Project: Global TIES for Children/ECD in Emergency & Conflict
Title: Postdoctoral Associate, ECDEC
Division/Department: Steinhardt/IHDSC – Global TIES for Children
Reports to: Dr. Alice Wuermli, co-Principal Investigator
Work Location: New York University, New York - with opportunities for travel
Work Schedule: Full-time (100%)
Salary (Pay Range): Commensurate with experience
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Paid Time Off: Yes
May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021
Global TIES for Children - Early Childhood Development in Emergency & Conflict (ECDEC)
About ECDEC's Play to Learn and Ahlan Simsim Initiatives
The Rohingya and Syrian refugee crises are two of the defining humanitarian issues of our time, with millions displaced due to conflict and war. In addition, we know from decades of research that all children need nurturing care, a comforting routine, and opportunities to learn through play in the critical first years of life. Yet only about 3 percent of humanitarian assistance goes to education, and only a tiny sliver of that 3 percent to early childhood development services.
The Play to Learn initiative is a partnership between Sesame Workshop, BRAC, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and NYU Global TIES for Children to develop, provide and evaluate high-quality early childhood development services and mass media for young children in Rohingya refugee families in Cox's Bazar. Ahlan Simsim is a partnership between Sesame Workshop, the IRC, and NYU Global TIES for Children to develop, provide and evaluate high-quality early childhood development services and mass media for young children in Syrian refugee families in the Middle East. Research for these projects are implemented in three countries in the Middle East -- Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq – and in Cox's Bazar district, Bangladesh. These partnerships are funded by a $100 million grant from the LEGO Foundation (Play to Learn) and the inaugural 100&Change award from the MacArthur Foundation (Ahlan Simsim). NYU Global TIES for Children is leading the external evaluations of the programming in these projects, including formative and implementation research, impact evaluations, and a large longitudinal prenatal-cohort study in Bangladesh.
We partner with Sesame Workshop, BRAC and the IRC to bring the most rigorous qualitative and quantitative evidence to bear on how to best serve families and children in these communities. We pay special attention to measurement of multiple domains of early childhood development, as well as observational measurement of the quality of implementation of programming in homes, centers, and communities.
The project team includes Hirokazu Yoshikawa (Principal Investigator), Alice J. Wuermli (Co-PI), Lizzie Goodfriend (Project Managing Director), J. Lawrence Aber (Co-Investigator), and research partners at BRAC, IRC and Sesame Workshop.
The Post-Doctoral Associate will provide research support on specific topics across studies under the Play to Learn and Ahlan Simsim initiatives. We are seeking applicants with training in developmental psychobiology and related fields to support research activities exploring how war and displacement get "under the skin", how early adversity is embodied and shapes life-course trajectories, and how biological embedding of adversity can be reversed or changed through appropriate programs and interventions. Working closely with the PIs, the Post-Doctoral Associate will be part of a team of researchers developing theories of change, identifying measures and methods, and designing studies using a range of biological, psychological, and sociological methods. The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in one or more methods to better understand hormonal, immunological, neurological, and/or physiological processes related to stress physiology, and how these relate, among other things, to cognitive, socioemotional, and self-regulatory functioning; physical and mental health at various points throughout development (prenatal through adulthood); parenting behaviors; and adaptation to adversity within a particular cultural context.
The Postdoctoral Associate will participate in review and selection of measures; training of enumerators to reliability for on-the-ground data collection by teams of in-country research staff; trouble shooting technical issues; support data quality assurance; conduct analyses; and disseminate findings through convenings, presentations, reports, and academic publications.
The position will report directly to the co-PI, Dr. Alice Wuermli on research related activities, and will receive post-doctoral co-mentoring from the lead-PI and co-Director of Global TIES, Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa, and Assistant Professor Dr. Natalie Brito. The Post-Doctoral Associate will have the opportunity to engage with various faculty at NYU representing diverse expertise. The successful candidate will be joining a team of 12 staff, and will have the opportunity to collaborate with a number of affiliated researchers at NYU as well as other research institutions.
A more detailed scope of work and a training and professional development plan will be worked out, and tailored to the specific skills, expertise, interests, and professional development goals of the specific Post-Doctoral Associate.
This position requires travel to the Middle East and Bangladesh.
About Global TIES for Children
Global TIES for Children is a university-based center with researchers across NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York. At New York University's Global TIES for Children we design, evaluate and advise on programs and policies to improve the lives of children and youth in the most vulnerable regions across the globe. Led by University Professors J. Lawrence Aber and Hirokazu Yoshikawa, we work with some of the world's leading non-governmental organizations and with governments in low-income (LI) and conflict-affected (CA) countries on developing and evaluating innovative approaches to promoting the health, education, and social development of children and their communities. Together with our key strategic partner organizations, our work leverages cutting-edge scientific methods and interdisciplinary collaboration to:
Generate actionable evidence to promote child and youth development by conducting and evaluating powerful strategies to transform relevant "social settings" (i.e., classrooms, schools, families, communities, etc.) that are key drivers of children's learning and well-being;
Communicate actionable evidence by engaging diverse stakeholders across sectors and regions and disseminating a rigorous evidence base to inform program and policy decisions for children and youth in LI and CA countries; and
Build human, administrative, and institutional capacity for a robust global science and practice through the provision of professional development and training activities.
The successful candidate will hold a doctoral degree in a relevant social science field (e.g., human development, psychology, international education, international development, public policy, public/global health) and will have experience training assessors on the use of mobile or wearable solutions / devices, data quality control, data processing, and data analysis of EEG, ECG, or other neurobiological data.
The position offers a competitive salary, paid time off, and a comprehensive benefits package as well as support for travel costs and conference travel related to study activities.
The position could begin as soon as April 1, 2020, though the start date is flexible. We are looking for someone who is available for a minimum one-year commitment, with the potential for a one-year renewal contingent on satisfactory performance and budgetary approval.
The following documents must be submitted via Interfolio:
Statement of Interest
3 professional references (full name, contact number and email address)
1 writing sample (preferably a thesis chapter or published article)
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