We are seeking to appoint (from 2018-2020) a new postdoctoral research fellow to join a European Research Council-funded project titled, 'Improving Educational Outcomes by Transforming the Selection of Teachers.' The project is led by Professor Rob Klassen, Chair of the Psychology in Education Research Centre in the Department of Education. The project's goal is to improve the selection of prospective teachers, by building understanding of the psychological characteristics (i.e., non-cognitive attributes such as motivation and personality) of successful teachers and by generating new knowledge about the foundations of effective teaching. A key goal of the project will be to develop practice-informed innovative teacher selection procedures, especially using situational judgment test (SJT) and multiple mini-interview (MMI) approaches. More information on the project can be found here: https://www.teacherselect.org/
You will have a PhD in education or psychology (educational or organisational psychology) or a closely-related discipline. You will have a strong track record of research and training in education, educational psychology, or organisational psychology. In addition, you will show familiarity with current research on psychological characteristics of effective teachers, teacher selection practices (in the UK and internationally), and teaching effectiveness research. Research expertise in test development and the ability to use advanced quantitative and qualitative methodologies (including longitudinal approaches) will be required. Familiarity with using survey software (esp. Qualtrics) is an asset.
Your primary activity will be to conduct research (including analysis and interpretation of research data), and to design on-line surveys and research tools using Qualtrics. You will be expected to work with the project team, to liaise with external groups (e.g., ITT programme staff), and to independently manage multiple projects. You will collaboratively and independently prepare research articles, conference presentations, and presentations to professional groups.
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This post is available on a fixed term basis until 31st August 2020.
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