Postdoctoral Scholar in Psychological Science

University of California Irvine

United States

Postdoctoral Scholar Child Narratives Lab

Job #JPF07220
  • Psychological Science / School of Social Ecology / UC Irvine

Application Window

Open date: November 2nd, 2021

Next review date: Monday, Nov 22, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Mar 14, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Child Narratives Lab in the Department of Psychological Science at UC Irvine, is currently recruiting a full time postdoctoral scholar. Under the direction and supervision of the faculty director, this position entails management of an NIH-funded research study on facilitating children’s maltreatment disclosures, data analysis, grant and manuscript writing, in addition to other managerial and coordination tasks as needed. The ideal candidate will demonstrate independence in large-scale project management, analyzing research data, and preparing written manuscripts. They will conduct themselves professionally with all members of the lab and when representing the lab, will have exceptional writing and analytic skills, and will complete tasks in a timely and thorough manner.

Research in the Child Narratives Lab focuses on how social context and individual differences influence children's reports about past events. More specifically, we address questions about how the conditions under which children experience events and the conditions in which they are asked to remember those events influence what and how they recall. Much of this research focuses on developing and refining methods for helping adults (e.g. forensic interviewers, clinicians, parents) elicit accurate and complete information from children about their past experiences in a supportive way. For more information about the lab and its ongoing projects, see our lab website: Child Narratives Lab.

Position Details:
Proposed academic title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Area of academic emphasis: Developmental and Legal Psychology

Minimum basic qualifications:
-Ph.D. or equivalent granted in Psychology or related field by the start of the appointment.
-Training and experience collecting data with children aged 3-12 years
-Proficiency with statistical software packages (e.g. SPSS, R, Mplus), Word, Excel, Powerpoint
-Experience with protecting confidential data
-Record of successful academic writing
-Training and experience in statistical analysis of behavioral data

Desired qualifications:
-Experience with coding written narratives for linguistic content and successfully attaining and calculating inter-rater reliability
-Experience conducting independent research with children and families
-Record of peer-reviewed publication
-Record of attaining academic funding
-Experience managing a large research team

This position requires a minimum commitment of 40 hours/week starting July 1, 2022. The position is currently offered through June 30, 2023, with the possibility of reappointment.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, writing sample, and arrange for two letters of reference all to be submitted through the AP Recruit system. Letters of reference should be confidential and submitted directly from the recommender. Any questions regarding the position should be directed to Diane Enriquez at

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Review of applications will begin one week after the job posting date and will continue until the position is filled.

More Info:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or equivalent granted in Psychology or related field by the start of the appointment.

Training and experience collecting data with children aged 3-12 years
Proficiency with statistical software packages (e.g. SPSS, R, Mplus), Word, Excel, Powerpoint
Experience with protecting confidential data

Record of successful academic writing
Training and experience in statistical analysis of behavioral data

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence.
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 2 letters of reference required
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Campus Information

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

Irvine, CA

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