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Job no: 99749-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Instructional, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for a position in the area of Social Genomics, beginning August 2020. Social Genomics is a field of research that integrates theories, data, and methods across the social, health, and genetic sciences. This position is one of three hiring opportunities in this area and is part of an interdisciplinary cluster hiring initiative (, designed to foster innovative, outstanding research programs that will stimulate productive interactions among faculty and students interested in the integration of genetics and social science and social policy research across the campus and to expand interdisciplinary research in this area. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a vigorous, cutting-edge, highly visible research program that specializes in data integration from genomic and social science sources with a focus on statistical and computational approaches to genetic prediction (genetic risk scores/polygenic scores) and/or the application of these scores to answering social science/health science/policy questions; advise undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate research in the area of social genomics; develop and maintain extramural funding for their research program; and teach graduate and undergraduate courses or develop new courses in their area of expertise, as appropriate. Faculty hired under this initiative will have primary faculty appointments in a campus department in fields related to social genomics, including Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Population Health Sciences, Sociology, Psychology, Public Affairs, or Agricultural and Applied Economics and will become affiliates with some set of interdisciplinary centers and institutes across campus, such as the Center for the Demography of Health and Aging, the Center for Demography and Ecology, the Institute for Research on Poverty, Waisman Center, and the Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine. Instruction and research leadership and participation in faculty governance at the department level are expected. University and community service will also be expected as appropriate. Tenure home will be determined at time of hire.

Principal Duties:

Responsibilities include conducting research, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to faculty rank.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

PhD in economics or related field with expertise in statistical genetics.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Candidates must have completed research with both genetic and social/health science data for at least 5 years.

Additional Information:

Tenure home for the successful candidate will be determined upon appointment, relevant to candidate's area of expertise. Possible departments include: Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Population Health Sciences, Sociology, Psychology, Public Affairs, Agricultural and Applied Economics.

UW-Madison is seeking a diverse set of faculty candidates who will deepen our university's interdisciplinary research strength in key areas of current and future research promise, as well as faculty candidates who will approach their work in a manner that advances our commitment to research excellence.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.



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Full Time: 100%

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Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 17, 2020


ANNUAL (12 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

Electronic submission of materials is required. Applicants must apply via the on-line application system at Please go to PVL 99749 and click on the "APPLY NOW" button to start an application. Applications must include the following: 1) a CV, 2) a statement describing research interests and accomplishments, as related to the specific descriptions above, 3) a writing sample, and 4) either three letters of reference (all uploaded as one document) and/or names of references.

The deadline for assuring full consideration is August 31, 2019; however, positions will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.


Steven Kulig
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The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applications Open: Jul 25 2019 Central Daylight Time
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