Job # 076118
Job Title Postdoctoral Associate - Policy Research
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range Commensurate with Experience
FLSA Status Exempt
Determined by department Chair.
Job Type Full-time
Rank Post Doc
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
The Education and Social Policy Project (ESPP) at Syracuse University
invites applications for a Postdoctoral Associate. The Postdoctoral Associate
will work with Professors Amy Ellen Schwartz and Michah W. Rothbart on
empirical research in education policy and economics, employing quasi-
experimental methods and cutting edge econometrics.
Key projects use large administrative data sets for NYC public school students
to: (1) investigate the measurement, determinants, and impacts of
absenteeism for student academic performance, attending to differences across
child sociodemographic and economic characteristics, such as race/ethnicity,
sex, grade, neighborhood of residence, and eligibility for free or reduced
price lunch; (2) continue ongoing research on the relationships between
school choice and pupil transportation, including consequences for attendance
and academic success; and (3) explore how COVID-19 pandemic affected
children's health and education in NYC over time, including changes in
racial/ethnic and income disparities, the effects of vaccine availability and
uptake, and the role of school and neighborhood resources in shaping outcomes
Preference will be given to candidates with strong econometric and writing
skills, experience using large administrative data sets, and an interest in
The Postdoctoral Associate will work with others on all stages of research,
including statistical analyses, co-authorship of peer-reviewed publications,
presentation of research at conferences, and the development of new projects.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Economics, Public Policy, Education Policy or
a related discipline at the start date. Preference will be given to applicants
with strong quantitative skills, experience analyzing large datasets, and
demonstrated capacity for academic publication. The applicant must be in
residence for the two-year period.
Job Specific Qualifications
a. PhD in Economics, Education Policy, Public Policy, or related discipline.
b. Quantitative research skills: this position requires strong background in
statistical/econometric methods used in public affairs research, experience
analyzing large datasets, and proficiency in statistical software such as
c. Strong writing skills.
d. Organization and communication skills, and a willingness to work as part of
a team of researchers.
Under the direction of the faculty mentors, collaborate on absenteeism and
COVID-19 project research, construct project datasets, and conduct
quantitative analyses of secondary data. With the supervision of a faculty
mentors, work on publishing research stemming from the dissertation and
developing new lines of inquiry. Develop presentations, research
communications, etc., and present research at conferences, meetings with
policymakers, key constituents. Supervise/collaborate with doctoral students
and research staff, provide technical assistance.
Primary consideration will be given to applications received by April 8, 2022,
but all applications will be considered until the position is filled. Required
1. Cover letter.
2. Curriculum vitae.
3. Two-page research statement.
4. Two representative papers. Peer-reviewed publications are preferred.
Dissertation chapters are also acceptable, as long as they are under 20 pages.
5. Three letters of reference submitted to the SU online application site by
For more information, and to apply, go to: https: // www. sujobopps.com/. For
questions, contact Amy Ellen Schwartz, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Professor of
Public Affairs and Chair, Economics Department; email@example.com or Michah
W. Rothbart, Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International
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Quick Link https: // www. sujobopps.com/postings/89821
Job Posting Date 11/23/2021
Application Deadline 04/08/2022
Open Until Filled No
Priority Consideration 04/08/2022
Job Category Faculty
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