American Sociological Association

Section on Sociology of Population

Jobs 2013-2014 [Archived]


2014 02 - Employment Opportunity at Penn State

The Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, College of Agricultural Sciences, seeks applicants with expertise in spatial data methods to fill a tenure track appointment at the advanced Assistant or Associate Professor level. The position is co-funded with Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) and Population Research Institute (PRI). This is a 9-month, full-time appointment with half-time administrative responsibilities as Director of Penn State’s Geographic Information Analysis (GIA) Core, and half-time research, teaching, and service responsibilities in Rural Sociology. The formal appointment will be 20% service/administration, 65% research, and 15% teaching.  Supplemental salary will be made available to support administrative responsibilities during the summer months. As Assistant/Associate Professor of Rural Sociology, the incumbent would be expected to pursue a nationally recognized and externally funded research program that draws on expertise in spatial data gathering, management, analysis, and modeling to explore social scientific problems, teach one course per year, and advise graduate and undergraduate students. While research foci are open, preferred candidates will contribute to one or more of the signature themes of the Rural Sociology program – agriculture and food systems; natural resources and environment; community and international development; rural social demography. Specific course offerings are negotiable but will ideally draw on the incumbent’s substantive interests and methodological expertise to fill needs within the Rural Sociology and Demography graduate programs, and the Community, Environment and Development undergraduate program. As Director of the GIA Core, the incumbent would be expected to provide administrative and scientific oversight of Core activities, to assist in the Core’s research activities when necessary, and to help build the intellectual capacity in GIS and spatial methods in the social sciences at Penn State. Activities will include, but not be limited to, increasing the disciplinary breadth of Core activities by networking with relevant units on campus; leading and contributing to the development of research grant proposals that incorporate geospatial data and spatial methods in addressing complex social problems; leading and contributing to research papers and publications; and developing new methods and/or instructional resources for advanced spatial analysis.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in rural sociology, sociology, demography, or related field.

SALARY: Competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience. An attractive benefits and start-up package is available.

APPLICATION: Applicants will need to submit a letter of application, c.v., names and contact information for three professional references, a sample of professional writing, and evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available), to:

Prof Leif Jensen, Chair

Search Advisory Committee

Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

The Pennsylvania State University

106 Armsby Building

University Park, PA  16802

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. For information on the department and its programs, see:  Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

2014-02 - 2014 02 - Job Opening at Penn State

Social Science Data Curation Fellow:

2013-12 - Postdoctoral Position at The University of Texas at Austin

1.) The Population Research Center (PRC) at The University of Texas at Austin will have one opening for NICHD-funded postdoctoral position starting September 1, 2014. This position is for one year, but is potentially renewable for a second year. The PRC is an interdisciplinary research and training unit of The University of Texas at Austin (UT) that provides infrastructure support services and project development support for a very productive, interdisciplinary group of faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students at UT. Most of the research is concentrated in four overlapping and reinforcing thematic areas: Health disparities, Educational Inequality & Opportunity, Partnership, Parenting, & Human Development, and Work and Stratification.

As part of a research unit with a strong culture of collaboration, postdocs are expected to spend about half of their time working independently and about half of their time working together with research associates. We strongly encourage potential applicants to contact research associates to discuss collective interests prior to submitting an application. In addition, postdocs are expected to regularly attend the weekly PRC brownbag, present at least once at the brownbag during their period of support, and submit research for presentation at the Population Association (PAA) meetings. Postdoctoral fellows must have a Ph.D. in sociology, demography, public health, family studies or a related social science discipline and be citizens, or Permanent Residents, of the United States at the time of appointment. Screening of applications will begin on January 27 and will continue until the position is filled.

Send letter of interest with information about research interests and plans, anticipated postdoctoral PRC faculty mentor, and future employment goals; CV; and examples of written work to Three letters of recommendation are required. Letter writers should send their letters directly to All documents must be submitted electronically.

