Month: August 2020

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Community-Based Playful Learning: Temple University Infant and Child Lab

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Community-Based Playful Learning: Temple University Infant and Child Lab

Post-doctoral fellow position available for an exciting project studying the science of learning in public settings. Can architectural design infused with cognitive and social learning opportunities offer families a new way to support children’s growth and development? The project involves community-based playful learning research with Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, along with a team of collaborators at University of California-Irvine.

We are looking for an energetic scientist who has worked in the area of playful learning and/or child development more broadly, to work on a National Science Foundation – Advancing Informal STEM Learning (NSF-AISL) funded project. The Playful Learning Landscapes project is designed to promote STEM learning in public spaces using evidence-based, culturally tailored installations and examine the effects of these installations on caregiver-child interactions, children’s STEM learning, and community-wide attitudes towards informal STEM learning. The postdoc will work alongside our team to lead the expansion of the project to Santa Ana from Philadelphia, and will be responsible for managing the training to ensure fidelity and alignment between the two cities. This position offers an opportunity to conduct psychological community-based research that can translate into social impact. Initial appointment will be for a 12-month period and will be renewable subject to performance and availability of funding. The anticipated start date is October 1st, 2020.

As the project manager, the post-doctoral fellow will be expected to participate at all levels of the project. The responsibilities include:

  • Data collection in the field,
  • Training and supervision of undergraduate and graduate RAs and other project staff,
  • Developing new projects with multiple university and non-academic collaborators,
  • Running focus groups,
  • Data coding and analysis,
  • Write-up and dissemination of results for internal reports and peer-reviewed publications,Presentation of findings in national and international conferences,
  • Developing and sustaining relationships with community groups and foundations,
  • Hosting workshops and consulting for local, national, and international partners,
  • Research grants administration and accounting

Required qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Psychology, Education, Human Development, or a related field
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Experience working with children/families in research settings
  • Ability to travel to off-site locations that may not be accessible by public transportation
  • Training in one of more of the following areas including cognition, language development, mathematics development, spatial development, executive functioning, community-based research, and play
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, writing, and organizational skills
  • Ability to interact with a diverse population of participants
  • Proficiency with SPSS, SAS, and/or R
  • Knowledge of advanced statistical modeling (HLM, SEM, etc.)
  • Programming skills (preferred)

Please send a resume/CV, cover letter, and research statement to Jelani Medford, Lab Manager, at Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Please visit our website ( for more information about the lab.


Jelani Medford

Lab Manager
Temple University Infant and Child Lab
Widener Hall, Suite 217
580 Meetinghouse Road
Ambler, PA 19002
Office phone: 267-468-8610

RA Professor Position in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Dear Colleagues

Please forward this postdoc opportunity to potential candidates.  More can be learned about this position at:  Questions can be directed to me.


The Ballad Health ETSU Strong BRAIN Institute (SBI) seeks a nontenure-track research assistant professor interested in conducting innovative multidisciplinary research on the prevention and mitigation of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), broadly defined. The SBI is the innovation of the BRAIN Trust, a talented and dedicated group of researchers comprised of 14 faculty and department chairs from all eight ETSU academic colleges. The SBI is made possible by a generous five-year gift from Ballad Health. The initial appointment is for one year, and renewable for at least a total of five years, depending on the availability of funding.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on a variety of ACES-related research initiatives developed by multiple interdisciplinary collaborations, with the potential for overseeing new research and extramural funding initiatives. There will also be opportunities for the candidate to serve as Principal Investigator of his or her own projects and grant submissions.

The goals of the SBI are to 1) promote the awareness and empirical study of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), 2) promote the development and dissemination of evidence-based practices that prevent, reduce, or mitigate the negative effects of ACEs on health and health disparities, and 3) promote a trauma-informed citizenry and workforce in the Appalachian Highlands region and beyond. You will report to the Director of the SBI and manage a physical SBI presence on the ETSU main campus. The SBI is housed administratively under the ETSU School of Graduate Studies.

We’re looking for a self-starting team player to fit our highly productive, but widely spread-out group. Our common interest is a commitment to the goals of the SBI, so we are looking for someone who can help coordinate us as we pursue our multiply varied externally-funded endeavors.

ETSU is surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains, and is located in Johnson City, Tennessee, which contributes to a metropolitan statistical area of 200,000 residents. The area enjoys a mild climate in both summer and winter, and boasts numerous waterways, parks, trails, and resorts for year-round recreational activities. The area has been ranked as a desirable place to live by several national publications. In 2016, Johnson City was ranked by Kiplinger magazine as one of the “10 Least-Expensive Cities for Living in the USA,” and among the top five retirement destinations in the country.

ETSU is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all of our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. Successful candidates should have a demonstrated commitment and contribution to fostering and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Position is contingent upon sufficient funding.


Wallace E. Dixon, Jr., Ph.D.

Chair and Professor of Psychology

Director, ETSU/Ballad Health Strong BRAIN Institute            

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, TN  37614 

(423) 439-6656