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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Administration, Rehabilitation and Post-Secondary Education

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Work type: Research Fellows
Location: San Diego
Categories: Excluded, Temporary, Full Time, Research

Position Summary

Dr. Mary Baker-Ericzén is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation and Post-Secondary Education at San Diego State University. Responsibilities include working on the NIMH R01 funded multisite project (collaborating with Portland State University- Drs. Christina Nicolaidis & Dora Raymaker, Oregon Health & Science University- Dr. Willi Horner, Vanderbilt University Medical Center- Dr. Julie Lounds Taylor) to develop and test an autism patient-reported outcome measures (AUT-PROMS) toolbox. This study will also enroll a large cohort to follow longitudinally with the long-term goal to improve life outcomes for autistic adults. The AUT-PROMS toolbox will be tested with a large diverse sample within multiple community service systems- healthcare, disability and vocational services and the larger community (may or may not be involved in services). Additionally, the post-doc will be involved in an initiative to disseminate and implement evidence-based executive functioning and social cognition interventions for neurodiverse teens and adults in community service and education settings. These projects are exciting opportunities to participate in community-based participatory research and connect with a large network of autistic self-advocates and community-focused researchers across the US.


  • Participating in community-based participatory research groups
  •  Connecting with service settings and facilitating data collection
  • Conducting training and consultation to providers in evidence-based interventions for neurodiverse populations to enhance executive functioning and social cognitions (“soft skills”)
  •  Supervising of graduate and undergraduate students at SDSU
  • Pursuing independent secondary data analyses study
  • Preparing scholarly manuscripts and conference presentations
  • Assisting with grant applications
  • Performing data management tasks and statistical analysis
  • Fostering a network of research collaborators through registration and data sharing agreements

For more information regarding the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation and Post-Secondary Education, click here.

Initial appointment is for one year and support is available for a second year conditional on satisfactory progress toward project and individual goals. This position is full-time and designated exempt under FLSA.

Education and Experience

  • Doctorate in the field of psychology, social work, vocational rehabilitation, special education, disability counseling or very related field prior to start date
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills and potential to mentor graduate students
  • Experience with management and analysis of datasets
  • Experience working with community partners in disability and/or mental health settings and marginalized neurodiverse communities
  • Candidates must have obtained their doctorate degree within the last two years

Compensation and Benefits

Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources.

Hiring salary:  $54,835 annually 

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

Application Procedures

Applications will be accepted immediately and reviewed as received.  The position will remain open until filled.

As of January 1, 2022 the California State University system requires all employees to live in the state of California (policy ID 10899725). If this poses a barrier to application for this position, or if any other questions arise please email Mary Baker-Ericzen (

Applications should include 1) a statement of interest describing the candidate’s interest in the project and qualifications, 2) a current CV, 3) a writing sample, and 4) names of three references that can be contacted after an initial screening interview.

SDSU Vaccine Policy

In accordance with the California State University systemwide policy, students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a valid medical or religious exemption in order to access campus.  An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-shot vaccine or two weeks after the first dose of a single-shot vaccine. 

The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation to the university’s secure online health portal prior to beginning work.  Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to participate in SDSU’s COVID-19 testing program.

Supplemental Information

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

Applicants should be present in the U.S. and be eligible to begin working upon satisfactory background check. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Rachael Stalmann at

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