Washington D.C. Congressional

Policy Postdoctoral Scholar

Program Description

The Research-to-Policy Collaboration invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar interested in a career at the research-policy nexus supporting the translation of scientific evidence to policymakers. This exciting opportunity would support an embedded policy fellowship placement to train a Policy Associate who would be responsible for implementing an effective, replicable and non-partisan model for brokering researchers and policymakers—known as the Research-to-Policy Collaboration model.  

Job Responsibilities

  • Frequently meeting with legislative staff and be the about their policy goals, priorities and research needs 

  • Identify and recruit research-oriented professionals with subject matter expertise into RPC’s Raid Response network and coach them in policy engagement  

  • Act as relationship broker and build, lead, and maintain partnerships between researchers and policymakers via rapid response meetings to response legislative requests for research-based information 

  • Write, edit, and review evidence-based communication materials (fact sheets, policy briefs, op-eds, blog posts) tailored for non-academic and congressional audience 

  • Organize panels, roundtables, or congressional briefings for policymakers 

  • Outreach with partnering organizations or those engaged in relevant advocacy activities to coordinate our response to legislative requests 

  • Quasi-academic activities include thorough tracking and reporting activities, managing relevant data, and contributing to publications  

  • Grant writing and other development activities that support sustainability of the RPC 

  • Supervise and train interns and fellows  

Skills and Traits Needed by Applicants

Applied research experience with an enthusiasm and commitment to accelerating the translation of science to policy. 

  • Curiosity and a generalist attitude with interest in diverse social policy issues  

  • Experience in building and maintaining partnerships or collaborations 

  • Strong diplomatic communication and interpersonal skills.  

  • Solid writing skills tailored for non-academic audience  


  • Completion of all requirements for the Ph.D. at the time of appointment; applicants may have their degrees from any department, but degrees in human development, public policy, social work, prevention science, psychology, or public health will be particularly good fits for the program.  

  • Commuting distance to Washington, D.C. 

Supervision will be provided by RPC leaders Taylor Scott, Ph.D., the RPC Training Director and Assistant Research Professor at Penn State University, and Max Crowley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Pennsylvania State University.



Application Instructions  

Full consideration will be given to those applicants who send a complete application via email to rachel.storace@research2policy.org. A complete submission will consist of: 

  • Cover Letter 

  • Curriculum Vitae 

  • A Personal Statement describing research interests, qualifications, relevant experience, and commitment to advancing the use of research in public policy (1-3 Pages) 

  • Writing Sample (preferably samples of work directed toward non-academic audience; may include samples of creative/artistic work; 1-2 samples, 35-page cumulative max) 

  • Three Letters of Reference may be requested upon review of materials. 

General questions regarding the program may be addressed to: 

Taylor Scott, Research Assistant Professor 


Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center 

College of Health and Human Development 

314 Biobehavioral Health Building 

University Park, PA 16802