For more information about the PRC research activities and faculty see our website: . For more information about this position, contact Dr. Gershoff, NICHD Postdoc Training Director:

Additional contact, NICHD Program Coordinator:

2013-12 - The University Of Texas At El Paso Quantitative Methodologist

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  The University of Texas at El Paso is seeking a social scientist as a strategic hire in the area of quantitative methodology at the rank of Associate Professor (higher rank considered). A scholar capable of catalyzing funded collaborative research on campus is desired. Potential substantive research areas could include health and well-being, environment, social networks, borders, migration, Latinas/os, work/poverty/economic development, human security, and human rights. Quantitative methods of particular interest are (a) demography, (b) network analysis, (c) multilevel or hierarchical linear modeling, (d) structural equation modeling, (e) event history or longitudinal analysis, and/or (f) systems dynamic modeling. The candidate must have demonstrated success in publication and external funding and will be appointed in the appropriate academic department. Responsibilities also include teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

ABOUT UTEP & EL PASO:  The University of Texas at El Paso is an emerging national research university at the heart of the U.S.-Mexico border region committed to the ideals of access and excellence. UTEP ’s nearly $80 million in research spending a year ranks the University among the top 200 universities in the nation, and its more than $40 million in federal research spending ranks fourth among all Texas public universities. In 2013, UTEP was ranked #7 in the nation by the Washington Monthly in its annual “College Guide and Rankings.”  UTEP enrolls more than 23,000 students – about 78 percent of them Hispanic – and is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a student body that is a majority Mexican-American.  UTEP offers 71 bachelor’s, 75 master’s, and 20 doctoral programs – with more in development. For more information about UTEP, please visit our website:  

El Paso County is a highly livable, bi-cultural community of 800,000 people that offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods; El Paso is the safest large city in the United States. Shielded by mountains on three sides it enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine annually and a dry climate, making it possible to engage in outdoor activities year-round. It adjoins both the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico, making it one of the largest international communities in the world.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have an earned doctorate in Social Sciences with demonstrated success in research (publication and funding), and experience teaching and mentoring students.  The successful candidate must be able to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

APPOINTMENT DATE AND SALARY:  Anticipated appointment date is fall 2014.  Salary will be competitive for rank and commensurate with experience.  The position comes with an attractive start-up package and excellent fringe benefits.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Only electronic submissions will be accepted, sent to Please submit as separate documents (1) a letter of application, (2) curriculum vita with full and accurate citation of publications and funded research projects, (3) complete contact information for three references, and (4) one sample of scholarly work.

FOR QUESTIONS OR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Sara Grineski, Associate Professor of Sociology and Search Committee Chair, at

2013-11 - Minnesota Population Center – Graduate Student Training Program

In fall 2014, MPC will launch a new Graduate Training Program in Population Studies. Students admitted to a variety of University of Minnesota PhD programs can apply for a three-year fully-funded traineeship, which includes formal training in the theory, methods, and substance of interdisciplinary population research. MPC Trainees will gain hands-on experience as part of substantive and data infrastructure research projects in a vibrant and growing interdisciplinary population center. For more information, please go to or contact Training Director Rob Warren at

2013-11 - Minnesota Population Center - Jobs

The Minnesota Population Center has multiple job openings, including Research Fellows/Research Associates to work on the Terra Populus and Historical Census projects. To obtain more information and download position announcements, please visit our website at

2013-11 - Penn State PRI – Postdoctoral Fellowship in Family Demography

The Population Research Institute (PRI) at The Pennsylvania State University anticipates an opening for a postdoctoral fellow in the NICHD-supported Family Demography and Individual Development training program, starting on or about August 15, 2014. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in demography, sociology, family studies, or a related social science discipline by the starting date. A strong background in quantitative analysis of social science data is desirable. The training program is oriented toward a postdoctoral research apprenticeship in two areas: family demography, and life course development processes and outcomes. We seek trainees with either 1) training in demography who wish to broaden their disciplinary base by acquiring substantive expertise in individual development throughout the life course, or 2) a disciplinary background in individual development who seek to acquire the perspective, tools and techniques of demography. The interface of family demography and individual development science is an area of particular strength among Population Research Institute faculty associates. A postdoctoral fellow devotes most of his/her time to research collaborations with faculty mentors and independent research and research grant proposal writing, but may also audit selected courses to broaden disciplinary expertise. Fellowships are for one year, with possibility for a second year. The successful candidate must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Screening of applications will begin on January 15, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Email letter of application along with 1) a three-four page statement describing a) research interests and career plan, b) planned research during the postdoctoral period, c) proposed postdoctoral faculty mentor(s) at Penn State, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) examples of written work, and 4) three separately sent letters of recommendation to: Angela Jordan ( Penn State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. For more information about the Population Research Institute research and training programs see: or contact Dr. Valarie King (, Training Program Director.

