Postdoctoral Fellowship Position in Developmental and Learning Science

Postdoctoral Fellowship Position in Developmental and Learning Science

The School of Education, Department of Psychology, and Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) at University of Pittsburgh is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in child development with an emphasis on racial stigma, stereotypes, identity development, and learning. The initial appointment will be one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The position involves work on several research projects exploring how sociocultural and racialized psychosocial factors influence racial minority students’ identity development and academic learning during middle childhood and early adolescence. See for a description of current projects.

Applicants must have a PhD and a track record of publication in psychology or education, substantive knowledge and background in the field of developmental psychology, child/adolescent development, learning science, and excellent academic writing and interpersonal skills. Strong quantitative skills (e.g., HLM, SEM, and growth modeling) or experience with mixed methods approach are preferred.

The work takes an interdisciplinary approach and applies questions and methods from psychological and education science to elementary and secondary school settings. The fellow will receive strong mentoring with well-established scholars focused on the demanding aspects of producing high quality scholarship. The fellow will be expected to build a research program by formulating research questions, generating research designs, writing grants, conducting analysis, writing and presenting findings.

To apply for this position, please submit (1) a cover letter describing your research goals and training, including why your background and interests as a good match for the position, (2) Curriculum Vitae, (3) two writing samples, (4) three letters of reference to The online system will prompt applicants to request three letters of recommendation, directly.

Reviews of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Ming-Te Wang, at

As of 2015, the U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Pittsburgh School of Education as one of the “Best Graduate Schools in Education”. LRDC is an internationally renowned center with the aim of promoting basic and applied research on learning in its cognitive, neural, social, and motivational aspects and to make research and human development links to formal and informal settings. Pittsburgh is repeatedly voted among “The Most Livable City”, with affordable cost of living and access to a wide array of seasonal recreation opportunities, professional and collegiate athletic events, and a vibrant cultural district.