Employment Opportunities


The Population Research Center (PRC) at The University of Texas at Austin will have one opening for an NICHD-funded postdoctoral position starting September 1, 2017.  The 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. Most of the research at the PRC 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 faculty research associates.  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 must be citizens, or Permanent Residents, of the United States at the time of appointment. We strongly encourage potential applicants to contact faculty research associates to identify shared interests and to determine if one or more faculty research associates can serve as mentors to the fellow. Screening of applications will begin on October 31st and will continue until the position is filled.

Interested applicants should send the following materials to training@prc.utexas.edu: (1) a letter of interest that includes information about research interests and plans, at least one anticipated postdoctoral PRC faculty mentor, and future employment goals; (2) a CV; and (3) 2 to 3 examples of written (preferably peer-reviewed) work.  Three letters of recommendation are required. Letter writers should send their letters directly to training@prc.utexas.edu.  All documents must be submitted electronically.

For more information about the PRC research activities and faculty see our website: http://liberalarts.utexas.edu/prc/

For more information about this position, contact Dr. Elizabeth Gershoff, PRC Associate Director of Faculty Development: liz.gershoff@austin.utexas.edu, or the Training Program Coordinator: training@prc.utexas.edu

The University of Texas is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Funding for this position comes from the grant, 5 T32 HD007081, Training Program in Population Studies, awarded to the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

NICHD-FUNDED POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR POSITION: Texas Twin Project, Department of Psychology and Population Research Center

A Postdoctoral Research position is available at the University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of Dr. Elliot Tucker-Drob and Dr. Paige Harden. The candidate will primarily work on the Texas Twin Project, which is currently funded by a 5-year R01 grant from NICHD. The Texas Twin Project is a multi-disciplinary study of an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse sample of child and adolescent twins, with a specific focus on understanding how biological stress influences the development of executive functioning, cognitive abilities, and academic achievement. In addition to analyzing psychological data in twins, the fellow will develop expertise in the collection and analysis of hormonal biomarkers (e.g., hair, saliva samples), and will have the opportunity to learn and integrate sociological methods (e.g., analysis of U.S. Census data). Additional research for the Texas Twin Project examines personality, psychopathology, and risk-taking. The successful candidate will, therefore, have the opportunity to analyze a rich and unique dataset and to publish high impact articles in the areas of cognitive development, developmental psychopathology, personality development, and behavioral genetics.

In addition to having completed a doctoral degree in a relevant subject, qualified applicants will have a strong quantitative background and expertise in one or more of the following areas: (i) behavioral genetics, (ii) molecular genetics, (iii) neuroendocrine research, (iv) differential psychology, and/or (v) quantitative methods.

The position is available January 2017 (earlier and later start dates are negotiable) and includes benefits.  The position is for 2 years with the option for renewal. Please contact Elliot Tucker-Drob (tuckerdrob@utexas.edu or Paige Harden (harden@utexas.edu) for further information.


POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR: SOGI-Focused School Policies and Student Wellbeing

The Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin seeks a postdoctoral researcher to assist with ongoing study of school policies focused on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) and student wellbeing, including implementation of study design; identification, management and analysis of relevant project data; preparation of written reports; and publications for lay audiences and academic articles. The project is led by Dr. Stephen Russell. Information about Dr. Russell and this and other ongoing projects is available at: http://sites.utexas.edu/sogi/.

The postdoctoral researcher will provide guidance for graduate and undergraduate research assistants affiliated with project, and will participate with project partners (PI, Program Coordinators, research assistants, funders, and community partners) to develop and implement dissemination materials for funders, lay and academic audiences.

Importantly, a doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Sciences, sociology, education, psychology, demography or related field is required, as is knowledge of adolescent sexual orientation, gender, health, sexual education, school discipline and safety, and/or education inequalities. Outstanding secondary data management and analysis skills are essential. The postdoctoral researcher will manage, combine, and analyze multiple large administrative and survey data sources that include (a) repeated cross-section designs and (b) multiple levels of analysis (students, teachers, schools, and school districts).

Start date is September 15, 2016 (or within 6 months). Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, 2 writing samples, and names of 3 references here: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/160815010712.

For additional information, contact Stephen Russell (stephen.russell@utexas.edu) or Quinlyn Morrow (qmorrow@utexas.edu). 

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