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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Multiple Positions)
Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey
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Date Posted February 18, 2019

Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Research on Youth Thriving & Evaluation Institute (RYTE) explores questions related to developmental science and program evaluation and planning from a systems science perspective. Post-doctoral Researcher/Research Scientist in RYTE come from a variety of departments and disciplines including education, health and nutrition sciences, family and child studies, and psychology.

The Post-Doctoral Researcher will conduct independent research as a member of the Institute for Research on Youth Thriving and Evaluation (RYTE) at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ, under the supervision of co-Directors Dr. Jennifer Urban & Dr. Miriam Linver ( The Post-Doctoral Researcher will work primarily on the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Character Initiative Project (examining the training of adult volunteers, and the character outcomes for youth) and the existing Inspiring Purpose Grant.


  • The Post-Doctoral Researcher will take a lead in both the quantitative and qualitative research of the projects.

  • Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead an effort to develop quantitative and qualitative measures for assessing youth character

  • Manage a team of phone interviewers conducting interviews with youth and adults

  • Direct coding and analysis of participant interviews

  • Assist with quantitative survey analysis, with multiple waves of youth and adult data

  • Independently manage data and analysis of mixed-methods dataset

  • Present research findings at national meetings

  • Publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals

  • Conduct grant writing and report writing for funders and other external audiences

Qualifications & Requirements

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated individual able to work efficiently and productively in a fast-paced research environment. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or Ed.D. (or have ABD status and a scheduled date for their dissertation defense) in a social science field with a focus on human development, evaluation, or a related field (e.g., psychology, education, sociology, family science), as determined by the Principal Investigators. Candidates should be able to work independently on project goals, and lead the work of doctoral assistants and graduate assistants. Candidates should also have knowledge of research methods, qualitative data analysis, and quantitative data analysis. Candidates must also demonstrate enthusiasm for intellectual rigor and engagement; excellent writing ability and publication record; experience working in a team environment; an ability to work both independently and collaboratively; and excellent interpersonal skills.

Salary Range

Commensurate with experience.

Anticipated Start Date

Open until position is filled.

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