Graduate Employment Resources

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Date Posted:  January 15, 2021
Application Deadline:  February 01, 2021

Duration and Starting Date: 10 Months, starting October 1st 2021
Position:  Post-doctoral Fellowships, University of Frankfurt “Justitia Center for Advanced Studies”

The Research Network “Justitia Center for Advanced Studies”, funded by the Alfons and Gertrud Kassel-Stiftung and directed by Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst at the University of Frankfurt, is seeking to appoint up to three post-doctoral fellows in political theory/political philosophy for the academic year 2021/2022. The Fellows will be hosted by Frankfurt University at its Institute for Advanced Studies in Bad Homburg (near Frankfurt) and will be part of the Frankfurt academic community, especially of the Normative Orders Research Network. Candidates should have completed a doctorate in political theory/political philosophy and should have proven potential to conduct and publish research at an international level. Candidates’ research should fall within the Center’s areas of focus, namely transnational justice and democracy.

Please send your application in English, in one PDF document (a 2-3 page research project, CV and two letters of reference (and no more than two)) to Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst. Please use the address: .

The reference letters may also be sent directly from the referees.

Closing date is February 1, 2021.

Date Posted:  November 11, 2020
Position:  University of California Postdoctoral Fellowship in Technology and International Security

The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Technology and International Security is part of a new collaborative initiative between the systemwide Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) and the UC-managed National Laboratories: the Center for Global Security Research at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the National Security and International Studies Office at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

As a part of the joint-initiative, we invite applications for up to six postdoctoral fellowship positions in Technology and International Security.

Applications can be found here.

The residential fellowship program will be based in Washington D.C. for a 12-month term in line with the 2021-22 academic year. Eligible applicants should expect to receive a Ph.D. degree by August 1, 2021.

If there are any questions, please contact: Marie Thiveos ( at the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.

Date Posted:  October 28, 2020
Application Deadline:  reviewing on a rolling basis

Position:  AmeRicans’ Conceptions of Health Equity Study Quantitative Research Assistance Position

The AmeRicans’ Conceptions of Health Equity Study (ARCHES), is seeking quantitative research assistance for roughly 10 hours/week from November through March. The research assistant will aid in analysis of a national survey of Americans’ views on health deservingness. Qualified social science doctoral students will be considered for the position. The work will be done remotely.

Tasks will include (1) assisting in the preparation of data for analysis and reporting (e.g., transforming, recoding, merging, restructuring of data), taking appropriate steps to ensure quality; and (2) conducting data analysis using statistical software such as Stata. If the assistant’s contributions extend beyond assigned data analysis tasks, co-authorship opportunities are available.

The successful candidate will assist with methodologically complex tasks that require knowledge of statistical methods, social science conventions, and survey experiments. The individual should have taken multiple graduate-level quantitative analysis courses, including work on experiments, and have previous experience of independently analyzing survey data. Experience with conjoint experiments preferred. Some preference for using Stata for analysis, but open to other programs.

Competitive hourly compensation commensurate with experience.

To Apply
Email a CV and a cover letter that speaks to (1) your interest in ARCHES and (2) your experience with the quantitative analysis responsibilities described above to Abby Fisher Williamson (, Dana Research Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Trinity College. We seek to fill this position as soon as possible and will examine applications on a rolling basis.

Date Posted:  October 21, 2020
Application Deadline:  December 21, 2021

Position:  Penn Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Immigration - one-year postdoctoral research fellowship

The Penn Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Immigration (CSERI) invites applications, starting October 12, 2020 for a one-year postdoctoral research fellowship in the social sciences (with a possible renewal for a second year).

CSERI is a center initiative supported by the University of Pennsylvania and the School of Arts and Sciences. In addition to this post-doctoral fellowship, CSERI hosts visiting scholars and graduate students, organizes workshops initiated by the Center’s Faculty Advisory Council and affiliates, and supports graduate and undergraduate student social science research at Penn.

The 2021-2022 CSERI Postdoctoral Research Fellow will help organize and participate in faculty/graduate student workshops, aid in the evaluation of the progress of graduate students and undergraduates receiving research grants, and collaborate with CSERI faculty affiliates on research projects.
However, the Fellow will largely have the opportunity to pursue their own research and participate more generally in the intellectual life of the Penn community. There are no mandatory teaching responsibilities, but the post-doc is expected to be in residence.

The stipend for the postdoctoral fellowship is $53,000 plus relevant fees and individual health insurance.  The position also provides $2,500 in research support, with the opportunity to apply for additional funding.

Our program values interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and collegiality; is committed to promoting a culturally diverse intellectual community; and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and underrepresented communities.

Applications are welcome from scholars who have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the social sciences in the last two years (not earlier than 2019), or who expect to complete their degree by July 2021.

Skills with statistical analysis, qualitative software, GIS, experimental and other approaches are desirable, but not necessary.

Please submit all required materials through Interfolio:

Documents to be uploaded:

  • Cover Letter
  • Title and Description of Proposed Research – No more than 1,500 words.
  • CV – Indicate experience with both qualitative and quantitative research, experience with qualitative and statistical research software (e.g. R, STATA, ATLAS/TI, Dedoose, etc.). List other fellowships, funding and scholarships received, and all publications.
  • Writing Sample – An article or an excerpt of a book or dissertations chapter (25-page limit).
  • Confidential Letters of Recommendation (two) – Referees should be asked both to comment on your proposed project and to discuss your qualifications and experience as a researcher.

To receive full consideration, applications and letters of recommendation should be received through Interfolio by December 21, 2020.

Review of applications will begin immediately after the submission deadline, and final notifications are expected to go out by February 26, 2021. The starting date for the Postdoctoral Research Fellow appointment is negotiable but should be effective no later than August 15, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact CSERI Director Michael Jones-Correa, Ph.D., at, or Anne Kalbach, CSERI Administrator, at