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  • Postdoctoral Research Associate 

    Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Prof. Sade Bonilla
    Graduate School of Education
    University of Pennsylvania
    Job Overview
    The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellow within the Education Policy Division of the University of Pennsylvania’s. The start date for the position is planned for Summer 2024, with some flexibility. The successful candidate will work closely with Professor Sade Bonilla on research initiatives studying teacher labor markets and leadership. This opportunity involves collaborative engagement with the School District of Philadelphia (SDP). Furthermore, the postdoctoral fellow will be positioned to lend their quasi-experimental expertise to the evaluation of other SDP initiatives. Penn GSE provides postdoctoral fellow with access to a wide variety of enrichment opportunities, including numerous seminar series, professional development (e.g., grant writing), and generous support for participating in conferences.  
    Key Functions and Expected Performances:
    The successful candidate will work collaboratively with Professor Sade Bonilla to advance a robust scholarly agenda. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Collaboration with Professor Bonilla and fellow members of the research and project team to document administrative data with attention to detail.
    • Conduct rigorous quasi-experimental data analysis following standards of practice.
    • Offer guidance and mentorship to undergraduate and graduate student research assistants.
    • Craft reports for funders documenting project progress and outcomes.
    • Engage in manuscript writing to disseminate research findings in academic journals.
    • Communicate effectively with research partners to ensure productive collaboration; and deliver presentations to research partners, practitioners, and audiences at research conferences.


  • SCALE Postdoctoral Fellow 

    Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Susanna Loeb


    Important Info

    Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): Loeb, Susanna
    Stanford Departments and Centers: Graduate School of Education (GSE)
    Postdoc Appointment Term: August 1, 2024 to July 31, 2025 (renewable)
    Appointment Start Date: August 1, 2024
    How to Submit Application Materials: For full consideration, send a complete application in a single PDF to  with the subject line: “Postdoc Fellowship - Loeb”
    Does this position pay above the required minimum?: Yes. The expected base pay range for this position is listed in Pay Range field. The pay offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors including (but not limited to) the qualifications of the selected candidate, budget availability, and internal equity.
    Pay Range: $82,000
    SCALE Postdoctoral Fellow: NSSA Project, Professor Susanna Loeb
    The National Student Support Accelerator (NSSA) is a program of the SCALE Initiative (Systems Change for Advancing Learning and Equity) at Stanford University. Research shows that tutoring delivered three or more times a week by consistent, trained tutors using quality materials and data to inform instruction is one of the most effective academic interventions. Tutoring has long been available to well-resourced students. But low income students and students of color have rarely had access to the kind of intensive tutoring that could improve their learning trajectories. NSSA is devoted to learning about how to provide this relationship-based, personalized instruction across contexts and to translating research into promising action on the ground through research-backed tools and engagement. Our vision is that every K-12 student in need will have access to an effective tutor that champions and ensures their learning and success.
    The NSSA research team partners with school districts and tutoring providers across the country to learn about the effectiveness of new and innovative programs, to learn about features of programs that drive effective, to better understand the challenges to implementation and how to overcome those challenges, and to utilize the unique data provided by tutoring to better understand teaching and learning. The postdoctoral fellow will contribute to this work through the design and implementation of randomized controlled trials, the analysis of administrative data, potentially the analysis of video and audio data, studies of implementation through interviews, and the building and maintaining of trusting relationships with partners.

    Mentorship structure
    The postdoc will work largely in GSE facilities and be a part of the GSE community which hosts social events, professional development experiences, and guest speakers. They will report to and meet regularly with the PI who will provide professional mentorship and guidance for managing the NSSA project. They will interact with members of the NSSA team and build relationships including with school districts across the country. A key goal is to ensure that the postdoc is able to establish some projects for subsequent publication or creation of a new research program.
    SCALE is committed to creating a diverse community of scholars who are engaged in contributing to the understanding and advancement of more equitable and effective educational opportunities for students. All members of the team are expected to participate in professional development, cohort-building, and other programmatic activities organized by SCALE.
    Evaluation criteria
    • Interest in educational equity and improvement
    • Experience managing and analyzing large-scale administrative data using econometric techniques (quantitative methodologies).
    • Experience designing and implementing randomized controlled trials.
    • Demonstrated ability to partner with educators, including clear verbal communication skills with the ability to energize and excite
    • Ability to identify, motivate and design studies of educational importance.
    • Prior record of written research products such as journal articles and research reports.
    • Attentive to issues of equity and inclusion and multiple forms of diversity
    • Application Deadline: Review will begin April 1, 2024 (Applicants advancing in the review process may be asked to submit additional materials, including letters of recommendation, and may be invited to interview.)
    • This is a 1-year appointment starting Summer 2024, with the potential for renewal
    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

  • Early Childhood Policy Fellow/Research Scientist 

    Boston University’s Wheelock Educational Policy Center (WEPC) conducts and disseminates rigorous, policy-relevant research in partnership with local, state, and federal policymakers and stakeholders to improve educational opportunities and holistic outcomes for traditionally marginalized students. WEPC’s research addresses key policy questions focused on equalizing educational opportunity, improving specialized services for students, and supporting an effective educator workforce.

    Working in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care, WEPC seeks a research scientist to help with the development of a policy-aligned research agenda and data infrastructure plan that will advance Massachusetts’ efforts to better be positioned to understand the composition, drivers and quality of the early childhood workforce in the state. Given the nascent stage of EEC’s data infrastructure, the first year of this fellowship is really designed to help set a foundation and put in place some building blocks for future research insights. 

    Reporting to WEPC’s Executive Director with regular engagement with and direction from EEC’s Senior Associate Commissioner for Policy, Research and Data Analyticsthe Early Education Policy Fellow will:

    • Work with various stakeholders to help build a research agenda with short and long-term questions aimed at better understanding the current early childhood workforce and other aspects of the early care and education system in the state and providing insights aimed at large-scale policy interventions in the future.
    • Scope out in detail 2-3 of the short-term, focused research projects and begin working towards project launch
    • Support the development and analysis of an educator workforce survey EEC is planning to deliver in 2023-24
    • Understand existing data infrastructure within EEC (and other connected agencies) and support the state in identifying additional elements as well as collection and reporting mechanisms that would improve research capabilities moving forward
    • Write funding proposals and grant applications aimed at supporting the data and research efforts outlined above
    • Help to explore and potentially pursue data-use agreements with other government agencies (e.g., Department of Higher Education, Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, Department of Labor, etc.) aligned with the specified research agenda
    • Other activities as warranted by the needs of the partners and aligned with the overall goals of the partnership
    The responsibilities outlined above are focused on early efforts to build a research partnership and, as such, are focused on relationships, identifying policy-relevant questions and mapping data needs. It is the intention of both WEPC and EEC that this research be a long-term collaboration. With additional outside funds secured to support this work, we anticipate the research scientist position to transition to continuing and executing on the building efforts articulated in the scope above. In that capacity, moving forward, the research scientist would be responsible for:
    • Designing and conducting research on early childhood workforce policies in Massachusetts; serving as a principal investigator and/or project coordinator
    • Facilitating ongoing relationship with EEC and liaising with colleagues at BU Wheelock to ensure coherent and coordinated partnership support across multiple streams of collaboration
    • Writing and presenting key research and evaluation findings to a variety of external audiences including researchers, practitioners and policymakers
    • Serving as Primary Investigator and/or project coordination on studies or other similar projects

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