April 6, 2015

Postdoctoral position in adoption research at UMass Amherst

Postdoctoral Position in the Rudd Adoption Research Program
University of Massachusetts Amherst

About University of Massachusetts Amherst:
UMass Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.

Job Description:
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research scholar in the Rudd Adoption Research Program.  The research, funded through the Rudd Family Foundation Chair, concerns using data from the 4-wave longitudinal Minnesota Texas Adoption Research Project; the 4-wave National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health); and other data sets.  The candidate will also coordinate the research lab for the Rudd Adoption Research Program, prepare articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals, make presentations at professional conferences, and prepare grant applications. Initial appointment is one year, renewable up to an additional 2 years continent upon excellent performance and available funding. Post-doctoral research associates at the University of Massachusetts are unionized and receive standard salary and benefits, depending upon experience.

The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in psychology or related social science field concerned with the psychology of adoption, earned within the past five years. Strong quantitative statistical skills, knowledge of data analytic techniques, and proficiency with SPSS software for data analysis is required. Knowledge of other programs such as R, HLM, LISREL and Mplus is preferred. Must have working knowledge and expertise in clinical, developmental, and adoption research, including areas such as family relationships, adolescent and young adult development, identity development, psychological adjustment, and development of intimacy and romantic relationships. Peer-reviewed publications concerning adoption, foster care, or closely related topics. The candidate must have initiative, drive, and scientific creativity; the ability to design and carry out research projects concerning adoption and to do library research. Must have strong communication skills, both written and oral, as well as excellent organization and interpersonal skills and attention to details.

Additional Information:
The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body.  The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.  Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

Application Instructions:
Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, up to 3 publications, and the names and contact information of at least three references.  Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of May 11, 2015 in order to ensure consideration.  Please submit materials online to: http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=58428

For more information on our programs, please see:
Minnesota Texas Adoption Research Project: http://www.psych.umass.edu/adoption/
Rudd Chair and Adoption Research Program:  http://www.psych.umass.edu/ruddchair/
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences: http://www.psych.umass.edu/

Center for Research on Families: http://www.umass.edu/family/

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