Postdoctoral Associate (L,P,S)

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month, Time-Limited
Department: 053700 - NRTC-Nat'l Research Ctr Blindness
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The Postdoctoral Associate will assist senior research staff with conducting federally-funded research studies associated with employment for individuals who are blind or have low vision. The Postdoctoral Associate will receive mentoring from senior research staff to develop research skills and prepare the person to lead future research projects. This is a time-limited, full-time, 12-month position, for a two-year period.

Salary Grade:  UC

For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Assist senior staff with research activities, which may include
a. Conducting literature reviews
b. Survey development
c. Data collection (via survey, interview, or observation)
d. Data management and preparation of secondary data for analysis
e. Data analysis
f. Development of peer-reviewed publications and reports.
2. Assist in the dissemination of research results to external audiences.
3. As part of a team, develop ideas for new research projects.
4. Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Doctoral degree in a focus area of Rehabilitation Counseling, Psychology, Sociology, Educational Psychology, Special Education, or related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working with or conducting research related to people with disabilities, particularly people who are blind or have low vision. Experience working with large national datasets.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Excellent interpersonal, communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
• Statistical analysis skills.
• Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and SAS or SPSS.
• Ability to prioritize competing demands and meet deadlines.
• Ability to work independently and show initiative.
• Ability to balance quality and productivity.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

• No unusual physical requirements. Requires limited lifting of files and records and nearly
all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.
• Frequent external imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions
influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a
few days; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to the
position; involves conflict-resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or
stress on a regular basis.
• Job frequently requires walking, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, and handling objects
with hands.

Instructions for Applying:

If you are interested in helping the NRTC accomplish its mission, please apply for the position directly to the NRTC and through Mississippi State University’s website. Email your letter of application, resume or curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for at least three references to Additionally, apply through the university's job website at:, PARF Number 504988 (job title – Postdoctoral Associate). Contact Michele McDonnall ( for additional position information. For more information about our center, view the NRTC website at

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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