Postdoctoral Associate Position in Research with Juvenile Justice Populations | Rutgers University - Military Veterans

at HERC - New Jersey/Eastern PA/Delaware

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Position Summary: The Child Welfare & Child Well-Being Research Group's Juvenile Justice Collaborative at the Rutgers University School of Social Work seeks a postdoctoral scholar interested in advancing their experience working with justice-involved youth and juvenile justice systems. The postdoctoral scholar will join a juvenile justice cluster of researchers working with state agencies, community partners, and national data to improve juvenile justice practices and policies around trauma informed services, mental health treatment, rehabilitation, and recidivism reduction. The scholar will work directly with faculty, including Drs. Jacquelynn Duron; Abigail Williams-Butler; and Paul Boxer.   The position is at Rutgers SSW , a well-funded school that has a portfolio that exceeds 47 million dollars. Rutgers SSW , is ranked #17 among MSW programs in the nation, and is among the largest and most diverse social work programs in the United States, offering BASW , MSW , DSW , and Ph.D. degrees to over 2,000 diverse students across three campuses in Camden (Philadelphia metropolitan area), Newark (New York metropolitan area), and New Brunswick, the flagship campus.   The postdoctoral scholar will work with faculty in several capacities including ongoing work the New Jersey's statewide juvenile justice agency, building new research partnerships with community-based organizations, conceptualizing research studies, leading data collection and management, conducting quantitative and qualitative data analyses, interpreting findings with feedback from community partners, and disseminating findings through peer reviewed publications, conference presentations, and translational materials. The scholar will contribute to and gain experience with the preparation and submission of proposals for federal funding related to work developed with faculty. The scholar will have opportunities to develop their own scholarly agenda and to work on other projects of mutual interest.    A major benefit of this opportunity is the chance for a postdoctoral scholar to work on existing projects with the state's juvenile justice agency in which we are examining the influence of trauma exposures, trauma treatments, and mental health on recidivism. Burgeoning research within the collaborative will provide the opportunity for the scholar to examine other factors related to delinquency prevention, delinquency interventions, and recidivism reduction (outcomes, practices, and policies). The scholar will also have the chance to join in using a national data set of longitudinal measures to explore a multitude of delinquency related factors and outcomes.    The position will begin September 1, 2022. Candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education are strongly encouraged to apply. The duration of the postdoctoral fellowship is for one year; however, renewal is possible and based on performance and available funding. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, interested in forging collaborative relationships with faculty and doctoral students, and have a strong commitment to social justice. The postdoctoral associate will be part of a vibrant cohort of postdoctoral scholars at Rutgers SSW engaged in research that aims to reduce health disparities and ensure racial, social, and economic justice. As part of this cohort, postdoctoral associates will engage in trainings on various topics and have the support of the faculty to begin their own research trajectory.   Essential job functions will include: ·         Planning, organizing, coordinating, and participating in scientific research projects. ·         Working closely with principal investigators to manage additional research team members. ·         Provide expertise and leadership on data management, analysis, interpretation, and data visualization. ·         Provide experience-based recommendations and research direction as requested on studies conducted by, or on the behalf of, the principal investigators. ·         Conduct research activities and edit reports, presentations, and other documents. Present findings of research to professional groups. ·         Develop scientific documents for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Salary is based on the published NIH rate for postdoctoral trainees and fellows, Click here for more information.   Minimum Education and Experience: Ph.D. (or other doctoral degree) in social work, sociology, psychology, public health, or related behavioral/social science discipline. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: ·         Knowledge and experience with justice-involved populations. ·         Commitment to equity and social justice.  ·         Experience working on research projects with a research team, including students and paid staff. ·         Able to work individually and collaboratively. ·         Quantitative data analytic skills using Stata, SPSS , R or MPlus. ·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills. ·         Able to assist in the development of manuscripts. ·         Strong work ethic and commitment to becoming an independent scientist seeking a tenure-track faculty position. Preferred qualifications: ·         A defined research agenda focusing on (but not limited to) adolescent well-being, juvenile justice, mental health services, trauma, equity, resilience, and community-engaged research. ·         Qualitative data analytic skills using NVivo or ATLAS .ti.  ·         Established record of scholarly research. ·         Experience leading or managing research teams. ·         Experience working with interdisciplinary teams. ·         Experience with mixed-methods research design. ·         Experience writing grants. Posting Number: 21FA1433 Location: Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey

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