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Postdoctoral Associate, Senior Research Associate, or Research Scientist

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061

Job Description

The Virginia Tech Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research (VTAC/CAR) (, within the Clinical Science program in the Department of Psychology, in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) ( and Commonwealth Autism (, is seeking candidates for two positions as postdoctoral associate, senior research associate, or research scientist, depending upon level of experience. The positions involve work in the catchment areas of Dickenson and Wise Counties to provide diagnostic autism assessments, offer trainings/consultations to area educators, and to conduct effectiveness research on rural capacity building of autism services.

Mentorship will be provided by the director of the VT Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research in Blacksburg, Va. This fellowship will provide a unique experience by working on-site in far southwest Virginia with Cooperative Extension and school-based providers while also building confidence and gaining experience working with a long-established autism clinic and research facility, it's graduate student clinicians, director and affiliated faculty.
VTAC/CAR's mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families through intervention, education, and research directed towards effective treatments and supports.

The clinic, situated in Central Appalachia, provides a rich environment for those interested in pursuing a career in clinical work and research and provides opportunities to work in Health Professional Shortage Areas. This opportunity can also include supervisory experiences needed for psychology licensure. Additional participation in research development, study design/implementation, and publication is also available, based on the candidate's career goals and level of experience.

Ideal candidates for these positions will have a strong background in diagnostic assessments and evidence-based intervention approaches for individuals on the autism spectrum. The hired candidate will ideally work from a VCE location in Dickenson County, VA, and attend meetings online/remotely, with paid travel to Blacksburg a few times each semester, although other work location options can be considered. Candidates are expected to effectively collaborate with members of an interdisciplinary team, which will also include public school staff, children/adolescents and their families/caregivers.
The Virginia Tech Clinical Science program is dually accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) and received the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies' (ABCT) Outstanding Training Program award in 2017.

The positions are for one or two years.

Required Qualifications

Multiple positions and levels available. All positions require the following:

  • PhD/PsyD/or equivalent doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, or a related discipline from an accredited academic program.
  • Experience in working with individuals on the autism spectrum, including those with a wide range of behavioral presentations
  • Effective communicator with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Able to work independently as well as with a group
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Exceptional time-management skills
  • Ability to resolve issues in a timely manner and ensure smooth data collection
  • A commitment to supporting a welcoming, affirming and inclusive climate
For postdoctoral associates:
  • Doctoral degree must be awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining
For senior research associate:
  • Doctoral degree with some prior postdoctoral experience. Exception may be granted for individuals with lesser degree and substantial related experience.
For research scientist:
  • Doctoral degree and significant experience.
  • Experience serving as a principal investigator in a research environment and demonstrated leadership in developing and executing research programs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience conducting and writing up comprehensive autism assessments (e.g., ADI-R,
ADOS-2), cognitive and academic testing (e.g., WAIS; WISC), and diagnostic interviews (e.g.,
  • Experience providing verbal feedback of testing results to families
  • Experience with conducting research and potential for excellence in research as demonstrated through academic study or experience.
  • Experience working in a rural community, with a variety of service providers and/or in a
primary or secondary school setting.
  • Experience with Microsoft software, SPSS, REDCap, and other software

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with position and experience

Review Date

April 15, 2024

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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