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Post Doctoral Scholar, VAW Cluster

University of Central Florida

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VAW Cluster
is one of nine faculty clusters at the University of Central Florida focused on conducting cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research to make positive impacts across the globe. We are currently a team of 11 faculty and two postdoctoral scholars. Postdoctoral scholars will be jointly mentored by the faculty lead(s) on their assigned projects. They will collaborate on research studies examining intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and other gender-based violence among community and student populations. More information about the Violence Against Women Cluster and its members can be found at
The Opportunity
The VAW Cluster is looking for two full-time, benefits eligible, 12-month postdoctoral research scholars. Contract renewal is possible on an annual basis for up to 3 years, with the third year contingent on availability of funding. For additional information and policies regarding postdoctoral scholars at UCF, including professional development and resources for UCF postdoctoral scholars, please see
. Postdoctoral scholars with approved funding may receive a $5,000 stipend in addition to salary and benefits to support travel, professional development, and/or research activities.
The post-docs' tasks could include liaising with community partners, developing data collection protocols, managing quantitative and qualitative data collection, leading and assisting in data analysis, co-author scholarly and translational publication materials, contributing to future grant applications, attending Cluster meetings as required, supporting administrative and regulatory activities, and supervising student researchers.
The selected candidates should have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and collaboratively.
Anticipated Start Date: August 2024
  • Project management and oversight of study procedures, protocols, and tasks (e.g., recruitment and retention).
  • Liaise with community partners locally and nationally.
  • Develop data collection protocols.
  • Collect qualitative, quantitative, and longitudinal data.
  • Assist in quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Assist in the development of grant applications.
  • Co-author scholarly and translational publication materials.
  • Attend required Cluster meetings and activities.
  • Supervise student researchers/volunteers.
  • Other research tasks as assigned.
  • Note: Responsibilities are project-dependent and may not include everything listed above.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • A Ph.D. or expected Ph.D. in a theoretically relevant field of study (e.g., social work, criminal justice, sociology, psychology, women’s studies, nursing, public health) from an accredited institution by the start of the appointment.
  • Experience conducting research related to gender-based violence.
  • Comprehensive understanding of relevant research and analytic methods.
  • Intermediate or advanced experience with statistical software (e.g., SPSS, Stata, SAS, MPlus, R) and multivariate statistics, and/or
  • Intermediate or advanced experience with qualitative data analysis (e.g., content analysis, thematic analysis, narrative analysis, discourse analysis).
  • Experience authoring or co-authoring a scholarly, peer-reviewed publication, including writing strong literature reviews.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience managing research projects.
  • Experience leading or co-leading scholarly, peer-reviewed publications.
  • Experience and ability to work with large datasets.
  • Experience and ability to work collaboratively.
  • Data collection experience with one or more of the following: survivors of violence, criminal justice system stakeholders, community-based services, undergraduate students, and administrative data.
  • Experience with longitudinal data collection and/or multi-site research.
Additional Application Materials Required:
UCF requires all applications and supporting documents to be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website.
NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Letter (limit 2 pages) summarizing your relevant experience and career goals; past and/or potential contributions to access, belonging, and/or community engagement.
  • Contact information for three professional references, at least 2 references should be academic (their position, title, affiliation, email, phone number)
  • Two writing samples that best exemplifies your scholarly work (e.g., a published or unpublished manuscript-length document, a technical report)
Special Instructions to the Applicants:
The selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts (and, as applicable, U.S. degree equivalency evaluations) documenting the conferral of their qualifying academic credentials.
Questions regarding this search may be directed to: Dr. Bethany Backes at
College of Health Professions and Sciences (CHPS) - School of Social Work
Work Schedule
Type of Appointment
Fixed Term (Fixed Term)
Expected Salary
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
The University of Central Florida is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including Disabled/Vets. Click on
UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement
to view the President’s Statement.
The UCF affirmative action plans for qualified individuals with disabilities and protected Veterans are available for inspection in the Office of Institutional Equity, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., upon request.
As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.
The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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