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Brandeis University

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University invites applications and nominations for the tenured, chaired Professorship in U.S. health policy.  The position seeks to carry on a tradition of excellence in health policy research and public engagement focused on healthcare economics and financing, payment policy, insurance, healthcare markets, the healthcare delivery system and regulatory policy.  The position will contribute to the public profile of the Heller School through teaching scholarship and participation in external policy-related initiatives focused on improving the cost effectiveness, quality and value of the US healthcare system. The individual would be expected to be an active participant in the activities of the Brandeis Health Industry Forum. The candidate will play a lead role in expanding the Heller School’s research portfolio through fundraising, developing new areas of research and helping to recruit highly qualified policy researchers to support the work. In particular, we are seeking candidates with a strong interest in applied research and generating knowledge to inform public policy at the state and federal level.  Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and letter of application.  All applications will be treated confidentially. To apply, click here.


Columbia University

Teachers College Columbia University is recruiting a developmental psychologist at the mid-career (associate or full professor) level to assume a full-time faculty position to begin Fall, 2018, in the Program in Developmental Psychology.  The ideal candidate studies children and youth in various contexts and examines how context and experience contribute to disparities in social, emotional and cognitive learning outcomes. Such a candidate would combine theoretically-framed research with design and evaluation of prevntion and enrichment programs. Ideally the populations studied include poor, minority, or immigrant children and youth.  Candidates should have substantial experience in teaching a range of courses at the masters and doctoral level in developmental theory and methodology across a wide age range. In addition to scholarly work, candidates will teach masters and doctoral level courses in social-cognitive development and in developmental research methods, as well as in their own areas of specialization. 

The program in Economics of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University (TC) seeks to hire an Associate (tenured or tenure-track) or Full Professor (tenured) with expertise in the Economics of Education. We are seeking a nationally-recognized scholar to join our engaging academic and professional environment, in a world-class university with outstanding faculty and students. While research focus is flexible, we are particularly interested in scholars whose work examines issues of economic, racial, and/or gender inequality in the context of education.

The Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University is accepting applications for the position of Systems Administrator to support and assist the center in data management tasks and the development of IT policies and procedures. CCRC is the leading independent authority on two-year colleges in the United States. We conduct research on issues affecting community colleges and work with colleges and states to improve student success and institutional performance. This position is a full-time role and is based in New York City.

We currently have 20 ongoing projects using state administrative and national data stored on Linux-based servers. The ideal candidate will work with project leaders to draft and enforce data agreement in the acquisition, usage, storage, and eventual termination of the data. The candidate will also work with CCRC staff and partners to maintain servers and user accounts, as well as help store, clean, catalogue and document data. Apply through the Teachers College Human Resources website: Systems Administrator/Data Librarian.

Cornell University

Associate Professor of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University with research interests in population. The Department of Policy Analysis and Management (PAM) in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University invites nominations and applications for a faculty member at the Associate Professor level with research interests in population. This is a tenured position that includes 50% research and 50% teaching, advising, and service. Teaching and advising responsibilities include support of the department's undergraduate and graduate degree offerings in Policy Analysis and Management. There are opportunities for involvement in research and training programs in demography administered through the Cornell Population Center (CPC). Qualifications include a Ph.D. in economics, sociology, demography, public policy, or a related field and a scholarly and teaching record commensurate with tenure at the Associate Professor level. Please contact the Search Committee Chair, Kelly Musick (musick@cornell.edu), with any questions. We will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Georgia State University

The Education Policy Labs at Georgia State University in Atlanta are seeking a full‐time Research Director
to contribute to the scientific and intellectual leadership for the Metro Atlanta Policy Lab for Education.
There are two labs, the Metro Atlanta Policy Lab for Education, “MAPLE” (a partnership between
Georgia State and five Atlanta‐area school districts that collectively enroll 30 percent of the public
school students in Georgia) and the Career and Technical Education Policy Exchange, “CTEx” (a
collaboration of researchers studying career and technical education using student level data databases
from three state partners – Arkansas, Michigan and Tennessee).  The Research Director will help to manage research and project staff, provide scientific direction and ensure the quality of all work. The Research Director would also be expected to direct a portfolio of applied research projects in association with faculty members and research teams that will analyze existing policies, and design the piloting and roll‐out of new policy initiatives.  Applicants must have a Ph.D. by fall 2018 in public policy, economics, education policy or a related field with at least two years of policy and research experience, or an equivalent combination of education and related experience. Preference will be given to those with proven experience working with interdisciplinary research teams and with local and state education agencies.

