Postdoctoral Fellow in Leader Development

Rice University

United States


Position Summary

The Doerr Institute for New Leaders is seeking to fill a position for a postdoctoral research fellow to help design, plan, and execute leader development programming for students across the university. This is a practitioner role, similar to a full-time role in HR talent management departments in industry. The individual will be expected to help deliver training in addition to helping to design training programs, so experience teaching and/or training is important. A record of publication in academic, social science journals is desirable but not required, although successful applicants must be able to read and evaluate academic research on leader development. Having compelling practitioner experience in the realm of leader development or talent management is also desirable. The full-time position is for 12 months with the possibility of renewal for one additional year. The applicant must defend their dissertation by September 30, 2019.

Education Required

PhD or other Doctoral Degree


A social science field (or ABD if the applicant defends their dissertation by September 30, 2019.)

Education Preferred

I/O psychology, social psychology, personality psychology, behavioral economics, or related fields.

Experience Required

 6 months

Type of Experience

Must have training in the realm of leadership, leader development, or talent management.

Experience Preferred

- Experience reading, evaluating, and applying research on leadership and leader development is preferred
- Teaching and/or training experience also very desirable

Skills Required

 - Strong research skills are required for this position, as are strong written and oral communication skills
- Ability to work effectively on a team is required
- A portion of the postdoctoral fellow’s time will be spent piloting new training initiatives or changes to existing initiatives. As such, a successful candidate will have skills in teaching, training, and/or facilitating

Skills Preferred

 - Ability to design and execute evidence-based training programs to develop students as leaders

Physical Demands

 Must be able to work in an office environment.

Working Conditions

 Office environment. Some travel, after-hours, and weekend work may be required.

Security Sensitive


Special Instructions to Applicants

Please provide a personal statement addressing why you feel leader development is important and what qualities you would bring to the Doerr Institute for New Leaders.

Please note that we are requesting for applicants to provide 3 to 5 references under the Professional References section of the application.

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Job Duty Name

- Research and Design of Training Initiatives

- Delivery of Training

Description of Job Duty

 - Works with institute staff on development and implementation of new and existing training initiatives designed to elevate the leadership capacity of Rice students; examples include helping to design training on conflict management skills, effective communication, and leading a team

- Teaches and/or trains in leader development programs

Percentage of Time


- 35

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Personal Statement
  4. Teaching or Training Evaluations
Optional Documents
  1. Resume

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a PhD or other doctoral degree in a social science field (or expect to have defended your dissertation in a social science field before September 30, 2019)?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Will defend dissertation in a social science field before September 30, 2019
  2. * Do you have six months or more of training in the realm of leadership, leader development, or talent management?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a record of publication in academic, peer-reviewed, social science journals?
    • Yes
    • No

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