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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Career and College Readiness Curriculum Initiative

Iowa State University
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Iowa State University

Dr. Katherine Richardson Bruna at Iowa State University is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Career and College Readiness Curriculum Initiative.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will help lead further design, dissemination, and evaluation of ¡Salir Adelante!, a newly developed family- and strengths-based bilingual curriculum developed by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to promote career and college readiness among Latinx families in Iowa.

Postdoctoral Research Activities will include: curriculum modifications as needed; training for ISU Extension and Outreach staff and community partners towards curricular implementation; and assistance with research design to assess educational impact.

This is a one year term position. Position may be extended if additional funding is secured. All accrued vacation must be used during term of appointment or will be forfeited.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in a social sciences field related to human development, family studies, and/or education.

  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully both independently and in group settings.

  • Understanding of mixed-methods research.

  • Experience in community-based education, outreach, or research involving culturally- and linguistically-diverse youth and families.

  • Bilingual Spanish-English proficiency.

  • Ability to travel to different sites across the state.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Theoretical and methodological familiarity with sociocultural theories of teaching and learning.

  • Interpersonal skills that facilitate interaction and collaboration with Latinx youth and families, as well as with community-based organizations and university extension and outreach staff who serve Latinx youth and families.

  • Valid driver's license.

Organization Summary

Iowa State University is a public, land-grant university, where students get a great academic start in learning communities and stay active in 800-plus student organizations, undergrad research, internships and study abroad. They learn from world-class scholars who are tackling some of the world's biggest challenges -- feeding the hungry, finding alternative fuels and advancing manufacturing.

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According to the City of Ames website, the small town charm of Ames, Iowa, beats the heart of a much larger city. With a population of over 62,000, Ames offers cultural, recreational, educational, business, and entertainment amenities more common in bigger metros. Home to Iowa State University, Ames not only educates students from around the globe, but has become a player in developing the world's bio-economic future.

Job Overview


Iowa State University
3810 Beardshear hall
Ames, IA 50011
United States

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click here and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae,
  2. Letter of Application/Cover Letter, and
  3. Contact information for three references.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please e-mail [email protected] or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485

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Application Deadline
Open until filled