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Research Scientist/Associate or Full Professor

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The Institute for Policy & Social Research (IPSR) is a faculty-driven research center supporting social scientists who focus on social problems and policy-relevant research questions. The Institute for Policy & Social Research at the University of Kansas invites candidates to apply for the position of Research Scientist/Associate or Full Professor. The Research Scientist will hold a joint appointment (research and tenured) within IPSR and the Economics Department or School of Public Affairs and Administration at KU. Candidates will be considered at the Associate Professor/Associate Scientist or Full Professor/Senior Scientist level depending on their credentials. The position is expected to begin as early as August 15, 2022.

The Research Scientist must be a visionary leader and excellent communicator who will be responsible for advancing IPSR’s mission and overseeing the implementation of its strategic goals to conduct cutting-edge social science and policy-relevant research. IPSR facilitates and supports fundamental and cross-disciplinary research on social problems and issues. The Institute provides policy-relevant research to Kansas state and local governments as well as the federal government.

The Research Scientist will also be expected to assume leadership responsibility in collaboration with the KU faculty and IPSR staff for generating external funding from public and private sources to maintain a significant program of national and international research related to the mission of IPSR. The Research Scientist will possess a robust interest and commitment to policy-relevant research around the areas of regional economic development, public finance, labor markets, demography, education, and/or health.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal education and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the Jayhawks Rising Strategic Plan (see The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S, by the time of appointment.

Required Qualifications: Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through: (1) descriptions of research agenda and teaching philosophy in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity included in CV, and (3) information provided from three professional references.

  1. A PhD in economics, public policy, political science or sociology.
  2. Evidence of external funding, as principal or co-principal investigator, from federal agencies such as US Department of Education, US Department of Health and Human Services, and/or the National Science Foundation; and/or leadership in directing research at a federal agency.
  3. Evidence of established dissemination record over at least a six-year period including peer-reviewed publications and presentations.
  4. Demonstrated potential to teach effectively both undergraduate and graduate courses.
  5. Demonstrated potential to work in collaborative interdisciplinary environments.
  6. Eligibility for appointment with tenure at the rank of Associate or Full Professor/Associate Scientist or Senior Scientist

Candidates should apply at A complete application includes the following materials: Cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement; a teaching statement; and the name and contact information for 3 professional recommendations.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters:

  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Initial review of applications begins December 15, 2021 and continues as needed to ensure a large, high quality, and diverse applicant pool. For additional information contact Jena Gunter at [email protected]. KU is an EO/AAE, full policy at


Working at the University of Kansas 

Join the University of Kansas, and you’ll become part of a Jayhawk family that spans the globe. Wear your KU shirt in London, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Nairobi or anywhere else, and you will likely hear a resounding “Rock Chalk!” from a stranger. Of course, the appropriate response is an enthusiastic “Jayhawk!” Because, after all, they’re not really strangers, they’re family.

The Jayhawk community is united by more than 150 years of tradition and by our commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, transforming the academic experience, and creating solutions through innovative research. KU’s mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.  

The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). We consistently earn high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.

KU faculty and staff embrace our role as the state’s flagship university, AAU member and R1 institution that serves the state, nation and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit; and, we remain true to KU’s historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research and the healing power of service.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

We recognize there are inequalities and privileges generated by historical and persistent intersecting differences by race, ethnicity, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, abilities, religion, regional background, veteran status, citizenship status and nationality. And we hold ourselves accountable for policies, processes and programs that appreciate these and other differences and create more fair, safe and just learning, working and living environments for KU students, faculty and staff.


KU offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate study programs, and we fulfill our mission through academic and research programs of international distinction, coupled with outstanding libraries, teaching museums and information technology. These resources enrich the academic experience for students from all 50 states and 112 countries, and provide enrichment resources for KU faculty and staff.


The university attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academicians that shape a discipline as well as teach it. KU staff are integral to our research success, participating in and supporting discoveries that expand knowledge and improve lives.


The university and our employees serve society through research, teaching and the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. KU's academic programs, arts facilities and public programs provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the larger community. And, KU offers educational, research and service programs throughout the state. KU employees are encouraged to participate in and serve the campus and surrounding communities in a way that is meaningful to them.

International Dimension 

KU offers more than 100 programs of international study and cooperative research for KU students and faculty at sites around the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and abroad. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.


The University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.

Our City and State 

KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States.

Lawrence’s historic and thriving downtown features restaurants, nightlife and local shops offering unique finds that you won’t find anywhere else. The town has more than 50 parks, an encompassing mixed-use trail, and quick access to biking/hiking trails along the Kansas River and around Clinton Lake. A five-minute drive from Lawrence, Clinton Lake offers fishing, boating, beaches, camping and other outdoor activities.

Located just 40 minutes west of Kansas City, Lawrence offers the appeal of a mid-size, suburban town with quick access to the amenities of a large city, including an international airport. The Kansas City metro area is home to world-class museums and cultural activities, Jazz clubs and other nightlife venues, expansive shopping options, and exciting professional sports with the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC.

Kansas is in the center of the country, making it convenient and cost effective to fly or drive to destinations throughout the United States. Far from flat, the Flint Hills, just 90 minutes from Lawrence, offer panoramic vistas that showcase the breathtaking beauty of America.

Making KU Your Home 

Something about Lawrence is magnetic. Long-time residents are never surprised when a KU student or employee from out of state decides to make Lawrence their permanent home. And, even those who do leave often find themselves returning to “the nest” at some point in the future. In fact, Lawrence has been named by several publications as one of the best places to retire.

At the University of Kansas, you’ll join a global Jayhawk family and find a place to call home.

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