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 Funded by the United States Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).

The National Research & Training Center on Blindness & Low Vision recently received two large 5-year grants totaling more than $7.3 million in funding. As a result, we are hiring several new positions to help us complete the research, training, and technical assistance activities associated with these grants. Consider joining our team to help us accomplish our mission!

Web Communications Designer

The web communications designer will assist in designing and maintaining the online presence for the NRTC, providing technical management of all facets of two principal websites in order to fulfill our NIDILRR-funded grant requirements of disseminating research results and providing training and technical assistance to a national audience. This position will develop and implement overall policies and procedures for website structure, format, and usage, and promote participation in and use of websites. Responsibilities will include: coordinating and integrating information contributed to the website; establishing template formats and logical structures for web pages; ensuring that designs of websites and other online information delivery are fully accessible and usable by mobile devices; identifying opportunities to use digital-based communications to deliver brand messages in new or more effective ways; analyzing current web usage statistics; and providing technical support and ongoing development for existing web and mobile applications.

For additional information about the position, or to apply, please visit the MSU website: www.jobs.msstate.edu and search for Job Number 496471. Additionally, submit the materials to Michele McDonnall at mmcdonnall@colled.msstate.edu at the time of applying.

Assistant/Associate Research Professor

The National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi State University invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Research Professor position. The mission of the NRTC is to enhance employment and independent living outcomes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired through research, training, education, and dissemination. Responsibilities of this position include using social science research techniques to design, organize, conduct, analyze, and disseminate applied research about people who are blind or visually impaired. This individual may provide leadership on a newly funded research project and will assist with the implementation of other existing research projects. Minimum educational requirements are a Ph.D.

For additional information about the position, or to apply, please visit the MSU website: www.jobs.msstate.edu and search for Job Number 496128. You should apply through the MSU job site and also submit your application materials to Michele McDonnall at m.mcdonnall@msstate.edu.

Older Blind Specialist

The Older Blind Specialist will assist in the development and implementation of a comprehensive training and technical assistance program for agencies and individuals who provide services to persons who are aging with blindness and low vision. This program will include development and implementation of research-based training and technical assistance activities, distance education/training, development of web-based technical assistance content, program evaluation activities, providing technical assistance to program administrators, and providing training at workshops and conferences. The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Gerontology, Vision Rehabilitation Therapy/Rehabilitation Teaching, Orientation & Mobility, or a closely related field, and at least three years of experience working directly with senior adults with vision loss.

Please apply for the position at: www.jobs.msstate.edu, Job Number 492616 (job title – Research Associate II/III, Area of Specialization – Older Blind Specialist), and submit a letter of application, resume or curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for at least three references to NRTCjobs@colled.msstate.edu.