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Postdoctoral Research Assoc
University of North Texas in the Denton, Texas
Date Posted 09/13/2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled
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Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. Over the past decade, combined UNTS enrollment has grown by more than 25 percent to nearly 44,000 students.

Posting Title

Postdoctoral Research Assoc
UNT-Educational Psychology-132310
College of Education
Job Location
Full Time/Part Time
Salary Information
Department Summary

The Department of Educational Psychology addresses themes of cognition, behavior, and emotion within our society by generating research, disseminating knowledge, and preparing a diverse body of scholars who take leadership in their fields while enhancing the development and effective functioning of individuals, schools, and families.

Position Summary

This position is a research-intensive appointment in the Department of Educational Psychology for the Measurement of Original Thinking in Elementary Students (MOTES) project funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

This is a three-year position. Candidates for the position will be expected to support the project by visiting the schools to organize and engage in data collection process from elementary school children (grades 3-5); traveling to the school sites, building data collection tools; managing, compiling, cleaning, and preparing data; analyzing the data; preparing research reports and literature review for scholarly work. The candidate is expected to collaborate with principal researchers on groundbreaking education research.

The principal investigator of this project, at the University of North Texas, is Dr. Selcuk Acar. The rest of the core research team is situated at the University of Denver and is Drs. Peter Organisciak and Denis Dumas. The postdoctoral researcher on this project will collaborate closely with all three of these investigators, although Dr. Acar will be their main advisor.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Doctorate (ABDs are acceptable) in Educational Psychology, Quantitative Methods, Measurement and Assessment or a related field
  • Ability to travel to schools in or outside the state of Texas
  • Quantitative research experience
  • Demonstrated engagement in scholarly communication
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in working with elementary school children
  • Knowledge of creativity assessment methods (i.e., divergent thinking)
  • Collaborative research/publication experience on creativity and divergent thinking
Required License / Registration / Certification
Physical Requirements
Talk or Hear
Area of Specialty
Security Sensitive
This is a security sensitive position.
EEO Statement

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

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For questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Selcuk Acar,

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