Research Scientist, Advanced Study of Teaching & Learning


Date Posted August 4, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Research Scientist, Advanced Study of Teaching & Learning


The Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) in the Curry School of Education seeks applicants for a Research Scientist position to work on several grants funded projects. The Preschool Relationships Enhancement Project is an efficacy trial examining the impact of Banking Time to improve behavioral outcomes for preschoolers. Other projects are examining state early childhood quality rating systems (LA-KRS) and developing and piloting a kindergarten readiness entry assessment (VKRP). The Research Scientist is responsible for data collection planning and implementation, analysis and summary of research findings, and the supervision of data collectors and other staff. The incumbent also provides recommendations to the project team on reporting. Candidate must be able to travel to Louisiana for overnight trips, 3 to 4 trips over 12 months.


A PhD in Developmental Psychology, Applied Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology or a related field is required. Knowledge of research literature on teacher-child relationships and social-emotional development in early childhood and the ability to review and synthesize relevant literature are required. Scientific writing skills are required as is the ability to successfully create and deliver presentations at national conferences. Experience using direct child assessments to measure school readiness skills is essential. Candidate must have prior experience with data processing and data analysis, as well as experience with statistical software including HLM, Mplus, SPSS, SAS, etc. Experience using multi-level modeling is also required. Prior experience training and supervising data collectors is also required. A track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals is strongly preferred.


To apply, visit and search on Posting Number 0614649.

Complete a Candidate Profile online; attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of research interests, two writing samples and contact information for three references.


Applicant screening begins August 7, 2014 and the position will remain open to applicants until filled.


For questions about the position and/or application process, please contact Ellen Missana at


The Curry School of Education and the University of Virginia are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

We welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities; we seek to build a culturally diverse intellectual environment.