The Boys Town Child and Family Translational Research Center (TRC) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate.


The initial appointment is for two years, and is renewable for a third year contingent on annual performance reviews and availability of funding. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will have a unique opportunity to conduct translational research within a service setting, studying the etiology of child and family functioning and evaluating prevention and treatment interventions in the areas of parent training, family services, school intervention, and out-of-home care. Routine clinical data collected during the provision of multiple family and school services as well as research data from NIH- and IES-funded grants are available for analysis with guidance from interdisciplinary staff members. Productive collaborations exist with research partners in university settings (e.g., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Iowa State University, the University of Washington) and will be available. Primary responsibilities will include data analysis and preparation of manuscripts for publication. There also will be opportunities to play a role in data collection and intervention efforts, as well participate in research grant proposal submissions.


Minimum qualifications: Applicants must have a PhD in psychology, child/adolescent development, social work, or a closely related field by the date of hire. There must be a demonstrated interest in translational research conducted within a service setting for application to practice as well as advancement of the scientific literature.


Preferred qualifications: Strong quantitative skills related to longitudinal and intervention methods (e.g., SEM, multilevel modeling). Strong record of peer-reviewed publications. Some grant writing experience.


Interested individuals may contact Alex Mason for more information:

W. Alex Mason, Ph.D.

Senior Director

Boys Town Child and Family Translational Research Center

531-355-1269 (Office)



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