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Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Scientist

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Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University, College of Arts & Sciences

About Drexel

Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, a comprehensive global research university and a major engine for economic development in the region. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

Job Summary

The Juvenile Justice Research and Reform (JJR&R) Lab in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Drexel University is hiring an individual to fulfill a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Scientist role. This is anticipated to be a 2.5- to 3-year position with the possibility to extend, contingent upon funding.

Essential Functions

  • The successful candidate will have a primary role in co-leading a large-scale randomized controlled trial (RCT) of a major School District of Philadelphia project
  • Help lead the research, data, and project administration components of a 3-year federal grant from the National Institute of Justice to implement and evaluate the Positive School Safety Program (PSSP)—a year-long peer-to-peer coaching program to prevent school violence and improve school safety
  • Work with the project team to address research, design, and analysis challenges and opportunities associated with conducting an RCT in real-life settings
  • Manage project databases to structure, clean, and prepare data for analyses, conduct basic analyses, and collaborate with lab statisticians for high-level analyses
  • Work closely with several School District of Philadelphia offices to implement and enhance the PSSP Program, facilitate data transfer, and interpret variables and findings
  • Co-facilitate training, monthly meetings, and bi-weekly consultation sessions for PSSP coaches
  • Collaborate with the Principal Investigator to use project findings to generate policy and practice recommendations; disseminate findings, and generate reform initiatives to improve school safety and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline
  • Author/co-author publications and presentations and facilitate training for academic audiences, policy makers, practitioners, and the public
  • Serve as a lead member of the project team, supervising graduate and undergraduate research assistants and working closely with lab and project leadership

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Criminology, Public health, Psychology, Public Policy, Statistics, or a related discipline
  • Will consider a strong applicant with a master’s degree in Criminology, Public Health, Psychology, Public Policy, Statistics, or a related discipline who has strong research, data management, and data analysis skills, along with the other preferred qualifications
  • 2-3 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong research and quantitative skills for data management and statistical analyses
  • Organizational skills to successfully co-lead key components of this large project
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to successfully collaborate with funders, justice stakeholders, and lab colleagues.

Physical Demands

  • Typically sitting at a desk/table
  • Typically standing, walking


University City, Philadelphia, PA

Additional Information

This position is classified as Exempt with a salary grade of J. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure,

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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