Project: A developmental and cross-cultural investigation into the conceptualization of care within the family

Position Description: The Moral Development Lab in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Texas A&M University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow for a research position in a lab focused on investigating moral development cross-culturally.

The postdoctoral fellow will be mainly responsible for collaborating with the lab’s PI (Dr. Allegra Midgette) and international collaborators (Dr. Juliene Madureira Ferreira, Tampere University; Dr. Yen-Hsin Chen, National Taichung University of Education) on analyzing and writing up findings from a project using interview and survey data collected with over 300 children, adolescents, young adults, and caregivers on how they learn about and conceptualize care and caregiving within the family. In addition to conducting data analysis and engaging in manuscript preparation and submission, the postdoctoral fellow will be encouraged to present project research findings to the local community and at academic conferences. The fellow will receive professional development support and is also expected to work closely with, mentor, train, and supervise other members of the lab (e.g., graduate students, lab manager, undergraduate students) in this project and other related projects (e.g., based on need and/or postdoctoral fellow’s research interests). The appointment, to start Summer or Fall of 2023 (start date flexible), is for one year (salary $60,000) with expectations to continue for another year based on performance.

Duties: Assisting in training, supervising, and mentoring junior personnel/ research assistants in the lab; Conducting qualitative and quantitative data analyses; Preparing conference presentations, community presentations, and scientific articles for publication; Grant writing/ preparation.

Qualifications: The post-doctoral fellow should be an individual with experience in analyzing interview data, and have prior training in qualitative methods (e.g., training in thematic analysis, grounded theory, etc). The preferred candidate will have published qualitative studies previously. The candidate must hold a doctoral degree in a social and or behavioral science related field including, but not limited to, developmental psychology, education, sociology, community psychology, or cultural psychology. The  applicant will also demonstrate a strong interest in development and culture and would ideally have experience conducting cross-cultural research. Further, the  applicant should have experience supervising and mentoring research assistants, evidence of independent scholarship, outstanding writing skills, and publication productivity in peer-reviewed journals. Background in any of the following areas will be a particular asset: moral development, care studies, feminist theory, qualitative research methodology, and cross-cultural research. Applicants who are multilingual, particularly in Mandarin Chinese, English, and/or Finnish are particularly encouraged to apply.

To Apply: Please send the following application materials in a single .pdf (file name: FirstName  LastName_MDLabPostdoc: a cover letter that describes relevant training and career goals, CV,  research statement, up to three representative publications, and three references who could provide a  letter upon request. )

Please email your application to Marla Sarmiento ( and cc Dr. Allegra Midgette ( with “MD Lab Postdoc” in the subject line. For more information  about us, please visit our website at or contact Dr. Midgette (e-mail:

Review of applications will begin January 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.