Post-Doctoral Funding Opportunity

February 5, 2018

Call for Postdoc Position at The Ohio State University, Department of Sociology, Columbus, Ohio USA

Date Available:  Fall 2018

Application Deadline:  March 4, 2018

Application Listing Active:   Until March 4, 2018  

Company:         The Ohio State University

Department:      Dept. of Sociology

Region:    Mid-West

Title:     Postdoctoral Researcher

Job Position/Rank:        /Postdoctoral Researcher

Tenure/Tenure Track:    Not Tenure Track

Areas of Faculty Expertise:        Social Science Methodology

Salary Range:   $47,500-$50,000

Application Submission:    https://www.jobsatosu.com/postings/84369

The Department of Sociology, within the College of Arts and Sciences, seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher to join our team. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college and the academic heart of the university. The College hosts 81 majors. With 38 departments, 20+ world-class research centers, and more than 2,000 faculty and staff members, students have the unique opportunity to study with the best artists, scholars, and scientists in their field.  The College values diversity and offers a supportive, open, and inclusive community. 

This position is centered on the collaborative research project "Survey Data Recycling: New Analytic Framework, Integrated Database, and Tools for Cross-national Social, Behavioral and Economic Research."  The SDR Project is funded by the National Science Foundation to develop theory-informed ‘big data’ for the social sciences containing information from harmonized extent survey and non-survey sources, metadata for survey quality, and harmonization process metadata for comparative cross-national research (see https://dataharmonization.org/ and https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataverse/sdr).  SDR is a collaboration between the Dept. of Sociology and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, The Ohio State University, and the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences (IFiS PAN), Warsaw, Poland. 

We seek a postdoctoral researcher with a PhD in sociology, political science, psychology, economics, public policy or another social science with strong quantitative methodological training and interests.   The researcher will work with the three PIs (Craig Jenkins, Irina Tomescu-Dubrow and Kazimierz M. Slomczynski) and other members of the SDR team to develop research, publications and publicity for the project’s products.  

Specific duties will include:

·         advanced statistical analyses of the SDR database addressing both substantive and methodological research questions;

·         developing the methodology for measuring source survey quality and harmonization quality; coordinating with PIs and SDR Research Assistants;

·         participation the project’s international workshop (Year 2, Warsaw Poland); and

·         publishing in international peer-reviewed outlets; and disseminating research at scientific meetings and social media outreach (including the Harmonization Newsletter).

Position available beginning Fall 2018 for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year dependent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding.  In addition to salary, the position includes a $2,000 professional travel allowance. US citizens and non-US citizens may apply.

We offer an opportunity to work on a highly innovative international, interdisciplinary research project with considerable collaboration and joint publication.  If desired, limited teaching through guest lectures on suitable courses can be arranged. 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.

Qualifications:

Candidates must have completed a PhD in Sociology, Political Science or a related field required by fall 2018 and experience conducting, analyzing, writing up, and presenting research in Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Economics, Public Policy or another social science field with strong quantitative methodological training. Candidates should have experience with statistical methods for cross-national survey research, including multi-level modeling and structural equation modeling, fluency in Stata or R, interest and willingness to engage in interdisciplinary research and flexibility to work well independently and in an international team. 

Application Instructions:

Applications should be submitted via https://www.jobsatosu.com/postings/84369.   They should include: an interest letter describing the applicant’s own research interests and how they relate to the SDR project (max. 6000 characters); a CV including a list of publications and manuscripts under review; a scientific publication (either an article in peer-reviewed journal or a chapter in a monograph released by prestigious publishing house; if the publication is co-authored, the applicant should be the lead author); and a transcript showing that all requirements for the PhD have been completed or a letter from the adviser as to the schedule for completion. In addition, two letters of reference should be submitted to sociology@osu.edu by March 4, 2018.

Questions about this position should be directed to Craig Jenkins (jenkins.12@osu.edu), Irina Tomescu-Dubrow (tomescu.1@osu.edu), and Kazimierz M. Slomczynski (slomczynski.1@osu.edu).

Applications must be submitted by March 4, 2018.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. This is a benefits eligible position.