Junior Level Sociologist

California, United States
Competitive Salary
Aug 06, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
RAND is looking for junior sociologists to work across a number of policy-relevant topics that fit into our primary research areas: social and economic wellbeing; health care; education and labor; military and national defense; and homeland security.   


We are interested in strong applicants in policy-relevant research areas; this year, we are particularly interested in applicants working on topics related to the Sociology/Demography of Aging and Social Stratification and Inequality. We will also consider applicants with substantive expertise, methodological skills, and interests in: criminology, population and demographic methods, health care and delivery systems issues, science and technology, military sociology, and homeland security and federal emergency management (e.g. community resilience; disaster preparedness and recovery).


Quantitative and qualitative methodological skill sets are sought, which could include expertise in one or more of the following: survey methodology, causal analysis, longitudinal analysis, demographic methods, machine learning/artificial intelligence and computation analytics, focus groups, interviewing, and observational methodologies. RAND is also interested in innovative methodological approaches to research.


Candidates will have opportunities to receive appointments and teach in the Pardee RAND Graduate School.




All research positions at RAND require excellent analytic skills; the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English, both orally and in writing; the ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team; and a strong commitment to RAND's core values of quality and objectivity.



Education Requirements

  • PhD in Sociology, Demography or related field.
  • Demonstrated research skills and a strong interest in empirical analyses related to public policy.



Applicants should be currently completing a Ph.D. or have 1 to 4 years of post-graduate experience in an academic or non-academic research setting.




RAND’s offices in Santa Monica, CA, Boston, MA, Arlington, VA or Pittsburgh, PA.



Writing Sample Required

Three letters of recommendation and a writing sample are required for this position.  Letters of recommendation can be emailed to socrecruiting@rand.org.


For technical questions related to the application materials, please contact socrecruiting@rand.org. For questions related to the position, please contact Esther Friedman at friedman@rand.org.  



Application deadline: September 30, 2020


Equal Opportunity Employer-minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity