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Postdoctoral Fellow: Policy Research Methods

Dartmouth College
New Hampshire, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Feb 6, 2023

The Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences (the “Center”) at Dartmouth College seeks to fill a postdoctoral fellow position in policy research methods. The Center serves as a catalyst for public policy research, teaching, and deliberation. Funded primarily by income from endowments, the Center is dedicated to providing an interdisciplinary non-partisan perspective on policy-related topics. Additionally, the Center fosters a commitment to the ideals of public service and informed public debate exemplified by Nelson A. Rockefeller, former governor of New York State and Vice President of the United States. For more information on the Center, please visit our website: .

The postdoctoral fellow will work on empirical research and program evaluation projects on their own and in collaboration with faculty. We seek qualified candidates with a Ph.D. in the social sciences. Applicants with expertise in any topical specialty area are welcome. We are especially interested in applicants who have substantive interests in domestic public policy issues, especially those relating to health or social programs, taxation, law, regulation, or business. Qualified candidates should have developed interests in public policy as well as a strong background in survey methods and experience in conducting surveys, particularly with the Qualtrics software platform. In addition, advanced training in statistics and experimental methods is helpful as is the ability to work with large datasets using software programs such as Stata or R.

Fellows will be part of a social science scholarly community that includes: the Center; the Departments of Government, Economics, Sociology, History, Anthropology, and Geography; the Political Economy Project; the Dickey Center for International Understanding; the Leslie Humanities Center, the Wright Center for the Study of Computation and Just Communities, the Neukom Institute for Computational Science, the Irving Institute for Energy and Society, and the Ethics Institute. Postdoctoral fellows also have access to professional development opportunities through the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies (for more, see:

The Center, and Dartmouth as a whole, are highly committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive population of students, faculty, and staff. We are especially interested in applicants who are able to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds, including but not limited to: racial and ethnic minorities, women, individuals who identify with LGBTQ+ communities, individuals with disabilities, individuals from lower income backgrounds, and/or first-generation college students. The ability to engage in diverse discussions from multiple perspectives across the ideological spectrum and from opposing viewpoints is vital. Accordingly, applicants should state in their letter of application how their professional experiences and/or life experiences prepare them to advance Dartmouth’s commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This is a one-year position with possibility of renewal. Salary is expected to be at least $55,000 per year in addition to a benefits package, computer support, moving allowance, and funds to support research. Postdoctoral fellows teach one course per year in Dartmouth’s quarter system on a subject to be determined in consultation with Center directors. The anticipated starting date is July 1, 2023, subject to availability and negotiation.


Ph.D., or ABD with degree received by the start date, in a social science discipline (e.g., political science, economics, sociology, geography). Additional optional qualifications include publications in peer-reviewed academic journals and the ability to help formulate proposals for external grant funding.

Application Instructions

Please provide the following materials electronically via Interfolio:

  1. Letter of application
  2. Curriculum vitae, including names and contact information for three references
  3. Two writing samples

Review of applications will begin on March 7, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

For inquiries or questions, please send a message to:

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