Post-Doctoral Research Associate Position in Educational Psychology at Michigan State University

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College of Education – Research Associate in Educational Psychology Posting

Posting Snapshot: Post-Doctoral Research Associate position in Educational Psychology to work on an NIH-funded study examining supports for undergraduates’ science motivation and persistence in science careers.

Position Summary: Dr. Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia ( in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education ( seeks a post-doctoral research associate to work on an NIH-funded study examining supports for undergraduates’ science motivation and persistence in science careers. As part of this ongoing longitudinal study (now in year 9 of data collection), we are following undergraduates at two post-secondary institutions from their first year in college through two years post-graduation. Data collection includes annual self-report surveys, institutional data, and interviews. The post-doctoral research associate will have the opportunity to work closely with Dr. Linnenbrink-Garcia and with her co-PI, Dr. Tony Perez at Old Dominion University. The project, which includes the evaluation of a summer intervention program (Launch into Education about Pharmacology) for rising college sophomores, focuses on how undergraduate enrichment experiences shape motivation and subsequent engagement, achievement, and career aspirations/choices in science, and considers whether these processes are similar for women, first-generation students, and racial/ethnic minorities that are traditionally underrepresented in science.The position is a one-year position, with the possibility of a second year contingent upon availability of funding and successful performance during the first year. The start date of the position is flexible, but we desire an individual to begin work in the summer of 2019.


  • Conduct longitudinal analyses examining the impact of the motivation intervention and participation in other undergraduate enrichment experiences on motivation and subsequent engagement, achievement, and career aspirations/choices in science
  • Coordinate survey data collection and processing/analysis of survey and institutional data
  • Participate in analyses of qualitative interview data
  • Mentor graduate and undergraduate research associates
  • Contribute to manuscripts

Required Degree: Applicants should have an earned doctoral degree in educational, developmental, or social psychology or a related field or provide evidence that the doctoral degree will be completed prior to the start of the appointment.

Minimum Qualifications: Experience conducting psychological and/or educational research using longitudinal and/or experimental designs; knowledge and expertise in the use of SPSS, Excel, and MPlus.

Desired Qualifications: Background in motivation as well as an interest in statistics, including structural equation modeling, longitudinal data analysis, and/or person-centered data analysis.

Required Application Materials: (1) cover letter detailing qualifications for the position, including a clear statement of research interests and description of relevant statistical and data management experience, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) up to three representative publications, and (4) names and contact information for three references.

Special Instructions to Applicant: Please submit all application online at by February 11, 2019 (position # 555838). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Late submissions will be considered if suitable candidates are not identified by the deadline. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. If you have any questions about the position, please contact Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia (

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