University of Iowa

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences ( at the University of Iowa ( invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral research scholar position in Dr. Grazyna Kochanska’s laboratory.

 Dr. Kochanska is seeking an excellent candidate for a post-doctoral position in her laboratory. She is at an early stage of a large, NICHD-funded longitudinal study of social-emotional development from infancy to preschool age. Existing large longitudinal data sets from several completed studies also continue to be analyzed and published. Consequently, the position allows for outstanding productivity and a great start of a research career. The key skills include extreme familiarity with data management of very large multi-method multi-trait data sets and excellent data-analytic skills relevant to large longitudinal studies. Expertise in up-to-date approaches to the testing of mediation and moderation is particularly critical. Expertise in structural equation modeling and relevant computer packages (SPSS, Mplus, etc.) is required. Analytic skills specific to complex longitudinal data are also highly preferable. Strong writing skills are important as well.

 In addition to working with data, the successful candidate will engage in multiple research activities important for a future academic career (coding various behavioral data, mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, etc.). The scope of our research is broad. We study parent-child relationships, temperament, children’s and parents’ social cognition, and children’s adjustment, among other topics, and we use a wide variety of methods (e.g., observations, reports, interviews). Consequently, candidates may have diverse backgrounds (e.g., developmental psychology and psychopathology, clinical psychology).   The position is initially funded for one year, but subsequent years may be available. Start time may be negotiated. Candidates who have completed all of their requirements for their PHD, but the degree has not yet been conferred, will be considered. The salary will reflect the current NIH schedule.

 Iowa has recently been ranked as #1 state to live: Iowa City is a vibrant, charming university town.

 To apply for this position, please contact Dr. Grazyna Kochanska at Please send: (1) a letter of interest that describes research accomplishments, skills, and future research plans, (2) full curriculum vitae, and (3) names and contact information of 2-3 individuals who will provide letters of recommendation if asked. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The Department and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are strongly committed to diversity; the strategic plans of the University and College reflect this commitment. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.