Post-Doctoral Associate, ECDEC

New York University

United States

June 10, 2022


Post-Doctoral Associate, ECDEC New York University: NYU - NY: Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and

Human Development: Office of Research: Institute of Human Development and Social Change: Global TIES


New York, NY

Open Date

May 10, 2022


About the Play to Learn Initiative and Ahlan Simsim

The Rohingya and Syrian refugee crises are two of the defining humanitarian issues of our time, with millions displaced due to conflict and war. In addition, we know from decades of research that all children need nurturing care, a comforting routine, and opportunities to learn through play in the critical first years of life. Yet only about 3 percent of humanitarian assistance goes to education, and only a tiny sliver of that 3 percent to early childhood development services.

The Play to Learn initiative is a partnership between Sesame Workshop, BRAC, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and NYU Global TIES for Children to develop, provide and evaluate high-quality early childhood development services and mass media for young children in Rohingya refugee families in Cox's Bazar. Ahlan Simsim is a partnership between Sesame Workshop, the IRC, and NYU Global TIES for Children to develop, provide and evaluate high-quality early childhood development services and mass media for young children in Syrian refugee families in the Middle East. Research for these projects are implemented in three countries in the Middle East -- Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq – and in Cox's Bazar district, Bangladesh. These partnerships are funded by a $100 million grant from the LEGO Foundation (Play to Learn) and the inaugural 100&Change award from the MacArthur Foundation (Ahlan Simsim). NYU Global TIES for Children is leading the external evaluations of the programming in these projects, including formative and implementation research, impact evaluations, and a large longitudinal prenatal-cohort study in Bangladesh.

We partner with Sesame Workshop, BRAC and the IRC to bring the most rigorous qualitative and quantitative evidence to bear on how to best serve families and children in these communities. We pay special attention to measurement of multiple domains of early childhood development, as well as observational measurement of the quality of implementation of programming in homes, centers, and communities.

The project team includes Hirokazu Yoshikawa (Principal Investigator), Alice J. Wuermli (Co-PI), Lizzie Goodfriend (Project Managing Director), J. Lawrence Aber (Co-Investigator), Yeshim Iqbal and Kate Schwartz (Senior Research Scientists/Evaluation Leads), and research partners at BRAC, IRC and Sesame Workshop.

Position Summary

The Post-Doctoral Associate will provide research support on specific topics across studies under the Play to Learn and Ahlan Simsim initiatives. We are seeking applicants with quantitative/statistical expertise (ideally including psychometric analyses). Ability to work across multiple datasets/projects and with various colleagues and project teams at once is a must. Comfort in Stata is a plus.

The successful candidate will participate in data cleaning; psychometric analyses/checks;; impact analyses; exploratory mediation and moderation analyses; and dissemination of findings through convenings, presentations, reports, and academic publications. This position will provide ample publication opportunities for the motivated candidate.

A more detailed scope of work and a training and professional development plan will be worked out, and tailored to the specific skills, expertise, interests, and professional development goals of the specific Post-Doctoral Associate.

Application Instructions

The position offers a competitive salary, paid time off, and a comprehensive benefits package as well as support for travel costs and conference travel related to study activities.

The position could begin as soon as June 1, 2022, though the start date is flexible. We are looking for someone who is available for a minimum one-year commitment, with the potential for a one-year renewal contingent on satisfactory performance and budgetary approval.

To Apply:

  • The following documents must be submitted via Interfolio:

  • Current CV/Resume

  • Statement of Interest

  • 3 professional references (full name, title/relationship to candidate, contact number and email address)

  • 1 writing sample (preferably a thesis chapter or published article).

  • About Global TIES for Children

    Global TIES for Children is a university-based center with researchers across NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York. At New York University's Global TIES for Children we design, evaluate and advise on programs and policies to improve the lives of children and youth in the most vulnerable regions across the globe. Led by University Professors J. Lawrence Aber and Hirokazu Yoshikawa, we work with some of the world's leading non-governmental organizations and with governments in low-income (LI) and conflict-affected (CA) countries on developing and evaluating innovative approaches to promoting the health, education, and social development of children and their communities. Together with our key strategic partner organizations, our work leverages cutting-edge scientific methods and interdisciplinary collaboration to:

  • Generate actionable evidence to promote child and youth development by conducting and evaluating powerful strategies to transform relevant “social settings” (i.e., classrooms, schools, families, communities, etc.) that are key drivers of children's learning and well-being;

  • Communicate actionable evidence by engaging diverse stakeholders across sectors and regions and disseminating a rigorous evidence base to inform program and policy decisions for children and youth in LI and CA countries; and

  • Build human, administrative, and institutional capacity for a robust global science and practice through the provision of professional development and training activities.

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