Post-Doctoral Scholar in Political Science

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Job Title:

Post-Doctoral Scholar in Political Science

Requisition Number:


Department Name:

8E110:Political Science

Work Location:

Lexington, KY

Type of Position:


Position Time Status :


Tenure Track Status:

Non-Tenure Track

Required Education:

PhD in Political Science with an expertise in international relations

Required Related Experience:

Experience working with large international relations datasets

Required License/Registration/Certification:


Job Summary:

The Department of Political Science at the University of Kentucky (UK) in Lexington, KY is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to support a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored collaborative research project. The position is for one-year (12 months). Successful candidates will have a PhD in political science with an expertise in international relations.

An ideal candidate will have exceptional data management skills, the ability to analyze large-N TSCS observational data, ability to analyze survey experiment data, experience working with large international relations datasets, and excellent time-management skills.

The successful candidate will be expected to work with the Principal Investigators (PIs) Tiffany D. Barnes and Diana Z. O’Brien on their NSF funded research. Job duties include collecting and managing large TSCS datasets; programming surveys in Qualtrics; analyzing observational and survey experiment data; supervising undergraduate students and in-country research assistants; and collaborating with PI to write up and publish results. There are no teaching responsibilities associated with this position.

The salary is $47,500 and includes health insurance. $5,000 will be provided to defray the cost of moving expenses (to be paid through payroll and will be taxed). $3,000 will be provided for research support.

In addition, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to coauthor with PIs on an article length manuscript(s); the opportunity to include questions/experiments on one or more surveys; and the opportunity to present and receive feedback on research in PI organized working group and at departmental seminar.

The starting date for this one-year position is expected to be July 1, 2021.

Interested applicants should submit the following materials as one pdf-file (upload as Specific Request 1): (1) letter of interest, (2) CV, and (3) writing samples and supplementary materials. The cover letter should describe you empirical approaches to conducting research, datasets you have worked with and/or are comfortable managing and analyzing, programming skills, and language proficiencies (if applicable). The writing samples and supplementary materials should demonstrate a breadth of methods skills. In addition, please provide the names and contact information for three references when prompted in the academic profile. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

Review of applications will begin on February 20th, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities:

Exceptional data management skills; the ability to analyze large-N TSCS observational data; ability to analyze survey experiment data; and excellent time-management skills

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Open Until Filled:


University Community of Inclusion:

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.




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Posted: 2/8/2021
Application Due: 4/14/2021
Work Type: Full Time