In the third year of its Next Generation Program, Georgia State University identified interpersonal violence as an interdisciplinary area in which it seeks to become an internationally recognized resource and authority. As a result of this Interpersonal Violence Initiative, the Center for Research on Interpersonal Violence will recruit three faculty at the Advanced Assistant or early Associate Professor level who are distinguished by their transdisciplinary focus and ability to study interpersonal violence and intersecting health problems. Please click here to view the job advertisement.

As a result of this initiative, GSU intends for the Center for Research on Interpersonal Violence to become an internationally recognized leader of transdisciplinary scholarship on interpersonal violence that aims to (1) understand the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence, (2) emphasize the development, refinement, and evaluation of interventions to reduce or prevent the perpetration of interpersonal violence and address the impact of victimization, and (3) inform public policy.



MDRC is seeking a Research Analyst to join its Center for Applied Behavioral Science (CABS) to conduct program evaluation and technical assistance activities. MDRC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization dedicated to learning what works to improve programs and policies that affect low-income populations. CABS combines MDRC’s policy and evaluation expertise with insights from behavioral science. Since launching the first major project to apply a behavioral research lens to human services programs that serve low-income families in the United States, CABS has expanded and developed numerous projects in child support, child welfare, welfare-to-work, K-12 education, higher education, and workforce development.

MDRC is seeking a Resource Manager to join our Youth Development, Criminal Justice, and Employment policy area. As a Resource Manager, you will have the unusual opportunity to work as part of multidisciplinary teams on management and research in a dynamic and challenging environment.

MDRC is seeking a Benefit-Cost Research Associate with training in economics, public policy, public finance, or similar fields to design and lead benefit-cost and cost-effectiveness studies across several policy areas. The Benefit-Cost Research Associate will join interdisciplinary project teams that include specialists in program design and operations, qualitative research methods, and quantitative analysis. The successful candidate will take primary responsibility for developing and broadening the approaches and methodologies used to answer key questions regarding the benefits and costs attributable to programs and policies being evaluated by MDRCs leading researchers.


Pepperdine University

The School of Public Policy of Pepperdine University invites qualified candidates with a strong research
background in the quantitative aspects of public policy analysis to apply for the James Q. Wilson
Visiting Professor of Public Policy position for the academic year 2018-2019. This position may be
renewed for a second year (2019-2020) upon mutual agreement. To be seriously considered, applicants
will demonstrate in their very first correspondence that they are familiar with the mission of Pepperdine
University and the unique approach of the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, with its interdisciplinary
emphasis on the moral and historic underpinnings of free institutions and its recognition of the key role
of the “public” in solving policy challenges.


Syracuse University

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is recruiting a full-time teaching professor to teach courses in the Executive Master of Public Administration program online.  The position is non-tenure track and faculty will serve under a three-to-five year renewable contract.  The faculty will be a regular part of the faculty body of the Department of Public Administration and Public Affairs within the Maxwell School on the Syracuse University campus, and he or she will have on campus office allowing close interactions with other departmental faculty.  Priority curricular needs include courses in Public Administration, Policy Analysis, Policy Implementation, Public Budgeting and Collaborative Governance, among others.  Strong candidates will have capacity in two or more of these areas.  A doctoral degree (PhD) or appropriate terminal professional degree is required, as well as sufficient scholarly or professional experience closely related to the courses the candidate is expected to teach.  Demonstrated excellence in teaching, or evidence of the potential for excellence in teaching, is also required for an appointment as a teaching professor.  For more information or to apply, visit the following URL: https://www.sujobopps.com/postings/74136. AA/EOE


University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time faculty member at the Associate or Full Professor level with interests in demography and population studies who can actively and innovatively advance the missions of the University, the Minnesota Population Center (MPC), and its affiliated colleges and academic units.

