The University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA


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Position Description:

Scanlan Center for School Mental Health

Quantitative Methodology Postdoctoral Scholar

Position Summary and duties:

The Scanlan Center for School Mental Health (SCSMH) is the state of Iowa’s hub for school-based mental health research, training, and clinical services that support the social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health well-being of PreK-12 students, families, and educators. The SCSMH is seeking candidates for a one-year postdoctoral scholar position with expertise in advanced quantitative research methodologies. The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest in innovative research to support the SCSMH mission to build PreK-12 mental health capacities in Iowa schools.

The primary responsibilities of the postdoctoral scholar will be to engage in activities that develop and analyze evidence-based practices, assessments, and interventions. Additionally, the postdoctoral scholar will have opportunities to engage in dissemination efforts including publications and presentations on behalf of the SCSMH. Opportunities for program development, program evaluation, professional development, and grant writing may be available.

Education Requirement:

Candidate much have earned a Ph.D. in Data Science, Statistics, Biostatistics, or closely related field from an accredited institution by the start date.

Required Qualifications:

  • Documented evidence of knowledge and understanding of the principles, concepts, methods, and standards of statistical research

  • Ability to analyze, interpret, and draw conclusions from complex statistical information

  • Ability to apply a range of statistical techniques and generate reports through SAS, R, SPSS, and/or other statistical software

  • Ability to consult with a research team and determine statistical analysis strategies

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to ensure effective communication with individuals at all levels and from diverse backgrounds

  • Strong analytical communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills and acute attention to detail

  • Excellent time management skills, with the ability to prioritize projects and consistently meet deadlines

  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment to design, analyze, and report on research projects, and direct and mentor team members

  • Ability to work on multiple projects at one time

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience of working in a grant-funded environment

  • Experience in conducting research in PreK-12 schools

  • Experience in managing projects and research teams

  • Public speaking experiences (e.g., conference presentations)

  • Commitment to diversity and underserved populations


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