Postdoctoral Researcher at Purdue University

Postdoctoral position in Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University 

Dr. Sara Schmitt is seeking to hire a postdoctoral researcher to collaborate on a study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that is focused on identifying mechanisms (e.g., executive function, spatial skills) underlying causal associations between block play in preschool and mathematics outcomes. The position is for one year initially with the potential for an additional year depending on performance.

Responsibilities may include: project management, data management, manuscript preparation, mentorship of research assistants, presentation of findings, and administration of coding schemes for video recordings.

Required Qualifications
•    PhD in Education, Psychology, Human Development, or related field completed by the start of the employment
•    Background expertise in early childhood development, early mathematics, executive function, and school readiness
•    Strong research and analytic skills

Additional Desired Qualifications
•    Experience developing or implementing interventions with schools or families

•    Ability to work collaboratively with a research team

Start date is negotiable, but preferred start is no later than August 16th, 2021.

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter that describes your interests and fit with the position, CV, a scholarly writing sample, and names and contact information of three references. Questions can be directed to Dr. Sara Schmitt (

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Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. A background check will be required for employment in this position.