Postdoctoral Associate in Occupational Therapy

University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions

United States


Seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to be an integral part of our mission to design and evaluate best practices in partnership with transition age youth and young adults with developmental disabilities. This position is located in the Youth and Young Adults Empowerment, Leadership, and Learning (“YELL”) Lab located in the Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida. We develop theory-driven assessments and interventions/curriculum that empower youth and young adults with developmental disabilities to participate in education, work, independent living, and their community. Director of the YELL Lab, Dr. Jessica Kramer, has active funding from NIH and PCORI and is published in the fields of developmental medicine, occupational therapy, and special education.

The Postdoctoral Associate will receive individualized mentoring and gain experience in grant writing, project management, research design, qualitative and quantitative analysis, measurement development and evaluation, participatory research approaches, and dissemination/ knowledge translation. The Postdoctoral Associate will also have the opportunity to pursue independent funding and refine their teaching and mentorship skills with graduate/professional and undergraduate students.

UF provides a wealth of opportunities for research collaboration. The College of Public Health and Health Professions is part of the University’s Health Science Center, which includes the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry, and Veterinary Medicine. The UF College of Education and School of Special Education is nationally recognized for its educational programs and research.  The University of Florida, the 7th ranked public institution by US News and World Reports, offers a variety of programs and resources to support your professional development and prepare you for a successful career as an independent researcher.  

Seeking a candidate with excellent interpersonal skills, prior quantitative and qualitative methodological training, project management experience, and a commitment to disability justice and inclusion.

Specific job duties include:

  • Contribute to the conceptualization and design of research studies through grant writing, the development of pilot studies, and/or secondary data analyses 
  • Coordinate and manage implementation of research projects in the YELL lab
  • Complete informed consent and qualitative and quantitative data collection with youth and young adults with developmental disabilities and other stakeholders
  • Analyze and interpret qualitative and quantitative data
  • Disseminate research findings by writing manuscripts and presenting at national conferences, and engage in knowledge translation through social media


Eligible candidates will have a PhD or ScD in Rehabilitation Sciences, Occupational Therapy, Special Education, Disability Studies, Developmental Psychology, Public Health, or a related field. We will consider candidates who successfully passed their dissertation defense but have not yet received their diploma. 

Application Instructions

To apply, submit a CV, letter of interest, and three letters of recommendation.

Application review will begin immediately and continue until a suitable applicant pool has been established.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

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