Job Posting: Postdoctoral Fellowships at Washington University in St. Louis

The Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government and Public Policy is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization at Washington University in St. Louis that combines academic research with public policy analyses. The Center’s unique leadership team is comprised of a leading political scientist, a renowned economist, and a prominent business leader. The Center was created in 1975 as the Center for the Study of American Business under the direction of Murray Weidenbaum and renamed in his honor in 2001. The mission of the Center is to serve as a bridge between policymakers and scholars by supporting scholarly research, public affairs programs, and other activities at the intersection of government and business — addressing some of the most important public policy issues facing America.

The Center is pleased to announce a new postdoctoral position to begin Summer of 2018.

The Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship (upon renewal based on satisfactory performance in the first year), for a scholar with substantive interests in at least two of the following three areas: stratification/inequality, gender, and the sociology of work. A postdoctoral research fellow and the Department of Sociology may propose teaching as part of the fellow’s duties. The start date can be negotiated but must begin no earlier than July 1, 2018 and no later than September 1, 2018. The fellow will work under the supervision of Professors Jake Rosenfeld and Caitlyn Collins. We are particularly interested in candidates with a Ph.D. in either Sociology, Political Science, Public Policy, or a related field whose doctoral research uses quantitative methods. Candidates must be proficient in Stata statistical software and have extensive experience working with quantitative datasets.

The fellow will assist Professors Rosenfeld and Collins in all facets of an NSF-funded investigation of managerial practices and gender inequality in U.S. workplaces, including data cleaning, data analysis, preparation of working papers for journal submission, and preparation of a publically available data repository (a stipulation of the NSF award). Fellows are expected to be in residence during the fellowship period and to participate in the intellectual life of the Department of Sociology along with the other units of Washington University relevant to the Fellow’s research and teaching interests. The Department of Sociology may propose teaching (not to exceed one course per academic year) as part of the fellow’s duties. Fellows will work together in a collaborative setting with faculty mentors and work toward the production of jointly published scholarly research. Shared office space will be provided in the Weidenbaum Center suite which is located in the same building as the Department of Sociology. Postdoctoral fellows will also join a vibrant postdoctoral community across the university, including but not limited to the departments of African and African American Studies, Education, Economics, Political Science, and Sociology; the Brown School of Social Work and the Institute for Public Health. Duties are the pursuit of original research with the guidance of the faculty supervisor(s).


Required qualifications include a Ph.D. and training in Sociology, Political Science, Public Policy, or related fields. Candidates must have received their Ph.D. degree after July 1, 2015. For candidates finishing their Ph.D. in 2018, all requirements of the degree must be finished no later than June 30, 2018. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, protected veteran, or disability status.


Fellows receive a salary of $52,000 per year, plus benefits; and a $2,500 research/travel stipend.


Completed applications must include a CV, a cover letter that describes the applicant’s training and research interest as it relates to data analytics, social science and the aforementioned job description, one writing sample, and two letters of reference. We will interview finalists by phone. The application deadline is March 23, 2018.

Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted electronically. Please visit the Washington University Human Resources web page ( and search for job requisition number 39475. Candidates should create an account, complete the application form and upload a CV and supporting materials. Please follow the directions below for uploading documents to your profile.

  1. Log into your account. Click on ‘My Activities’
  2. Click on ‘Add Attachment’
  3. Choose attachment type and purpose and click ‘Upload Attachment’
  4. Browse for document on your computer and upload file

You may upload your documents as one file or individual files. Questions should be e-mailed to


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, protected veteran, or disability status.

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