemental health benefits and $5,000 professional development travel allowance ($2,500/year)

Closing date: Review of applications will begin September 30, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Elementary Education is inviting applications for a two-year postdoctoral position for the management and administration of various mix-methods research projects including quality assurance processing and analysis of large-scale pan-Canadian surveys.

Applicants will have an excellent academic record, a beginning record of conference presentations and/or scholarly publications, and a research program development plan that is aligned with the position. The postdoctoral fellow will work as a junior investigator on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) funded national Partnership Grant (www.thinking-historically.ca).

Responsibilities include administrating, coordinating, and completing research sub-projects, managing day-to-day research activities, training and mentoring research assistants and graduate students, assuming leadership roles (e.g., on the partnership’s Research Data Management Committee) and working closely and cooperatively with research staff. The successful applicant may also be able to undertake other related research responsibilities within the research mandate of the Department of Elementary Education and/or the Department of Educational Psychology. The successful candidate will participate fully in research and related scholarly activities and work with a team of researchers at the University of Alberta, a top five university in Canada, and will have extensive opportunities to network with Partnership Grant co-investigators and partner organizations from across Canada.

The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge and skill sets in:

  • General knowledge of and experience with mixed methods research processes, survey development, and delivery.
  • General knowledge regarding research data management (RDM) best practices across the research lifecycle - from data collection, quality assurance and processing, analysis, and dissemination and beyond into the long term deposit and preservation of data (https://science.gc.ca/eic/site/063.nsf/eng/h_97610.html). 
  • Understanding of the importance, benefits, and key components of a Research Data Management Plan. Experience with the development and implementation of Data Management Plans is an asset.
  • Measurement theory and application, specifically, classical test score theory and/or IRT, and working knowledge of standards in educational and psychological measurement would be beneficial.
  • Mixed methods data processing and analysis, including for the purposes of quality assurance and data integrity. This includes generating basic descriptives and analytic outputs.
  • Familiarity with analytic software such as SPSS, STATA, R, Nvivo, and/or other software as required.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in all aspects of data management and analysis, and in communication with content and subject-matter experts. 
  • Ability to conduct systematic literature reviews related to the research topic(s).
  • Willingness to engage in professional learning as required for the position. Opportunities and support for professional learning will be available to the successful applicant.
  • Strong organizational, English-language writing, and interpersonal skills.
  • Fluency in French an asset.

The successful candidate will be mentored by Dr. Carla Peck (Elementary Education) and Dr. Jacqueline Leighton (Educational Psychology). For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Carla Peck at 780-492-9623 or carla.peck@ualberta.ca.

To Apply: Applicants should submit the following in a single PDF document to yl22@ualberta.ca. Please included “POST DOC APPLICATION” in email subject field.

  • A letter of interest for the position to be considered with your application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proof of completion of PhD or EdD (awarded within 5 years prior to the proposed start date but no later than June 30, 2017)
  • A statement (1-2 pages) of research interests and experience with data management and mixed methods (especially quantitative) research processes and analysis
  • Two examples of recent scholarly writing/publications
  • Three letters of reference to be sent directly from referees to yl22@ualberta.ca (Please ask referees to include “POST DOC REFERENCE” in the subject field)

About the University and Edmonton:

The University of Alberta (www.ualberta.ca) is one of the largest and most research productive universities in Canada. With more than 39,000 students from 146 countries, the U of A regularly ranks in the top 4 universities in the country and in the top 100 universities in the world according to QS Worldwide university rankings. Please see our website for additional information.

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We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.