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Population Wellbeing Initiative Postdoctoral Scholar

Job Description

Job Posting Title:

Population Wellbeing Initiative Postdoctoral Scholar


Hiring Department:

Population Research Center


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:

Jul 01, 2023


Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Jun 30, 2024





Job Details:

General Notes

Seeking Postdoctoral Scholar for the opportunity to join the Population Wellbeing Initiative at UT-Austin. This position is funded for one year with possibility of renewal depending on funding availability and performance. Position expected start date is July 1st, 2023 but is flexible.

A successful applicant will have an interest in expanding their research portfolio into our program areas, in parallel with continuing their existing research agenda. Examples of compatible research areas that Scholars may choose to pursue during the fellowship include but are not limited to: the social and economic determinants of fertility; the macroeconomic consequences of long term population growth; long-term social discounting in public policy evaluation; the use of social welfare functions or population ethics in public economics and policy evaluation; long-term depopulation; social policy of care work and parenting; endogenous growth; social and economic policy in low-fertility populations.

What benefits do I receive with UT?  The university offers an impressive benefits package. For more details on benefits, please see: https://hr.utexas.edu/prospective/benefits and https://hr.utexas.edu/current/services/my-total-rewards .

This position is eligible for a hybrid Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA) (on-campus and remote work). FWA arrangements are subject to manager approval and may shift due to changes in business needs.  The remote location must have a reliable internet connection to support working remotely. UT policies on Flexible Work Arrangements are available at https://hr.utexas.edu/current/fwa .

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Seeking Postdoctoral Scholar for the opportunity to join the Population Wellbeing Initiative at UT-Austin - a network of researchers at the University of Texas at Austin who conduct foundational research in economics, demography, and evaluation for long-term social welfare. Scholars will be hosted by the UT-Austin Population Research Center and Economics Department.


100% of research effort will be self-directed but Scholars are expected to concentrate a portion of their intellectual energies and independent work on program-related research areas and to participate in program activities. Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct independent scholarly research 
  • Communicate regularly with program principals
  • Participate in program activities, including seminars and conferences

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in economics, population science, social demography, or a related field completed within the past 3 years.

Preferred Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate will pair this fellowship with a tenure-track position, either by deferring the start date for that position for one to two academic years, or by taking an early-career leave from their home institution. 

Salary Range

  • $100,000 - $115,000, depending on qualifications and market conditions

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV
  • Job market paper or other writing sample
  •  3 letters of reference with their contact information uploaded to this link .  Please share this link with your letter writers. The candidate will not be able to access these letters once they are submitted. (This system will not confirm receipt of letters with the applicant; check with your letter writers to confirm their submissions.)
  • Letter of interest

Working Conditions

  • Typical Office/Lab Environment

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.


Employment Eligibility:

Please make sure you meet all the required qualifications and you can perform all of the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

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  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
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The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the most recent report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe Street, UTA 2.206, Austin, Texas 78701.

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