Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Texas at Austin

Job Description

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Job Posting Title:
Postdoctoral Researcher
Hiring Department:
Population Research Center
Position Open To:
All Applicants
Weekly Scheduled Hours:
FLSA Status:
Earliest Start Date:
Position Duration:
Expected to Continue Until Aug 31, 2025
Job Details:
General Notes
The Strong Communities Lab in the Department of Sociology and the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin has an opening for a 1-year, renewable, post-doctoral researcher beginning in August 2024.
The Strong Communities Lab investigates the role of nonprofit organizations and government programs in strengthening civic infrastructure in the United States. Ongoing Strong Communities projects include examining the role of nonprofits in confronting social problems such as violence against women or the opioid crisis in the United States; how nonprofits tackle issues of social, racial, and LGBTQ+ justice; and the impact of AmeriCorps Seniors funding on organizational sustainability; among other topics. Projects are mixed-method, use novel administrative data, and incorporate natural language processing.
The postdoctoral researcher will collaborate on multiple research projects related to nonprofits, civil society, and strong communities, and work under the supervision of Director Pamela Paxton. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, acquiring and cleaning data, linking databases, producing visualizations and statistical/computational analysis, and writing up and presenting results to both academic and policy audiences. The postdoctoral researcher will participate in lab management, including coordinating lab research, monitoring research progression and publication, and attending and contributing to lab meetings. The successful candidate will also play a role in mentoring graduate research assistants on the project. We offer professional development opportunities, including through the postdoctoral training program at the Population Research Center, and the postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to co-author publications with the PI and team and use lab data for future research.
This position is currently funded for at least 2 years from start date and may therefore be renewed after the first year based upon availability of funding, work performance, and progress toward research goals.
Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must have completed the PhD education requirement prior to the start of the position.
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Support the Strong Communities Lab by conducting high-quality research, helping manage the Lab, and mentoring graduate research assistants. The candidate will work closely with the Lab Director, Pamela Paxton, and will have the opportunity to co-author publications and use Lab data for future research.
  • Project research involving quantitative data tasks including data collection, extraction, coding, and analysis.
  • Publish manuscripts and articles based on analyses.
  • Oversee lab management and graduate research assistants.
  • Provide mentoring to graduate students interested in research field.
Required Qualifications
  • A completed PhD received no more than three years prior to the start date in sociology, nonprofit administration, political science, or related disciplines.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to work in a team environment, participate actively, and motivate others.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to work independently.
  • Experience managing and analyzing quantitative data using sophisticated statistical or computer programming techniques, proficiency in R or Stata, and ability to apply rigorous data analysis techniques to real-world problems.
Preferred Qualifications
Proficiency with natural language processing and computational social science is preferred. Previous experience with managing large datasets is preferred. A background in nonprofit scholarship.
Salary Range
$70,000 + depending on qualifications
Working Conditions
  • Typical Office/Lab Environment
Required Materials
  • Cover letter / letter of interest
  • CV that includes the names and contact information for 3 references
  • Research statement
  • Writing sample
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.
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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.
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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
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.
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