Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Science

University of Denver

United States

Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Science

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Work type: Postdoc / Research / Fellow
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Postdoc / Fellow, Research

The Provost at the University of Denver serves as the chief academic officer and the chief budget officer. To support the second of these roles, the Office of the Provost works closely with all University leaders in the development of the annual budget. This process involves input of all stakeholders, assessment of external factors and their possible impacts on resource availability and needed expense, modeling of potential future developments, and clear scenario generation for leaders to make decisions for the future of the University.

Position Summary

The University of Denver Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs is seeking a full-time, postdoctoral research fellow to join research projects focused on father engagement, implementation science, intervention development, home visiting, and child maltreatment prevention. This is a 12-month position with the possibility of a one-year renewal contingent upon funding and satisfactory performance.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will support the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs in carrying out research-related projects and tasks. The primary projects include: 1) the Colorado Fatherhood Program Evaluation, a federally funded multi-site initiative testing a new evidence-informed intervention called the Nurturing Dads and Partners Program in partnership with the Colorado Department of Early Childhood and 2) The Dads Matter-HV intervention, an evidence-based home visiting intervention designed to better engaged fathers and support their role in the family. Tasks on these projects may include: supervising students, supporting community partners with data collection, development of research measures and tools, analysis of data, collaboration with state or other funding partners, development of grants, and writing reports, manuscripts, or other dissemination products.

The fellow will primarily be supervised by Dr. Jennifer Bellamy. However, the fellow will have the opportunity to work with multiple faculty at DU and at other institutions. A team-mentorship approach will be used to support the advancement of the fellow’s research, scholarship, and career development. The fellow will also benefit from numerous professional development opportunities offered by the university. The preference is for a postdoctoral candidate who can be physically located in Denver, but remote work will also be considered depending on qualifications.

Essential Functions

  • Support the implementation and evaluation of the Colorado Fatherhood Project Evaluation, including training and coordination with implementation sites, data collection, data analysis, and publication development.
  • Assist with the evaluation and dissemination of the Dads Matter-HV intervention, including assisting with data collection, data analysis, publication development, and grant writing.
  • Conduct secondary data analysis and develop publications using existing study data.
  • Develop a program of research and scholarship in one or more of the following areas: father involvement, co-parenting, home visiting, implementation science, or child maltreatment prevention.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated commitment, knowledge, and ability to effectively engage individuals from broadly diverse communities.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting research or providing services related to father involvement, co-parenting, home visiting, implementation science, or child maltreatment prevention.
  • Excellent writing skills for publishing research findings.
  • Excellent communication skills for collaborating with faculty, research staff and community partners.
  • Experience working as part of a community-engaged research or program implementation team.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in social work or a related social science discipline.
  • Ability to exhibit a developing agenda of publication and research.

Preferred Qualifications

  • MSW in addition to doctorate.
  • Two or more years of community-engaged research experience.

Working Environment

  1. Standard office environment.
  2. Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
  3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

  1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
  2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

In accordance with the University’s flexible work policy, this position is eligible to be considered for partial remote work. Further details regarding this plan will be determined with the hiring manager and are dependent on the division and team specific needs.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) July 1, 2023.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:

The salary grade for the position is 8.

Salary Range:

The salary for this position is $56,484 and determined by the NIH pay scale for postdocs. Please see for additional information.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal-opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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