Postdoctoral Researcher (Telecommute Eligible)

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Postdoc / Fellow

The Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab (Colorado Lab) is a strategic research partner for government and the community. The Colorado Lab was launched as a collaboration between the University of Denver and the Colorado Governor's office. The mission of the Colorado Lab is to improve the lives of Colorado residents by partnering with state and local governments to strengthen coordinated and efficient person-centered services. The Colorado Lab approach is responsive to the needs of government partners, serving as a connector between government agencies and the research community and prioritizing work that would not happen but for the Colorado Lab. The projects the Colorado Lab engages in are cross system, person-centered, and aligned with the Governor’s priority social and health policy areas.

Position Summary

The Colorado Lab seeks to add a postdoctoral researcher to support evidence-building among recipients of RISE Education Funds. To address the learning challenges related to the economic, social, and health impacts of COVID-19 and promote innovation, Colorado has awarded over $40 million in RISE grants to educational institutions using federal Governors Emergency Education Relief Funds. The Colorado Lab is supporting 10 awardees in moving their programs along the steps to building evidence to support sites in successfully implementing and sustaining their projects, for example, by establishing implementing teams, clarifying intended outcomes and core components, and building sustainable data infrastructure. In addition, the Lab is working to ensure that findings and lessons learned from these efforts are documented and communicated to education and policy stakeholders who might benefit from similar approaches.

The successful candidate will start as soon as possible with funding secured through June 2023 with the possibility of an extension based on funding.

Essential Functions

The position will support project leads, working deeply with a subset of RISE projects, while building a portfolio of peer-reviewed publications under the mentorship of experienced Colorado Lab staff. Example functions include:

  • Conduct literature reviews and environmental scans, to support sites with ongoing implementation needs (identifying curricula, assessment approaches, etc.) and to identify opportunities to elevate lessons learned and support scale of the RISE work.
  • Support the facilitation of site-based implementation team meetings, guiding stakeholders to proactively identify and address implementation challenges and develop strategies to support project sustainability. 
  • Lead data cleaning and data management. Develop and execute data analysis plans for a variety of quantitative and qualitative data (e.g., administrative data, survey data, interview data).
  • Gather primary data, if relevant for a project, such as developing surveys, conducting focus groups or interviews.
  • In partnership with site-based partners, lead the development of lessons learned products, including implementation manuals, “how to” guides, and policy briefs.
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals on topics of interest to the Postdoctoral Researcher and agreed upon by RISE project partners and Colorado Lab staff.
  • Engage in other duties as necessary, requested, and appropriate to support the mission of the Colorado Lab.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated passion for improving government performance and addressing complex social problems.
  • Able to collaborate effectively with RISE project partners and Colorado Lab staff.
  • Able to effectively communicate orally and in writing to a range of audiences, including experience with technical writing for research audiences, policy memos for policymakers and implementation manuals and slide decks for practitioners.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and creativity in problem solving.
  • Experience generating and/or using data to drive insights and action.
  • Quantitative data management and analysis skills, including coding/recoding, variable creation, descriptive and bivariate analysis, and simple regression analyses.
  • Familiarity with qualitative data analysis, for example, experience developing or using codebooks and identifying themes.
  • Self-motivated with an orientation towards results and a track record of driving results with limited supervisory direction.
  • Eagerness to learn, attention to detail, and ability to balance competing priorities and tight deadlines.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in education, public policy, public health, anthropology, sociology, or a related field received in the last three years or expected by December 2022.
  • 3 years of experience conducting research or evaluation, at least 1 of which is in a K-12 educational setting.
  • Subject matter expertise or interest in K-12 career-connected learning.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in education received in the last three years or expected by December 2022.

Work Schedule
University of Denver hours of operations are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. MST. This position is eligible to be fully remote/telecommute. Work arrangements are to be finalized and agreed upon with supervisor.   

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 12pm MST Monday, March 28, 2022.

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 range for this position is $50,000-$60,000.

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
  3. Writing sample (excerpt max 4 pages). If you are not the sole author, provide a brief description of your role in the developing the product.

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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