Post-doctoral Scholar-Center for Policy Research
Commensurate with Experience
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The Center for Policy Research ( CPR ) in the Maxwell School of
Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University invites
applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship to begin in August 2021.
CPR supports academic research and program evaluation on a wide
range of social policy issues
The Postdoctoral Fellow will work primarily with Professor Colleen
Heflin on research related to the causes and consequences of food
insecurity, the landscape of food and nutrition assistance support
programs and policies, and other social programs that support the
ability of low-income households to cover basic needs. Applicants
should have experience working with common secondary data sources.
Preference will be given to applicants with experience working with
administrative data or restricted access data (available locally
through the Cornell Federal Statistical Research Data Center).
While 25% of the Postdoctoral Fellow’s time will be allocated to
their own research, it is expected that the successful applicant
will work closely with Dr. Heflin and other Center associates to
design and conduct community-based research studies and/or conduct
secondary analysis of data (particularly related to food insecurity
and/or food assistance programs and policies), co-author
peer-reviewed publications, publish research briefs, and present
research at conferences. This position will offer exceptional
opportunities for collaboration with CPR graduate students, staff,
and affiliated faculty, as well as faculty and graduate students
within the Maxwell X Lab ((https://www.maxwell.syr.edu/xlab/), the
Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
(http://lernercenter.syr.edu/), and the Aging Studies Institute
The initial term of this appointment is one year. Reappointment for
a second year is expected, subject to good performance. This
Postdoctoral Fellowship provides access to a broad range of
University and Maxwell School resources, and office space in CPR .
CPR is located in the heart of the Maxwell School at Syracuse
University and has a vibrant community of 30 faculty principally
from Economics, Public Administration, and Sociology.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Demography, Sociology, Economics,
Public Policy, or a related discipline at the start date. Residence
in Syracuse is expected during the period of the fellowship.
Primary consideration will be given to applications received by
March 15, 2021, but all applications will be considered until the
position is filled.
Job Specific Qualifications
a. Ph.D. in Demography, Sociology, Economics, Public Policy, or
related discipline at the start date.
b. Quantitative research skills: this position requires a strong
background in statistical/econometric methods used in public
affairs research, experience analyzing large datasets, and
proficiency in statistical software.
c. Strong writing skills.
d. Organization and communication skills, and a willingness to work
as part of a team of researchers.
Under the direction of the faculty mentor, collaborate on current
funded research, construct project datasets, and conduct
quantitative analyses of secondary data. With the supervision of a
faculty mentor, work on publishing from the dissertation and
developing new lines of inquiry. Develop new lines of inquiry
related to food insecurity and food policy. Coauthor peer-reviewed
publications and present research at conferences. There will be
other tasks assigned by faculty mentor.
In addition to completing an online application, required materials
1. Cover letter.
2. Curriculum vitae.
3. Two-page research statement.
4. Two representative papers. Peer-reviewed publications are
preferred. Dissertation chapters are also acceptable, as long as
they are under 20 pages.
5. Three letters of reference submitted to the SU online
application site by the letter writers.
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