Postdoctoral Scholar

About Berkeley & CSCCE

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The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE), is a center of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of California, Berkeley. CSCCE is a research group dedicated to conducting research and proposing policy solutions aimed at improving how our nation prepares, supports and rewards the early care and education workforce to ensure young children’s optimal development.

Application Review Date

The first review date for this position is June 20th. Position will remain open until filled.

About the Position

The postdoctoral scholar will join an existing research group dedicated to conducting research and proposing policy solutions aimed at improving how our nation prepares, supports and rewards the early care and education workforce to ensure young children’s optimal development.

The primary responsibilities will be directly related to work on SEQUAL (Supportive Environmental Quality Underlying Adult Learning) and related workforce research projects. SEQUAL is a multi-purpose assessment tool for examining and improving environments in which early childhood teaching staff work and learn. A series of SEQUAL studies are being implemented in different communities across the United States to investigate how early childhood teachers’ work environments contribute to their well-being and support or undermine efforts to improve and sustain program quality over time. SEQUAL generates community-level data to document issues related to early educator well-being, compensation, and equity across job roles. These data can be used to inform implementation of federal policy, state and local approaches to professional development and quality improvement initiatives and financing ECE services. The postdoctoral scholar will play a primary role in the research design and implementation of the studies, will conduct and analyze original research, analyze extant SEQUAL data, and prepare material for policy reports and peer review publication.

The successful candidate will work closely with the research team in all aspects of the projects and will also have the ability to work independently and lead aspects of the research; have excellent oral and written skills; and have a strong background in research design and quantitative analysis.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide support and advisement on methodological design and procedures including psychometric and quantitative assessment of SEQUAL.
  • Collect and analyze data for the SEQUAL studies, including original research and analysis of extant data.
  • Work closely with clients, partners and stakeholders on project launch and implementation.
  • Apply research findings to complex policy issues.
  • Participate in, and lead some aspects of dissemination activities related to the project, including preparation of report, professional presentations, and manuscripts for peer review.
  • Provide advisement to other CSCCE projects on methodological design and procedures.
  • Participate in professional development activities of the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment such as attending trainings and professional conferences.


A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in early childhood education, child development, human development, experimental or quantitative psychology or a related field is required by the start date.

  •  Ability to interact with a diverse population and to establish relationships with staff and external organizations and individuals necessary for the successful implementation of the project.
  •  Demonstrated interest and/or expertise in early childhood education research.
  •  Experience fact checking and preparing manuscripts for publication.
  •  Organizational and time management skills.
  •  Interpersonal communication skills both verbally and in writing.
  •  Documented ability of strong report writing skills.
  •  Demonstrated computer skills to work in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Drive applications.
  •  Ability to manage competing deadlines and attention to high level of detail and accuracy.
  •  No more than three years of research experience since receipt of doctoral degree by the start date of the appointment.
  •  Demonstrated knowledge of research design, sample selection, survey research, interviewing techniques, and quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Analytic skills including data analysis using SPSS, Stata, R, Mplus and/or other statistical packages.

This is a 1-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal for an additional year based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package.

To apply

To view the full job listing and apply go to​: Search the JobID #JPF01388

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.