2013-11 - Yale Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE) seeks applications for a postdoctoral fellowship for one or two years, to start in Fall 2014. CIQLE is one of four research centers in the Department of Sociology at Yale University. The center hosts a weekly seminar, thematic conferences, and regular methods workshops.  It also hosts senior and junior visiting scholars from the US and overseas. The core Sociology faculty fellows of the Center are Richard Breen, Lloyd Grieger, Vida Maralani, Andrew Papachristos, and Christopher Wildeman. Their research covers topics such as inequality, intergenerational mobility, gender inequalities, education, health inequality, incarceration, crime, and poverty and social welfare policy.  CIQLE members undertake international and comparative research as well as research focusing on the US. Applicants should be interested in quantitative empirical research on social inequality and expect to use 50% of their time for research collaboration with CIQLE faculty. Current stipends are approximately $39,264 per year plus benefits. Applicants should have completed their Ph.D. by the beginning of the appointment but not earlier than 2010. Please send a cover letter, curriculum vita, a 2 to 5 page description of your postdoctoral research plans, and a writing sample electronically to, and arrange for two confidential letters of reference to be sent to the same address. The deadline for applications is Dec. 31, 2013. For more information, see or contact Yale is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and values diversity among its faculty, students and staff, and strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities

2013-11 - Research Scientist/Research Associate at The Population Research Institute, Penn State

The Population Research Institute (PRI) and the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) at the Pennsylvania State University are seeking to hire a Research Scientist/Research Associate with expertise in the areas of GIS and spatial analysis. The person who holds this position is expected to help build the intellectual capacity in GIS and spatial methods in the social sciences at Penn State. This will include, but not be limited to, leading and contributing to the development of proposals that incorporate geospatial data and spatial methods in addressing complex social problems; leading and contributing to research papers and publications; and developing new methods and/or instructional resources for advanced spatial analysis. The individual will have opportunities to work on their own research as well as partner with existing research teams at Penn State.  As the research scientist will meet with faculty in many disciplines and encounter diverse types of data and methods, the applicant should have a PhD in a relevant field (sociology, geography, economics, etc.), and possess a broad array of skills in research methods with an emphasis on spatial statistics and GIS applications in the health and social sciences; experience in the area of network data and analysis would also be a plus. Interaction with faculty will also require excellent management, organizational, and oral & written communication skills. Experience and high levels of familiarity with a diverse set of health and social science data sets is preferred. This is a fixed-term renewable appointment based at the University Park campus. Full Penn State benefits are included. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.  Applicants should email curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and names of three referees to Sherry Yocum, Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

2013-11 - Public Health, Associate/Full Professor, Tenured, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, NYU Global Institute of Public Health

NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health is seeking applications for a joint hire with the NYU Global Institute of Public Health (GIPH) at the rank of tenured Associate/Full Professor in Public Health.  The preferred start date for the appointment is September 1, 2014. Public Health faculty in the Department focus on social and behavioral determinants of population health over the life course with an emphasis on vulnerable populations and disparities at the local, national, and global levels.  Current faculty are expert in a variety of fields including infectious and chronic disease epidemiology, health policy, medicine, health services research, sociology, nutrition, and international health. The NYU Global Institute of Public Health (GIPH) draws from resources across NYU’s schools to deliver truly interdisciplinary public health education at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels.  The Institute also supports cutting-edge and collaborative public health research around the world.  The GIPH builds on the global reach of NYU’s unique Global Network University; draws strength from the entrepreneurial spirit of NYU’s many talented faculty and students; and serves as a conduit for groundbreaking research and education.

Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will be expected to take a leadership role in NYU’s expanding public health enterprise, serve as a focal point between Steinhardt and the GIPH; teach courses and advise students in NYU’s BS/BA, MPH, and doctoral public health programs; and collaborate with other NYU researchers to establish independent, externally-funded research.  Teaching and administrative responsibilities will be divided between Steinhardt and the GIPH.  The successful candidate will receive an academic year base salary and will have the option of course buyouts and/or supplementing summer salary with external funds. 

Qualifications:  Candidates should have a strong record of scholarly achievement, peer-reviewed publications, extramural funding, and teaching experience.  A doctoral degree in public health or other relevant social science or policy-related discipline is required.  Individuals with expertise in chronic disease epidemiology and/or public health nutrition are of particular interest, but other areas of focus will be considered.  Though not required, special emphasis will also be placed on work with a global focus, including research on immigration and health and work with a policy focus.

Applications:  Please apply online with a cover letter discussing qualifications, up to three representative publications, and a CV to the link below.  References will be requested at a later date.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. 

2013-11 - Center For Research on Race and Ethnicity In Society (Crres) Postdoctoral Fellowship Rsp

Indiana University, Bloomington is pleased to accept applications for two Postdoctoral Fellowships for scholars in a broad range of fields, including African American and African Diaspora Studies, American Studies (includes Native American Studies), Anthropology, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Postdoctoral fellows are an important component of the intellectual life of CRRES. The CRRES fellowship program aims to create a legacy of qualified scholars who will be positioned to address the broad issue of race and ethnicity in the United States using a multidisciplinary lens. These fellowships are designed to nurture the academic careers of scholars by allowing them the opportunity to pursue their research while gaining mentored experience as teachers, CRRES fellows, and members of the faculty in host departments. We are looking for self-motivated and highly-organized individuals who can work independently and as members of a team. Appropriate areas of specialization include U.S. coverage of: (1) immigration, immigrant politics, and/or immigrant experiences; (2) race, ethnicity, and religion; (3) health disparities, health policy, and health economics; (4) racial attitudes; (5) minorities and social movements; and (6) social inequality. We welcome cross-national research as long as there is a comparison with U.S. groups, with a substantial focus on the American experience.

Terms of Agreement: Fellows are expected to pursue research activities associated with their primary area(s) of work, as demonstrated by conference presentations (including CRRES) and published works. Fellows will also teach two courses in their home departments in each year of their residency; are expected to participate in CRRES activities; and take part in their home departments’ colloquia and/or seminars. The positions are available for two years beginning August 1, 2014 through May 31, 2016, at a 10-month starting salary of $51,500. Each postdoctoral fellow will also receive $3,000/yr. in research support and Indiana University health benefits. Fellows are allocated office space (with basic office supplies), a computer, and printer.

Application Process:  We invite applications from qualified candidates who are at the beginning of their academic careers, having received the Ph.D. in 2012 or 2013 but who do not hold tenure-track academic positions. Candidates who do not hold a Ph.D. but expect to by June 30, 2014 must supply a letter from the chair of their dissertation committee, confirming the proposed timeline for completion. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at: All applicants must file or deposit their dissertations no later than June 30, 2014. Candidates should be prepared to submit a cover letter, CV, personal statement (approximately 3000 words describing their dissertation project, work in progress, professional goals and plans for publication, and proposed major field[s] of teaching), and three letters of reference. If available, applicants may also submit materials demonstrating their aptitude as teachers. Incomplete dossiers will not be reviewed. Following review by the CRRES postdoctoral committee, strong applications will be circulated to relevant departments. Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to: Pamela Braboy Jackson, Search Committee Chair, Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society, Indiana University - Schuessler Institute for Social Research 209, 1022 E. Third Street, Bloomington, IN 47405 or Applications received by January 30, 2014 will receive full consideration. Information about the center can be found at:

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