Research Scientist/Scholar - Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Center on Community Living and Careers, Indiana University

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana is seeking a Research Scholar to serve in the Center on Community Living and Careers.  The Research Scholar will be responsible for the development and delivery of training and technical assistance to Indiana educators supporting students with disabilities to transition to adulthood on a state Department of Education contract and other fee-for service or grants.

Position Description:  To fulfill the Center's responsibilities on our state Department of Education contract, the Research Scholar will provide project management of the contract, including development of a work plan, collaborating with colleagues to divide up and manage the work load, and writing quarterly reports to be submitted to the state Department of Education.

This position must be able to independently, and within a team, implement the project-based mission of the CCLC and IIDC. The candidate will share decision-making with the PI (Center Director) and CCLC colleagues to implement state contracts and grants and produce deliverables within the expected timelines, with final decision-making held by this position or PI. This position will collaborate with CCLC colleagues to develop and disseminate informational products and professional reports and determine appropriate outlets for dissemination of training and technical assistance products and activities.

Position will work on assigned projects independently and as part of a team. The projects will be part of a larger program focused on the CCLC and IIDC missions where all parts of the program are interrelated and essential for the successful implementation of the grant and state contract obligations held by the CCLC.

Duties and Responsibilities:

(a)   develop and deliver training and technical assistance to special educators and transition leaders in
        the state regarding evidence-based and best practices in the development of the transition IEP and
        effective transition planning and service delivery;

(b)    work with state partners to strengthen the role of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and
        postsecondary education/training in supporting students with disabilities to acquire valued
        employability skills;

(c)    interface with state funders and key partners in the delivery of transition services in Indiana schools
        and participate in various workgroups with our partners, representing the CCLC;

(d)    create and disseminate informational products (e.g., tips sheets, Tuesday's Tips, how-to guides, fact
        sheets) for key stakeholders (i.e., people with disabilities, families, educators, service providers, state
        department partners and key agencies) on topics such as, but not limited to, Vocational Rehabilitation
        Services, supported and customized employment, transition to adulthood, family engagement in
        transition, postsecondary education/training, and community living and participation;

(e)    participate in grant proposal development, research, program evaluation, and other activities (e.g.,
        committee participation, conference presentations) at the CCLC and/or IIDC as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

Doctoral degree required in human/social services, special education, rehabilitation counseling, psychology, or related field.

Minimum of 3-5 years of related experience

Minimum of one year of successful postdoctoral research experience.

Experience with submission of grant proposals or development of contracts, with preference given to those with a history of awarded proposals.

Professional or personal knowledge of/experience with disability, especially as related to the transition to adulthood life stage.

Knowledge of Indiana Special Education services Knowledge of transition IEP and Indicator 13 requirements.


Interested candidates should apply at Applications received by 2/15/19 will be given full consideration. Please direct questions regarding this posting to:  Susan Henning-Harris at [email protected].


Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. 
All qualified applicants will receive consideration of employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.