For a better experience, click the Compatibility Mode icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is only for viewing older websites.

Careers at Drexel

About Drexel University

Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Drexel University is a world‐class, comprehensive, R1 research institution and a global leader in experiential education. For more than 100 years, our renowned Cooperative Education (co-op) program has enabled students to gain professional work experience before they graduate, setting them apart from their peers.

Committed to becoming the nation’s most civically engaged university, Drexel supports engagement along three dimensions: research and academic programs that directly benefit communities, business practices that support equitable local and regional economic development, and public service by students, faculty, and staff. Our engagement is long‐term, multigenerational, and fundamental to the University’s mission, heritage, and future.

At Drexel, we are devoted to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment that promotes healthy lifestyles and is based on integrity, trust, and respect. We center equity, inclusion and belonging, and incorporate an anti‐racism approach to our strategic plan, organizational systems, policies and structures.

Drexel offers its highly engaged faculty and professional staff a comprehensive and world‐class benefits package that includes generous vacation and paid time off as applicable (including civic engagement days), up to an 11% 403(b) Retirement Plan match with immediate vesting, and remote and flexible work options for many roles. Our exceptional medical plans include domestic partner and fertility assistance and our award‐winning A Healthier U wellness program. In addition, faculty and professional staff at Drexel enjoy free tuition for themselves and their dependents for Drexel degree programs, certification, and non‐certification programs. And as part of the tuition offering to employees, Drexel participates in a tuition exchange program for dependents with other higher education institutions. These are just a sample of our extensive benefit offerings. Please see this Benefits Brochure for more information.

Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Scientist

Apply now Job no: 500405
Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: College of Arts & Sciences

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-year position with the possibility to extend contingent upon fit and funding.

Essential Functions

  • Help lead the research, data, and project administration components of a 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.
  • Lead and co-facilitate trainings, regular meetings with internal and external partners, and bi-weekly consultation sessions for PSSP coaches.
  • Work closely with several School District of Philadelphia offices to implement and enhance the PSSP Program, facilitate data transfer, and interpret variables and findings.
  • Manage project databases to structure, clean, and prepare data for analyses, conduct basic analyses, and collaborate with the lab statistician for high-level analyses.
  • Collaborate with 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 trainings for academic audiences, policy makers, practitioners, and the public.
  • Serve as a core member of the JJR&R Lab and collaborate with several other lab project teams, which include faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate research assistants.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree Or Doctoral in  degree in psychology, education, public health, criminology, public policy, or a related discipline
  • Minimum of 1-2 years’ experience in related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills to successfully collaborate with school district personnel and lab colleagues, as well as strong research and organizational skills to successfully co-lead key components of this large project.
  • Appointment will be made as a Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Scientist depending on qualifications, experience, and the successful candidate’s professional goals.


University City, Philadelphia PA

Additional Information

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

Please review the Benefits Brochure for some information on our benefits offerings.

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.


Advertised: Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that welcomes individuals from diverse and neurodiverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic. Please visit our Policies page to view all University policies related to Human Resources and News and Announcements for workplace postings.

Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made.

Please note, the city of Philadelphia has mandated the COVID-19 vaccination for all Universities. More information can be found in the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

Drexel University, in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) publishes the Drexel University Security & Fire Safety Annual Report for current and prospective students and employees. This report contains important safety information and crime statistics for the previous three years. These statistics pertain to reported crimes that have occurred on campus, in certain non-campus buildings or properties that are owned or controlled by Drexel University, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

Printed copies of this report are also available by calling the Public Safety Administrative Office, 215.895.1550.

Additional information about the services provided by the Drexel University Department of Public Safety can be obtained by visiting their website.

Position Type

Work type




Division / College