RUPRI and ICI Qualitative Postdoc Scholar

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Position Title

RUPRI and ICI Qualitative Postdoc Scholar

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Benefits and Community



Learned Professional Exemption



Length of Assignment

Fiscal Year - FT Contract

Position Function

Collaborate internally and outside the university via field work on an interdisciplinary, mixed-methods, multi-university research project on the role of community-level assets in the livelihood strategies of low-income rural households. Collect and analyze data from three case studies in Indiana, including: survey development and analysis, key informant interviews, community interviews, and focus groups.

Minimum Education

PhD in rural sociology, sociology, public policy, demography, applied economics, or a related field from an accredited institution earned by date of appointment.

Minimum Experience

Some experience conducting or participating in at least one major case study research project, including interviewing, focus groups, surveys, and/or participant observations.

Minimum Other

Mastery of qualitative methodology with a basic understanding of quantitative methodology. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Authorization to work in the US

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

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Pre-Employment Screening

Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

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Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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About Ball State University

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.


Indiana Communities:300150

Department Information

The salary for this position is $48,900.00.

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Duties & Responsibilities



Job Duty

Collaborate with the project Principal Investigator to conduct a comparative case-study in three Indiana communities (already selected) using qualitative methods, including: surveys, community interviews, focus groups, and key informant interviews in each case site.



Job Duty

Partner with the project Principal Investigator to conduct analysis of data from each site, including coding and development of themes, and disseminate information to project team.



Job Duty

Utilize early qualitative analysis to explore the potential for more quantitative analyses.



Job Duty

Author and co-author journal articles (sociological, applied economic, and/or related journals).



Job Duty

Develop and deliver presentations at national-level professional conferences (sociological, applied economic, and/or related fields).



Job Duty

Create reports and/or presentations for stakeholders in the case sites, granters, and/or to local, state, and/or federal policy makers.



Job Duty

Collaborate with the project team to make policy recommendations.



Job Duty

Perform other related duties as assigned.

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The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research Statement/Papers
  4. Writing Sample
  5. Letter of Recommendation 1
Optional Documents
  1. Doctorate Transcripts

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