Postdoctoral Associate - Yale Child Study Center

Posting Date: 
May 8, 2023

The Education Collaboratory at Yale, part of the Child Study Center at the Yale University School of Medicine, conducts research to advance the science and practice of social and emotional learning (SEL). Through intentional collaboration with students, educators, leaders, and organizations, we investigate, inspire, and address open questions in the Who, What, and How of inclusive and equitable SEL.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to join our Collaboratory. The primary project the PDA would support is the development and validation of the Social and Emotional Learning Observation Checklist (SELOC) for elementary school. This project is funded by the Institute of Education Science (R305A210262). Under the direction and supervision of Principal Investigator, Dr. Christina Cipriano, and in partnership with 50 school leaders and 300 elementary school classroom teachers, the SELOC-E is being co-developed and implemented to improve the quality of SEL teaching practices in classrooms across the nation.  

The postdoctoral associate’s primary responsibility will be to support all data collection efforts during the 2023-24 school year including the ongoing management and maintenance of student and educator data, data coding and analysis, liaising and troubleshooting with participants across the project, and readying the data sets for analyses. The PDA will be welcomed to contribute to the team’s rich research tasks, including the preparation of collaborative research articles, school facing resources, academic and public presentations, grant writing, and the design of future studies. Due to the nature of our collaborative research agenda at the lab, the PDA will have opportunities to support across additional project streams during their training. Professor Cipriano will oversee day-to-day work assignments and be the primary supervisor alongside providing additional professional development support.  

Skills and Qualifications

  • Doctorate (PhD or EdD) in psychology, education, or a related field
  • Experience as a classroom educator, educational practitioner, or related school-based professional
  • Specialization or demonstrated interest in the study of social emotional learning and equity and/or related fields of inquiry in education
  • Excellent statistics skills, including experience with multi-level modeling and experience with mixed methods and community-based research designs.
  • Demonstrated ability to or interest in learning with school communities (educators, students, families)
  • Excellent communication skills (e.g., writing research papers, giving presentations)
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively

The Postdoctoral Associate position is a one-year appointment with an opportunity to renew to a maximum of four years contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding. Compensation is determined by experience. This is not a remote opportunity. This position is located at the Child Study Center on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, CT.

The anticipated start date is July 1, 2023.

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To Apply

Please send a cover letter and CV to with the email subject “Postdoc Applicant: Education Collaboratory”. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please have contact information available for three references upon request.


At The Education Collaboratory at Yale, our approach emphasizes community partnerships and collaborative engagements with schools and communities, designed to balance rigor, relevance, and reality in SEL design, implementation, and evaluations to support all students, schools, and communities, to benefit. Under the direction of Dr. Christina Cipriano, the Education Collaboratory at Yale is leading the national discourse to evolve the definition of SEL alongside the burgeoning field; identifying promising practices for inclusive and equitable implementation and evaluation of SEL in school settings, undertaking critical evidence synthesis, and supporting the next generation of data practices through novel SEL assessments and community-based approaches to intervention science. Learn more at  

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

Job Type: 
Academic Jobs - Yale
Posting Date Field: 
Monday, May 8, 2023