The Baby's First Years study team seeks one or more post-doctorate candidates to apply for postdoctoral funding to work with a principal investigator of the study, through an NIH administrative supplement. The candidates must meet the NIH’s specified eligibility as a member of an under-represented group in the health-related sciences.
If approved for funding, the position will be a 2-year appointment at one of the PI universities (Duke; Teachers College Columbia University; University of California, Irvine; University of Wisconsin-Madison). Which university the position is housed in will depend on whether the successful applicant is best matched with one of the PIs in the social and behavioral sciences (Drs. Greg Duncan, Lisa Gennetian or Katherine Magnuson) or neuroscience (Dr. Kimberly Noble).
The Post-Doctoral Scholar will assist the Baby’s First Years team with the development, pilot testing and successful execution of the age 2 and 3 research visits. Core responsibilities include:
(1) Monitor data quality and provide personalized data collection support to field-based interviewers across all study sites for both age 2 and 3 research visit waves. Some travel to study sites will be required. (2) Work closely with study PI’s to prepare the research visit at age 3 including tool development and testing, field-interviewer training, and establishing data tracking, quality oversight, and processing pipelines. Anticipated: up to 10-20% travel .(3) Oversee the successful launch of lab visits, train site-based research assistants, and rigorously monitor data quality throughout the age 3 phase.(4) Manage a team of research assistants. (5) Lead data analysis efforts, and assist with dissemination, including conference presentations and manuscript preparation.
The Baby's First Years study team seeks a Research Assistant (RA) with a BA in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field. This individual will pilot and subsequently run the lab-based visits in NYC at age 3. Will assist the postdoc in piloting and training others on the tasks.
Primary responsibilities include assisting with the development and pilot testing of study procedures, administering study visits, and assisting the Project Director with operational activities. Budget-related responsibilities include reconciling expenses to the correct grants and processing invoices. Individuals in this role may also train and manage research assistants, and have opportunities to assist with data analysis and conference/manuscript preparation. Duties may include light travel to study sites.