Sociology Postdoctoral Research Fellow
The Vanderbilt University Department of Sociology is pleased to invite applications from qualified candidates for a five-year postdoctoral research position in our department. This is a full-time, 12-month appointment with regular working hours, benefits, etc., optimally beginning in January 2017.
For the successful candidate, the thrust of the work during this fellowship will utilize both quantitative and qualitative research methods to examine persistence in and attrition from the
STEM faculty pipeline at the doctoral and post-doctoral levels. In particular, we will examine the meaning of, salience of, and origins of an (academic/professional) science identity; how this identity may interact with other important social identities (e.g., racial, gendered); and the ways the academic-professional culture in which these individuals are embedded make academic research careers more or less attractive to them.
The Research Fellow, under the guidance of the Principal Investigator (Dr. Richard Pitt, Sociology), will play an active role in every aspect of research, from project design to disseminating findings in publications and presentations. Specific research activities include to varying degrees: instrument development, identifying and synthesizing project-related scientific literature, data collection, data processing, coding, analysis, and dissemination. Duties may include co-supervising undergraduate and graduate research assistants, project management, data entry, transcription, library, and administrative work as project needs warrant. Periodic domestic travel for data collection or other research activities is also required.
Applications are sought from candidates with doctoral degrees in higher education or one of the social science disciplines (e.g., sociology, psychology, economics). We would also consider applicants with doctoral degrees from a STEM discipline who have expertise in social science research methodology. Proficiency with both qualitative (NVivo, AtlasTI) and quantitative (SAS, STATA) data management software, experience in the analysis of qualitative interviews and focus-groups, and the ability to integrate secondary quantitative data are highly desired. A working knowledge of the literature on science identity, career development, and vocational preferences as well as some experience (e.g., an undergraduate degree) in a STEM discipline are useful backgrounds for this position.
Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) the names and full contact information of three references, (3) a writing sample consisting of either a dissertation chapter or an article, and (4) a cover letter situating your past/current work in relation to the central aims of the project. Applications should be submitted electronically as an email attachment to SOCFellow@majorsmatter.net.