Housed in the University of Minnesota's Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation (ISRDI), the MPC is a hub for interdisciplinary population research. Its members include more than 100 faculty, research staff, and student affiliates from two dozen academic units across ten colleges in the University. Established in 2000 and funded by the National Institutes of Health, MPC cultivates innovative population research by providing a stimulating environment for interdisciplinary exchange, a vibrant and growing population training program, and generous research support services designed to develop and nurture promising areas of new population research.


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, along with its Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and Gillings School of Global Public Health, seek an innovative and entrepreneurial leader to serve as the next Director of the UNC Water Institute. The Water Institute has a global mission to develop public health solutions and is world renowned for its research, collaborative projects and signature event, the annual Water and Health Conference .

The successful candidate will possess a doctoral degree in a water-related field and experience in both research and practice. The candidate could have experience in either the academic or non-academic sectors, but will have a record of achievement consistent with appointment at the Full or Associate Professor level. Preference will be given to candidates whose work has had a significant impact on policy, programmatic and professional practice. Applicants with expertise in areas related to water, sanitation, and hygiene, climate change and resilience, water quality, next-generation water technologies, water resources, and microbiology, among others, will receive full consideration.

Review of applications will begin June 1, 2018 with the expectation that the new Director will be in place by Spring 2019.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, and qualified women and members of underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or status as a protected veteran.

University of Notre Dame

The Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) is a research center dedicated to reducing poverty and improving lives in the United States through evidence-based programs and policies. Founded as a research center in the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame just five years ago, LEO has quickly risen to prominence as a leader in evidence-based interventions against poverty.

In the next five years, we plan to grow significantly: doubling our project portfolio, opening a second office in a major metropolitan area, and continuing to strengthen LEO’s reputation as the gold standard of research in this area. We are looking for an Executive Director who will help lead the organization through this significant expansion.


University of Washington

The University of Washington College of Education seeks to fill a position for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the areas of Educational Politics, Governance, and Finance with a focus on educational equity and learning across P-12 settings. Strong candidates would have active research agendas in policy, organizations, and/or leadership, addressing such topics as the politics of education/governance and state and federal policy, especially regarding education finance. A successful candidate will bring an explicit equity lens to such matters and a demonstrated commitment to examining and contributing to new political, organizational, or resource arrangements that foster equitable educational opportunities and outcomes especially for students traditionally underserved by public school systems. The committee will begin reviewing applications on November 15, 2017.


University of Wisconsin

In the context of UW-Madison's longstanding reputation in scholarly and policy-relevant population health activities, the Department of Population Health Sciences is seeking outstanding candidates for a tenured or tenure-track position in the areas of healthcare systems and population health management. The ideal candidate will have research, teaching, and policy interests in healthcare systems, value-based healthcare delivery, population health management, health outcomes/comparative effectiveness, decision science, or related topics.

The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but, also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.


W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

The Upjohn Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization devoted to finding and promoting solutions to unemployment and related challenges. Since its founding in 1932, the Institute has developed into one of the world’s leading independent labor research organizations, seeking to understand the causes of unemployment and develop strategies and solutions to alleviate its effects. 

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President serves as chief executive officer of the Institute. The President is charged with ensuring an excellent research program and enhancing the visibility and impact of the Institute with policymakers, practitioners, the academic community, quality media, and the public. S/he will lead the continued visioning, strategy, and implementation for the next phase of the Institute’s development. To achieve this end, the next President will nurture and develop relationships with foundation partners, research and policy institutes, and colleges and universities to leverage the Institute’s commitment to providing impactful, high-quality research, policy insights, and experimentation.


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