Postdoctoral Associate  

Institute of Human Development and Social Change

New York University

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development


New York University Job Description
Area: Parenting, School Readiness, and Early Childhood Education/pre-K
Specific Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Division/Department: Institute of Human Development and Social Change
Reports to: Pamela Morris, Ph.D.

Work Location: New York University, Washington Square Campus
Work Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Range: Commensurate with experience
Benefits Eligible? Yes  


General Summary:

Dr. Pamela Morris is seeking a postdoctoral-level associate as a research team member for projects spanning the areas of parenting, school readiness, early childhood education, and pre-kindergarten at the intersection of research, practice, and policy.


Dr. Morris’ current work spans two main projects: 1) the study of an integrated primary/secondary parenting intervention within the population-scalable pediatric care platform called Smart Beginnings (see here); and 2) large-scale randomized experiments of enhancements to preschool, work with NYC’s Department of Education to strengthen the research architecture in the context of their historic Universal Pre-K expansion (see here). For a description of Dr. Morris’ portfolio of research, please visit her NYU Faculty Bio page here.


The Postdoctoral Associate’s primary responsibilities include assisting with proposal development, data analysis, and write-up of findings in the form of journal articles and book chapters; additional responsibilities will include study coordination and project management. The position will allow for a dynamic experience that offers both breadth and depth in the realm of early childhood research and policy work. The Postdoctoral Associate position offers a number of excellent training opportunities, including collaboration with senior and junior members of the research team and cross-institutional networking. There is a rich array of seminars in related areas of study and workshops in research methods and statistics available through the Institute of Human Development and Social Change and through NYU more broadly. Competitive postdoctoral salary and attractive fringe benefits; support for local travel costs and conference travel related to study activities. Minimum one-year commitment required, with the potential for a one-year renewal pending satisfactory performance and budgetary approval.



The candidate must have completed (or will have completed by August 2020) doctoral training in prevention science, developmental, clinical, or educational psychology, or related social science field. Experience in grants development and manuscript preparation is critical. Relevant analytic skills are required, including proficiency in quantitative methodology (with experience programming in SAS, STATA and Mplus preferred). Ability to work well independently and in a multidisciplinary team; good organization skills and attention to detail; and excellent oral and written communication skills necessary. Track record of academic publications and presentations for scholarly and policy audiences a plus.


To Apply:

We are accepting applications immediately and will review applications on a rolling basis. To apply, upload CV, statement of interest, writing sample (thesis chapter or published article), and names, phone numbers and email addresses of three referees to Interfolio ( If you have any questions, please contact Helena Wippick ().

This is a full-time position with benefits at New York University’s Washington Square Campus. Salary is commensurate with experience. 


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