SPP - Postdoctoral Research Associate - Institutional Analysis

Job description

Job no: 506723
Work type: Post Doc (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: School of Public Policy
Union: Post Doc
Categories: Postdoctoral Research Associate

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Description:

Drs. Charlie Schweik (Dept of Environmental Conservation and School of Public Policy) and Brenda Bushouse (School of Public Policy) are seeking to hire a postdoctoral social science research associate for a two-year appointment in institutional analysis. UMass Amherst, in partnership with University of California Davis Professors Vladimer Filkov and Seth Frey, have been awarded two grants from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Growing Convergence Research program, with a project entitled “Jumpstarting Successful Open-Source Software Projects with Evidence-based Rules and Structures.” This project will discern the socio-technical structural and governance conditions under which Internet-based Open-Source Software (OSS) projects are most (and least) effective, and provide actionable knowledge to OSS developers and to the nonprofit organizations that support them.

The position is funded by the National Science Foundation under the following awards:




    PhD in a social science-related field;

    Proficiency in survey design, field interview methods;

    Qualitative and quantitative analytic methods;

    An interest in collaborating with computer and data scientists affiliated with our partner team at UC Davis;

    A background or demonstrated interest in institutional analysis and expertise;

    Familiarity with the Institutional Analysis and Development framework a plus;

    Active research or demonstrated interest in nonprofit organizations a plus; and,

    Demonstrated interest in software development communities a plus.

Application Instructions:

Please submit an application through the UMass Amherst applicant tracking system and include a cover letter, CV, and three professional references. Review of applications begins December 15th and will continue until the position is filled. The position can start at the earliest mid-January 2021.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Nov 12 2020 Eastern Standard Time
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Posted: 11/13/2020
Application Due: 1/12/2021
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