Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities in Autism Implementation Science - University of California, Davis and San Diego State University

Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2017

Applications are invited for multiple postdoctoral fellowship positions under the direction of Dr. Aubyn Stahmer in the Department of Psychiatry at University of California, Davis MIND Institute and Dr. Jessica Suhrheinrich in the Department of Special Education and San Diego State University. Drs. Stahmer and Suhrheinrich are Co-PIs of a state-wide exploratory study of teacher training due to being in September 2017. This study, Exploring Multi-level System Factors Facilitating Educator Training and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices (EBP), will examine how cross-level (SELPA, District, School, Classroom) mechanisms such as leadership support, training requirements, structure, collaboration, and prior education affect how well teachers use EBP and, in turn, how this affects outcomes for students with ASD.

The UC Davis and SDSU fellows will work closely together and with the investigators as key members of the project team. Their primary responsibility will be to implement surveys and focus groups with multiple administrators, program specialists, teachers and paraprofessionals and to support data management and analyses. Additionally, they will be involved in authorship on manuscripts and presentations, and engagement with community partners. Fellows will receive joint mentoring from the PIs and study investigators, have access to broader training opportunities in each site, support for conference travel, and specialized training in implementation science.

Strong applicants will have experience with autism spectrum disorders and school systems, strong data analysis skills, and demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Candidates should have multilevel/mixed-effects data analysis experience and computational/ programming skills, including R, SAS, STATA, or SPSS. Appointments will be made for one year, with a second year re-appointment expected based on review of the fellow's progress. We anticipate that the fellowship will be available September 1, 2017, although the start date is flexible. The current stipend for first year fellows is commensurate with the standard National Institutes of Health rate and is eligible for benefits.

Interested applicants should submit (1) a letter of interest; (2) CV; (3) reprints of three publications or other scholarly writing; and (4) three letters of recommendation to Dr. Stahmer ( and Dr. Suhrheinrich ( by July 15, 2017. Please specify whether you have a preference for a fellowship at the UC Davis or SDSU site.