Postdoctoral Research Associate | Princeton University

Princeton University - Sociology
April 29, 2024
Princeton, NJ
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The Department of Sociology ( at Princeton University is seeking a Postdoctoral or more senior Research Associate to collaborate on our Du Bois Science Visualization Empowerment Project funded by the National Science Foundation. The project will develop curricular materials to teach scientific reasoning and data visualization across a range of STEM courses by using the foundational work Black social scientist, W.E.B. Du Bois. Du Bois pioneered data visualization techniques that are still considered state of the art across science disciplines. Du Bois applied these methods to investigate the social causes of racial inequality and promote Black empowerment in ways that were accessible for broad audiences. In partnership with our collaborators at Fisk University (where Du Bois earned his first degree) and the University of California at Merced, we will test curricular materials in STEM courses across our three institutions. We will use quantitative analysis of course survey and administrative data to assess curricular impacts on students from underrepresented communities of color.

Qualified candidates with a Ph.D. in Sociology, Education, or other related fields are invited to apply. We are seeking associates who have quantitative training in data analysis and data visualization and an understanding of race and racism and the sociology of science. But qualitative scholars of race and racism and the sociology of science are also encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will be expected to work in collaboration with the principal investigators, including Frederick Wherry in Sociology and Jeffrey Himpele, the director of the VizE Lab in Anthropology. The postdoctoral associate will help to: (1) co-develop, deploy, and link course surveys to student administrative data, (2) conduct computational analyses, (3) author and issue briefs, papers, and code to disseminate results, and (4) consult and engage with relevant policy actors. The associate will be encouraged to also develop their own research agenda and will enjoy professional development and incorporation into departmental life at Princeton. This is a full-time, year-long academic positions with an anticipated start date of May 2024. The term of appointment is based on rank. Positions at the postdoctoral rank are for one year with the possibility of renewal pending satisfactory performance and continued funding; those hired at more senior ranks may have multi-year appointments.

Required Qualifications
* Ph.D. in Sociology, Education, Sociology of Science, or other related fields.
* An ability to work in Stata.
* Strong methodological and data analysis skills.
* A demonstrated the ability to conduct independent and collaborative scientific research.

Preferred Qualifications
* Fluency in R or Python.
* Prior research on race and/or racial disparities in the US context.
* Background expertise on the scholarship of W.E.B. Du Bois.
* Willingness to mentor and supervise graduate research assistants.
* Experience working on team-based quantitative research.

Salary and benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience per Princeton University Postdoctoral salary scales.

REQUIREMENTS Please apply via

1) Cover letter: Include a brief description of your relevant experience, training, and career goals.
2) Curriculum vita
3) Research Statement: Two pages max, single-spaced (1-inch margins)
4) List of 3 professional references with contact information including mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address (reference letters will be automatically requested upon application submission)
5) 2 writing samples (publications, dissertation chapters, or policy briefs)

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