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MSU-DOCTRID Hegarty Fellows Postdoctoral Research Program

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The MSU-DOCTRID Hegarty Fellows Program, located in the Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies (ORDS) in the College of Education at Michigan State University (MSU), seeks Research Associate(s) for the DOCTRID Research Institute, which is an international, interdisciplinary coalition of scholars and universities dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with autism, intellectual and other neurodevelopmental disabilities through research and technology.

DOCTRID was established as a research institute on autism and intellectual disability at the Daughters of Charity Service in Dublin, Ireland. MSU served as the founding partner. It operates from a collaborative, international research model to carry out ongoing research and empirical studies that inform policy and practice and identify new evidence-based practices, including the impact of technology, that can be effective in the delivery of services to people with autism and intellectual disabilities. The DOCTRID Research Institute is designed to serve as a center of research excellence in conducting empirical research to inform policy and practice throughout the organization to improve services, care, and outcomes for the individuals served at the Daughters of Charity Service, and other service delivery organizations serving individuals with autism and intellectual disability in Ireland and on a global basis.

DOCTRID is a research consortium of 20 higher institutes of education in Ireland, the UK and USA and is the only research consortium to include all of the universities and institutes of technology in Ireland. The DOCTRID Research Institute operates as a coalition of scholars in a distributed research network that funds and carries out collaborative inter-disciplinary research and training across all Irish universities, UK and USA. The Research Associates selected for these two-year appointments with the Institute will be known as “Hegarty Fellows”, in memory of Sister Martha Hegarty, who was a visionary in the development of the DOCTRID Research Institute.

The MSU-DOCTRID Hegarty Fellows Postdoctoral Research Program is designed to provide training for postdoctoral researchers that have interests in the areas of autism, intellectual and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. These two-year appointments require co-location at MSU and in one of our DOCTRID partner universities in Ireland. The Hegarty Fellowships are designed to foster the researcher as an independent scholar. The emphasis of the post-doctoral appointment is on refining the candidate’s research methodology skills and further developing their substantive area of expertise. The research projects that the candidate will participate in are designed to enable the researcher to perform at the highest levels of methodological and substantive rigor. Candidates selected will be encouraged to assume leadership roles on research activities and work on collaborative interdisciplinary project teams that provide opportunities for scholarly publications, paper presentations at international conferences, and research proposal development. For additional information on this extraordinary and highly successful post-doctoral training program, please see our web page, under the Hegarty Fellows Program

As an international project, the candidate will be co-located at MSU and at a selected Irish partner university with DOCTRID. The candidate must be mobile in order to work in both locations and carry out their role. For breadth of experience and training, the Research Associate will have both primary and secondary mentors.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have received their doctoral degree prior to beginning the two-year appointment. We are seeking applicants from an interdisciplinary and international perspective and welcome applications from a wide array of disciplines including, but not limited to: rehabilitation counselor education, rehabilitation psychology, developmental psychology, special education, educational technology, engineering, psychology, social sciences, and quantitative methods. Candidates must have interest in working on research projects related to autism and intellectual disability, demonstrated research skills and capacity for developing a productive program of research and extramural funding. Previous clinical and/or research experience in the area of autism or intellectual disability is highly desirable. Applicants must be highly motivated, self-directed, have strong organizational and problem solving skills and be willing and able to work collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers. Candidates will be selected to start these appointments at MSU on August 15, 2019.

APPLICATIONS: Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2018, and will continue until positions are filled. 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 and curriculum vitae that includes three professional references.  Interested candidates should apply to this position via the link at:

For more information please contact Dr. Michael J. Leahy, Chair of Search Committee, University Distinguished Professor and Director of the Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies and the MSU-DOCTRID Fellows Program at

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