We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join a European Research Council-funded project titled ‘Improving Educational Outcomes by Transforming the Selection of Teachers.’ The project is led by Professor Rob Klassen, Chair of the Psychology in Education Research Centre in the Department of Education at the University of York. You will be located in York and will join the project team for the last two years of a 5-year project.
The project’s goal is to improve how prospective teachers are selected. It is focused on understanding the psychological characteristics (i.e., ‘non-cognitive’ attributes such as personality and motivation) of successful teachers and is generating new knowledge about the development of successful teaching practice. A key goal of the project is to develop and test practice-informed innovative teacher selection methods, especially using situational judgment test (SJT) and multiple mini-interview (MMI) approaches. You can view more about the project here: https://www.teacherselect.org/
You will have a PhD in education or psychology (educational or organisational psychology) or a closely-related discipline. It is expected that you will have a strong track record of research, in addition to familiarity with current research on psychological characteristics of effective teachers, teacher selection practices (in the UK and internationally), and teacher effectiveness. Research expertise in the development of psychometric tools and the ability to use advanced quantitative and qualitative methodologies (including knowledge of Qualtrics) will be helpful.
Your primary activity will be research. You will be expected to work closely with the project team, to liaise with external groups (e.g., ITT programmes, and to independently manage multiple projects. You will collaboratively and independently prepare research articles, conference presentations, and presentations to professional groups.
The new Research Fellow will be a member of the Psychology in Education Research Centre (PERC) http://www.york.ac.uk/education/research/perc/.
Those interested will learn more—and find application instructions—in the full job post, here.