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Assistant Research Professor

KU Juniper Gardens Children's Project
Kansas City, KS Full time
Posted on October 10, 2017

Assistant Research Professor

Life Span Institute, University of Kansas JUNIPER GARDENS CHILDREN’S PROJECT

Position Description


Job Description:

Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP) is a community-based research institute affiliated with the Life Span Institute at University of Kansas. JGCP is located off-campus in Kansas City, KS in the Children’s Campus of Kansas City. We seek to hire a full-time Assistant Research Professor.

Investigators at the JGCP are conducting a nationally-recognized program of research to: (a) develop and validate interventions with parents, teachers, and care providers to improve developmental outcomes of infants, toddlers and young children; (b) develop and validate measures for monitoring children's progress acquiring language and literacy skills; and (c) evaluate instructional and behavioral interventions for children and adolescents who are not making expected rates of progress. The expectation for the Assistant Research Professor is to begin to establish a program of externally-funded research. The position is located in Kansas City, KS. Please note that all offers of employment are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the background check. Continuation is contingent on funding and satisfactory yearly employee evaluation.




80% Research

  1. Assume a leadership role in coordinating and managing research activities with project staff, graduate research assistants, and community service providers on multiple funded grants to fulfill grant requirements. Train project staff across grants on all necessary assessment and intervention protocols, inter-rater reliability coding, and data collection methods. Communicate with project consultants and personnel to maintain data infrastructure (e.g., observational software, data collection hardware and software, and other products that help insure efficient and reliable data collection and analysis). Attend and participate in weekly research group meetings, including raising agenda items, bringing research ideas to meetings, and providing feedback to staff and colleagues on project outcomes and progress. Assist in data analysis and coordination, and preparing summary reports. Develop training materials and other products related to the research outcomes. Conduct research projects in accordance with objectives and methods specified in funded grant applications.

  2. Coordinate and participate in the planning, writing, and editing of research and training protocols with project staff and local and national researchers to secure external funding. Identify and investigate funding opportunities that are relevant to area of research. Identify ways to increase and sustain collaborative research with local and national research partners. Submit grant applications in response to identified funding opportunities.

  3. Manage a project team of staff and students which includes but is not limited to: training staff on developmental cognitive, language, and behavior assessments; implementation of social and communication interventions; development of coding manuals and data protocols; maintaining inter-rater reliability and high fidelity of treatment implementation; and monitoring data collection and data entry activities.

  4. Disseminate research findings through peer-reviewed publications and presentations to local, regional, and national professional organizations.

20% Service

  1. Supervise undergraduate and graduate students on research related requirements (e.g., independent study, Master’s thesis, and dissertations).

  2. Serve as a member of the PI Executive Committee including planning of grant writing, JGCP initiatives, and budget/administration issues.

  3. Provide service to the discipline/field and the community by conducting training events related to LSI and JGCP research and participating in program development and staff training (e.g., professional development for parents, teachers and service providers, serve on the board of

Required Qualifications

  1. Doctoral Degree in early childhood education, special education, behavior analysis, or related field.

  2. Two years’ minimum experience attaining and directing federally-funded research projects.

  3. Minimum of two publications in peer-reviewed journals.

  4. Evidence of a program of research carried out in community-based settings.


Preferred Qualifications

  1. Four years of experience of attaining and directing externally funded projects.

  2. Four publications in peer-reviewed journals.

  3. At least one first-author publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

  4. Evidence of professional service at the state or national level through professional organizations, service to employing agency and/or state and federal agencies.

  5. Ability to work successfully with other professionals in a cooperative research environment.

  6. Excellent verbal communication skills as evidenced by presentations at conferences and meetings.


Contact Information:

For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Jay Buzhardt, 913 321 3143 or email, jaybuz@ku.edu. For questions about applying, please contact Diana Skill at 913-735-2612, dskill@ku.edu.


Instructions to apply:

Please submit an online application, cover letter, resume/vitae, and contact information for three (3) professional references. In the cover letter, please indicate how you meet the required qualifications. For more information and to apply go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/10191BR. Deadline to apply is 11/09/17.


Salary: $72,000 - $80,000, annually, commensurate with education and experience


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