Available Faculty and Postdoctoral Positions

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The Ohio State University Department of Sociology is actively hiring an assistant professor and a postdoctoral researcher. Information about each position can be found below. Full position details (PDF) and a link to the online application are available under the "Application Details & How to Apply" tabs for each position. 

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer.

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Assistant Professor of Sociology

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The Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor.  Area of specialization is open, although preference will be given to applicants whose research and teaching interests complement the department’s strengths in work and inequality, population and health, crime and community, political sociology, or race, class, and gender. We seek candidates who will maintain active programs of research, seek external funding, contribute to both graduate and undergraduate teaching, and provide service to the department and the profession.

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Required Qualifications: Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in sociology or a related field by the start of employment, and present evidence of excellence in teaching and research. Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

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To apply, please visit AcademicJobsOnline

A complete application consists of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, and three letters of reference. The cover letter should include a statement describing your record to date of research, teaching, and service activity related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as the ways you would hope to contribute to such activities in the future. Review of applications will begin on January 21, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to the search committee Chair, Dr. Mike Vuolo via email.


The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. The university is a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

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Postdoctoral Researcher

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The project works in four areas: (i) developing new statistical methods to classify deaths by cause using data from verbal autopsies, (ii) understanding measurement error inherent in verbal autopsy interviews, (iii) contributing to the creation and maintenance of global standards for verbal autopsy, and (iv) developing software to integrate automated cause of death classification methods into civil registration and vital statistics work flows in 10-20 developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. While making contributions in all three areas, the Postdoctoral Researcher’s primary responsibility will be developing and improving new statistical methods for the automated classification of deaths by cause using verbal autopsy data. The Postdoctoral Researcher will join a highly active team consisting of statisticians at the University of Washington and Yale University; the OSU-based team; and collaborators at the World Health Organization, the US CDC, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Vital Strategies (a Bloomberg grantee). The project is expected to publish methods development in statistical journals, substantive applications in health and medical journals, and to create and disseminate robust open source software to implement the methods. The Postdoctoral Researcher will be expected to lead work on publications aimed at leading statistical journals, to present that work at statistics conferences, and to create open source software implementing the results.

For examples see: goo.gl/ZMXZQf, goo.gl/5CQ5Zq, openva.net.

This is a two-year position. The initial term of appointment is one year, with reappointment to a second year conditional on performance and availability of funds. Inquiries about this position should be directed to Sam Clark.

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Required Qualifications: PhD in statistics, computer science, or related field with experience in statistical/computational methods development.

Desired Qualifications: Specific experience with classification algorithms, topic models, graphical models, and related topics; experience with software development and open source tools such as R, Python, Github, Java, C, etc. Interest in population and health research; experience with data management.

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To apply, please visit JobsAtOSU.