The Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies (ORDS) in the College of Education at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking a highly motivated and organized individual to serve as a full-time research associate for a federally grant-funded research project evaluating a work-related social skills intervention for transition-aged youth and young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This is a one-year, 12-month (with possible additional years) position that will be responsible for coordinating research activities as part of a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)-funded randomized controlled trial study to further refine and evaluate the efficacy of the Assistive Social Skills & Employment Training (ASSET) program. ASSET is a weekly after-school program that runs for 10 weeks and is designed to improve social skills, social selfefficacy, adaptive functioning and work readiness of transition-aged youth and young adults with ASD (ages 14-22) and will be implemented at multiple sites in Michigan and Illinois. This four-year research project is a collaboration between MSU, Illinois Institute of Technology and high schools in Michigan and Illinois. The team is composed of interdisciplinary researchers from Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, Special Education, Occupational Therapy, and Measurement and Statistics who are investigating evidence-based secondary transition practices to improve vocational-related outcomes of high school students with ASD.

Our research group has a track record of strong postdoctoral researcher mentoring and an excellent job placement record for our researcher associates.
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Successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating activities related to the research project on the MSU campus and in various research site locations in Michigan and Illinois.
Excellent communication and organizational skills are required. The primary work site will be on the MSU campus in East Lansing, but regular travel to various community locations in Michigan and Illinois will also be required.

Specific responsibilities under this job position include, but are not limited to:

  • (1) developing research materials and monitoring progress of research-related activities;
  • (2) providing training and supervision to research staff in administration of assessment protocols and implementation of interventions;
  • (3) recruiting research participants and providing human subjects protection oversight;
  • (4) ensuring research study protocol compliance and improving the quality assurance of research procedures;
  • (5) collecting, managing and analyzing research data (quantitative and/or qualitative based upon individual research skills and experience);
  • (6) contributing to research output (e.g., progress reports manuscripts and presentations); and
  • (7) participating in the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate research assistants.

The salary is commensurate with education and experience and the appointment will be on an annual basis with renewal/reappointment contingent on a successful performance.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.
Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae that includes three professional references, and two samples of scholarly writing. Interested candidates should apply to this position via the link at: Review of applications will begin on March 5, 2018 and the position will remain open until filled.

Skills and Experiences

Applicants must have received a doctoral degree in rehabilitation counseling, psychology, special education, social sciences, quantitative methods, or another related field, prior to beginning the appointment. Applicants are required to have a minimum of one year of experience working on research projects.
Ideal applicants will have a strong interest in working on research projects related to ASD and/or intellectual/developmental disability (IDD), demonstrate strong research skills and show a capacity for developing a productive program of research and accessing extramural funding.
Applicants must be highly motivated, self-directed, have strong organizational and problem solving skills and be willing and able to work collaboratively with a group of interdisciplinary researchers and educators. Previous clinical and/or research experience in the area of ASD or IDD; experience in experimental research designs and/or quantitative/qualitative research methods; and experience in publishing and presenting research findings are highly desirable.
Clinical and/or research experience in the areas of secondary transition preparation and planning for youth with ASD or IDD, and psychological and vocational assessments and interventions are preferred but not required.

Contact: Dr. Connie Sung: | 517-353-1638 Dr. Gloria Lee: | 517-432-3623