NRTC Employment Opportunities

Postdoctoral Associate 

The National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi State University is seeking a recent Ph.D. graduate to join our team. 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. We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate to help us accomplish our mission.   

The Postdoctoral Associate will assist senior research staff with conducting federally-funded research studies associated with employment for individuals who are blind or have low vision. The Postdoctoral Associate will receive mentoring from senior research staff to develop research skills and prepare the person to lead future research projects. 

Minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling, Special Education, Psychology, Sociology, Educational Psychology, or a related field. Experience working with or conducting research related to people with disabilities, particularly those who are blind or have low vision, is strongly preferred. Experience working with large national datasets is also preferred. 

For more information about the position and to learn how to apply, visit MSU’s job website: https://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu, (job title – Postdoctoral Associate, job #504988). Contact Michele McDonnall with questions about the position (m.mcdonnall@msstate.edu).  


Research Scientist I-II-III or Senior 

The National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi State University is seeking an energetic person to join our team. 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. We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate to help us implement research projects and disseminate research results.   

The primary responsibilities of this position are to (1) plan, manage, implement, and promote applied research projects related to the employment of people who are blind or have low vision, (2) disseminate research findings via authoring peer-reviewed manuscripts and presenting at national conferences, and (3) participate in the preparation and writing of grant/contract applications and reports. 

Minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling, Special Education, Psychology, Sociology, Educational Psychology, or a related field. The level of the position (I, II, III, or Senior) will determine the amount of related experience required. Experience working with or conducting research about people with disabilities, particularly those who are blind or have low vision, is strongly preferred. Experience managing and analyzing large national datasets is also preferred. 

For more information about the position and to learn how to apply, visit MSU’s jobs website: https://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu, (job title – Research Scientist I-II-III, or Senior, job #505002). Contact Michele McDonnall with questions about the position (m.mcdonnall@msstate.edu). 


Communications Specialist

The Communications Specialist will assist the NRTC’s Communication Coordinator in managing the communication and marketing activities of the NRTC. This includes sharing information about the NRTC’s federally-funded research results, training and outreach activities, and products to a national audience primarily via social media, websites, and listservs. The specialist will work with the coordinator to maintain the NRTC’s online presence through four websites and assist with other communication activities such as social media and graphic design. This is a part-time, 12-month position with a 50% full-time equivalency. There may be an opportunity to increase the FTE of this position in the future.

For more information about the position and to learn how to apply, visit MSU's job website: https://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/en-us/job/505094/communications-specialist (job title - Communications Specialist, job #505094.