Postdoctoral Research Associate

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 04, 2021
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Full Time

Postdoctoral Research Associate

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. On its Boston campus, the university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research.

About the Opportunity:
The Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) at Northeastern University, co-directed by Prof. Dan O'Brien, is seeking to add a post-doctoral researcher to the team to help lead and manage research projects at the intersection of urban science, modern digital data (i.e., administrative records, social media posts, sensor readings), and public policy and practice. A major area of interest will be the study of crime in communities, but work could also include projects on public health, housing, education, transportation, or local economics, especially regarding how these systems are impacted by and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Specific additional projects will be determined according to the skills and interests of the selected candidate.

Areas of activity will include, but will not be limited to: designing, conducting, proposing, and disseminating results from original research projects; planning, executing, and managing the ingestion, manipulation, documentation, and analysis of digital data from various sources, to be stored and published through BARI's Boston Data Portal; contributing to the development of grant proposals to support future research; coordinating with research partners, including university centers, faculty, public agencies, and private corporations; helping to manage and mentor graduate and undergraduate students working with BARI, particularly within the context of major projects. Appointment will be for one year beginning around August 15, 2021 with the possibility of extension, contingent on available funds.

Qualified applicants must have a PhD degree in sociology, criminology, geography, urban studies, planning, public policy, political science, environmental psychology, or a related field; others will be considered based on individual fit with BARI's research mission. Experience and comfort with interdiciplinarity strongly recommended. Must possess strong analytical skills and relevant modeling experience (e.g. mapping, statistics, systems dynamics, agent based modeling) as demonstrated by prior coursework, dissertation, and publication record. Fluency with R and geographical information software (GIS) required; experience with Python a plus. Strong communication and interpersonal skills recommended.

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Additional Information:
To apply, please include a cover letter, writing sample, and the names and contact information for three references.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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