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Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jun 11, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Teacher Education
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Postdoctoral Fellow

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Open Date: Mar 22, 2024

Job Overview

The University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellow within the Education Policy Division of the University of Pennsylvania's. The start date for the position is planned for Summer 2024, with some flexibility. The successful candidate will work closely with Professor Sade Bonilla on research initiatives studying teacher labor markets and leadership. This opportunity involves collaborative engagement with the School District of Philadelphia (SDP). Furthermore, the postdoctoral fellow will be positioned to lend their quasi-experimental expertise to the evaluation of other SDP initiatives. Penn GSE provides postdoctoral fellow with access to a wide variety of enrichment opportunities, including numerous seminar series, professional development (e.g., grant writing), and generous support for participating in conferences.

Key Functions and Expected Performances:

The successful candidate will work collaboratively with Professor Sade Bonilla to advance a robust scholarly agenda. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Collaboration with Professor Bonilla and fellow members of the research and project team to document administrative data with attention to detail.

  • Conduct rigorous quasi-experimental data analysis following standards of practice.

  • Offer guidance and mentorship to undergraduate and graduate student research assistants.

  • Craft reports to funders documenting project progress and outcomes.

  • Engage in manuscript writing to disseminate research findings in academic journals.

  • Communicate effectively with research partners to ensure productive collaboration; and deliver presentations to research partners, practitioners, and audiences at research conferences.

    The University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to diversity. Penn GSE seeks candidates who, through their research, teaching, and service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. The Division of Education Policy strongly encourage applications from individuals who identify as members of groups who are underrepresented in academia.


    An earned doctoral degree in economics of education, education policy, economics, public policy/administration, or a related field before the start date. Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills are essential. Also highly valued are personal initiative, strong writing skills, and effective collaboration experience. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working with Local or State Education Agencies, experience working with large administrative data sets, and expertise in quasi-experimental designs.

    Application Instructions
    Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

    Applications should be sent through Interfolio using the link below and include: (1) Cover letter; (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) job market paper; and (4) Contact information for three references.

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    The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

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