Requisition ID:  28738

Post Doc Research Associate

Job Title




Job Position

Post-Doctoral Scholar: Science of Reading and Special Education

Job Position Description

Job Position Description

The Department of Educational Studies ( within the College of Education at Purdue University with support from the Lilly Foundation invites applications for a 2-year, Post-Doctoral Scholar with a focus on literacy and special education to begin August 2024. The Special Education Program faculty are dedicated to preparing future educators, researchers, and leaders in special education using both evidence-based and innovative practices to meet the needs of each and every learner. The Special Education program offers a Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a concentration in Special Education, a Master of Science with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis (residential and online), and a Bachelor of Arts degree with licensure options in K-6 special education mild and intense interventions, 5-12 special education mild and intense interventions, or K-6 dual elementary education and special education. College of Education faculty are additionally administering a Lilly/IDOE Science of Reading (SOR) grant which includes building credentials in the areas of: SOR certificate, Literacy Endorsement, and Literacy Coaching/Specialist for elementary, special education/dual, and early childhood education majors.


The successful candidate is expected to:

  • maintain and contribute to a strong line of scholarship with an emphasis in academic interventions supporting students with disabilities.
  • be familiar with the components of Science of Reading (SOR) and related research, including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, oral language, and writing.
  • assist faculty in Science of Reading grant related tasks and research projects.
  • teach 2-3 courses each term in our undergraduate program in areas such as instructional methods across K-12 and science of reading methods.
  • contribute to and engage in service to the program, department, college, and profession.


Applicants for the position must hold a Ph.D. in special education, literacy, language education, or a closely related field (e.g., Educational Psychology, Curriculum and Instruction) by the position’s start date. Evidence of relevant research expertise and experience is expected. 


Required Qualifications

  • Hold a Ph.D. in special education, literacy, language education, or a closely related field (e.g., Educational Studies, Educational Psychology, Curriculum and Instruction) by the position start date.
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple research and grant-related projects independently and in a timely manner.
  • Ability to teach courses in the undergraduate teacher preparation program.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum of three years of experience working with individuals with disabilities in K-6 school settings, particularly related to reading and writing support. 
  • A record of instructional excellence.
  • The ability to work collaboratively in a research team.
  • The ability to teach courses with field components and/or online for graduate students or practicing teachers when needed.
  • Knowledge of current legislation related to the Science of Reading.
  • Peer-reviewed publications and/or national/international presentations addressing reading and/or writing, particularly pertaining to the needs of individuals with disabilities in K-6 school settings.

Additional Information

Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position.


2-year appointment, $50,000 fiscal year salary, benefits eligible.

Starting Date

August 12, 2024

Application Procedure

This position is a 12-month post-doctoral scholar position with a starting date of August 12, 2024. Applications must include:

  • a cover letter outlining the applicant’s qualifications and experience addressed to the search committee chair,
  • a curriculum vitae, and
  • three letters of recommendation and contact information.


All materials must be submitted through SuccessFactors. Questions may be directed to Dr. Begeske, Department of Educational Studies, 100 North University Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Full consideration will be given to applications received by December 1, 2023.

Background Check

A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Equal Opportunity

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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