The Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) in the University of Virginia in the Curry School of Education and Human Development seeks highly qualified applicants for a two-year post-doctoral research associate position. This position is part of the VEST Postdoctoral Program, an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare research associates to engage in rigorous research in education science. The position is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences.

We seek applicants whose experiences and/or prior research motivates them to engage in research on inequities in education that stem from poverty, racial inequity or other emergent demographic realities in U.S. schools. The incumbent will participate in research on projects examining: efficacy of programs and practices designed to improve social and emotional learning; quality of early childhood classrooms; effective teachers and teaching; classroom practices that support diverse learners; teacher-student relationships and interactions; racial/ethnic socialization in schools; classroom practices that redress educational inequity; and project-based learning. The fellow will engage in partnership experiences with educational practitioners or policymakers.

The fellow will work with Sara Rimm-Kaufman as their primary mentor and will develop a line of research that involves collaboration with one or more secondary mentors. Potential secondary mentors include: Catherine Bradshaw, Julie Cohen, Nancy Deutsch, Jason Downer, Jennifer LoCasale-Crouch, Tish Jennings, Natalia Palacios, Jessica Whittaker, Vivian Wong and others. The incumbent will become part of a network of post-doctoral trainees at the Curry School of Education & Human Development and research centers including, CASTL, the Center on Educational Policy and Workforce Competitiveness (EdPolicyWorks), and Youth-Nex.

A Ph.D. in Education, School and Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, or a relevant social science discipline is required by the start date of the position. Evidence of substantive knowledge and background in the field of education and/or developmental science is essential. Strong evidence of expertise in quantitative methods is required. Experience with qualitative and mixed methods work is preferred. Strong communication and project management skills are required. Applicants with a track record of publication are strongly preferred. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status is required.

The fellow will be appointed annually and continuation is dependent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

To apply, visit and search Posting Number 0624518. Complete a Candidate Profile online and attach a cover letter describing your research training goals and line(s) of research. Please also attach a curriculum vitae, one writing sample, and names from three references who can comment on your scholarly accomplishments and promise.

For questions about the position or application process, please contact Bethany Case, Recruiter at

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.