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Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana
Date Posted 04/08/2022
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Summary

The post-doctoral candidate will have field supervision, graduate/undergraduate mentoring and research responsibilities in the Literacy and Language Development Clinic (LLDC) project. The project is funded by a Learning Recovery Grant from the Indiana Department of Education. The purpose of the LLDC is to offer an array of service options to individual partnered school populations’ needs and resources in the area of literacy and language development including (a) needs assessment and screening, (b) one-on-one intervention, and (c) teacher release time/whole-class cover through interdisciplinary read alouds. Working in partnership with 4 school districts in Central Indiana, the project aims to: (1) provide English language development support for EL students at different English proficiency and grade levels through language need analysis and small group tutoring, (2) improve Purdue's pre-service EL teacher preparation, and (3) improve the mentoring experiences between pre-service EL teachers, in-service host teachers, and supervising Purdue instructors in the field experience.


Specific responsibilities for the post-doctoral candidate include instruction of EL courses; supervision of pre-service EL teachers in their field experiences, which requires occasional driving from/to partnered schools; data collection and analysis including qualitative and quantitative approaches from observations of tutoring sessions in elementary schools, tutoring videos, interviews with pre-service & in-service teachers and supervising Purdue instructors; dissemination efforts including presentations and publications; and coordination with the principal investigators, project directors and other members of the research team.


The College of Education aspires to be a collaborative community.  We are innovators discovering new ideas and solutions that will foster a positive global impact for faculty, staff, students, and community.  Successful candidates are expected to embrace diversity, promote inclusive excellence, and encourage freedom of thought and speech.

Required Qualifications
  • Ed.D or Ph.D in Literacy and Language, Bilingual Education, Applied Linguistics, TESOL or closely related field
  • Teaching experience with emergent bilinguals (English learners) in K-12 schools and supervising field experiences with pre-service teachers
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience conducting research and disseminating results


Additional Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to work collaboratively with a research team
  • Knowledge of current issues with ELL education
  • Experience developing or implementing educational interventions in schools or out-of-school programs

Additional Information

Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position 

Start Date

Between August 15, 2022 and May 14, 2023.


Review of applications will begin in Late-April and will continue until the position is filled. 


Please send a cover letter, resume, three current references. 


Contact Dr. Virak Chan at chan201@purdue.edu with any questions. 

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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